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Soft Shell Crab, Crispy Sweetbreads and Lobster Crema with Champagne Salon 1999 Blanc de Blancs?

Posted on | May 23, 2011 | Written by Chris Deas | No Comments

A traditional British lunch of battered haddock and chips is not my first impulse to pair with the ever-elegant Champagne Salon.  A few weeks ago in London’s Notting Hill the icon of sophisticated bubbles did just that for the launch of the highly anticipated 1999 vintage of Salon Champagne.

The fish and chips pairing in hindsight, makes perfect sense. While a young, vibrant sparkler does amazing things with anything fried, if you add a little age to the bubbly, its mature earthy notes are a prime candidate for a concoction of popcorn with truffle oil and salt.  Simplicity is at its best here, and these two pairings are among the great food and wine pairings of the world we sometimes overlook.  However, Champagne can work with caviar, oysters, lobsters, foie gras, sushi, smoked fish, Chinese food, and turkey, which begs the question, is Champagne the most versatile wine on the planet?  We will certainly test the statement as we do an American take on fish and chips — Soft Shell Crab, Crispy Sweetbread and Lobster Crema, all paired with Champagne Salon 1999 Blanc de Blancs.

IWM couldn’t be more pleased to announce our June winemaker series with Champagne Salon and Delamotte that will be held in both New York and Aspen.  Building on the versatility of these estates’ great Champagnes, Chef Kevin and I plan to put a twist on some classic pairings to celebrate a first taste of the 1999 Champagne Salon, along with some aged gems that date back to 1983.  Hope you can join us or explore your own pairing from the menu below with these great houses of Champagne.   Cheers!

Vintage Champagne Salon and Delamotte Dinner
Featuring fine Champagnes from the Historic Houses of Salon and Delamotte

When: Wednesday, June 15th
Reception: 6:30-7:15 pm (Oysters and Seafood)
Dinner: 7:30-9:30 pm (Four Courses)
Italian Wine Merchants
Price: Inquire

Menu and Wine List:

Reception:  Seafood Bar and Beyond: Oysters, Crudo, Iberico Jamon
Champagne Delamotte Non-Vintage Blanc de Blancs (from Magnum)

Course 1:  Soft Shell Crab, Crispy Sweetbread and Lobster Crema
Champagne Salon 1999 Blanc de Blancs

Course 2:  Bucatini with Sardinian Bottarga, Ciabatta and Italian Caviar
Champagne Salon 1997 Blanc de Blancs

Course 3:  Roasted Veal, Chicken Liver, Pancetta, and Morels

Champagne Salon 1988 Blanc de Blancs

Dessert Course: Bread Pudding
Champagne Salon 1983 Blanc de Blancs


Called the ultimate cult Champagne and the diamant jonquille of sparkling wines, Champagne Salon is for IWM simply where sophistication in Champagne begins.  This is the original Blanc de Blancs created from a single grape variety, Chardonnay, from a single source, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.  In just over one century, these exclusive bubbles have only been created in only 41 vintages.  IWM sees it as only fitting to launch our Vintage Winemaker Series in both New York and Aspen with the rare and iconic Champagne Salon, along with their sister house Champagne Delamotte, the fifth-oldest in the region.

Jean-Baptiste Cristini of Champagne Salon-Champagne Delamotte and IWM will lead this five-course dinner and tasting where guests will be among the first in the country to experience the highly anticipated release from the 1999 vintage, alongside vintage gems that date back to 1983. The menu, prepared by IWM’s own Chef Kevin Sippel, will feature small plate cuisine from around the world to accent the versatility, ageability and depth of Champagne Salon.  Eat, drink, converse and enjoy the ineffable sophistication and indisputable beauty of Champagne Salon and Champagne Delamotte with IWM.

For more information and reservations, please contact Chris Deas at 212.473.2323 x101 or via email Reservations are on first-come, first-served basis. Due to the rarity of the wines and the limited seating, advance payment is required upon confirmation. Payments are non-refundable.



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