If bubbles are your jam, June 9 is a date to add to your diary, STAT. As well as being Johnny Depp’s birthday (happy 55th, Johnny!) and International Donald Duck Appreciation Day (oh boy, oh boy, oh boy), it’s Moët & Chandon Grand Day. The date will mark a cascade of champagne-fuelled celebrations in over 80 countries across the globe, with glasses clinking everywhere from the tipple’s French birthplace (naturellement!) to Hong Kong, Lagos and Geneva. It’s a day dedicated to acknowledging the joys of life, which is something we can totally get behind.
And let’s face it, nothing turns an ordinary winter’s day into a party quite like a flute of Brut, so we’re happy to hear that, locally, the champagne house has partnered with the party-cognoscenti at Merivale to deliver two sparkly celebrity-style events at The Establishment in Sydney’s CBD. You can sign up for a bottomless Saturday brunch feast (the city’s current obsession) or grab tickets to the Moët Grand Party that evening (you’ll find tickets to both via the ticketbooth.com.au site).
Obviously, if you’re planning a day of celebration, you’ll need some champagne-related facts to ensure you’re speaking the language, so start with these:
The difference between vintage and non-vintage bubbles is how old they are. Non-vintage champagne is required to be aged a minimum of 15 months, while vintage versions need at least three years in the bottle.
What’s In A Name
True champagne can only come from the grapes cultivated in the Champagne region of France, by the methode traditionelle
There is more pressure in your bottle of bubbles than in the tyres of your car – around three times, to be exact. Be cautious when you’re popping those corks…
If you’re a true champagne devotee, we recommend blocking out the weekend, rather than just the day, and spending the night of June 9 in one of the Establishment Hotel’s chic suites, situated ultra-conveniently at the rear of the two party venues. Book the special overnight package (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) and you’ll access two tickets to the glittering Grand Party, a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial waiting for you in your room on arrival (the ideal accompaniment while you’re doing your hair and make-up), and breakfast for two, with two Moët Minis, to help ease you both through the following morning. The A-list experience will set you back $690 and makes an ideal way to celebrate Grand Day in glamorous French style. Mais oui, we’ll drink to that!