Taittinger Tribute


When Thibaud IV, Comte de Champagne, returned home to France from the Crusades in 1240 he brought two treasures with him from Cyprus.

The first was the Damask Rose, the second was a vine which would become the mark of Champagne Taittinger.

Nearly 800 years later guests at a special Bay Of Many Coves Resort weekend in the Marlborough Sounds will toast Thibaud IV with a glass of Champagne Taittinger that owes its being to the chardonnay vine he planted.

The Champagne Taittinger tasting and presentation is part of a special Luxury Jazz Weekend from August 16-18 at the exclusive resort in the Marlborough Sounds.

One of the treats will be a tribute to sultry torch singer, Peggy Lee from vocalist Fran Barton accompanied by pianist-trumpeter-composer-arranger, Kevin Clark and Rowan Clark on bass.

Another will be the superb range of Champagne Taittinger wines that guests will experience over the course of the weekend. They will receive a glass of Champagne Taittinger on their arrival, a bottle of Taittinger Prestige Rose with their Saturday lunch and the legendary Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc will be served at a special degustation dinner in the evening.

The dinner will be introduced by Nick Bolster from Vintners NZ, who will talk about Champagne Taittinger and its traditions and then lead the guests in a toast to Thibaud IV.

Kevin Clark, Fran Barton and Rowan Clark will perform throughout the dinner, complementing the superb menu and wines.

Nick and Co-Owner of Bay Of Many Coves, Murray McCaw, are also planning a tasting of a range of champagnes on Saturday afternoon for people interested in exploring the differing champagne styles.

Nick explains the uniqueness of Taittinger is due to the higher percentage of chardonnay used in the make-up of the wines. “This gives Taittinger its elegance and femininity but with real structure behind it,” he says.

The champagne house was purchased by the Taittinger family in the 19th century and is now one of the few family owned premium Champagne houses remaining.

Nick has met third generation owner, Pierre Emanuel Taittinger, when he visited New Zealand and is in regular contact with son, Clovis, Export Director for the champagne company and its future leader.

“Taittinger is one of the great Champagnes of the world and we are proud to have the wines served at the prestigious 5-star Bay Of Many Coves resort,” Nick says.

Murray McCaw sees a strong synergy between the Taittinger bubbles and the bubbling personalities of the jazz trio who’ll perform throughout the Taittinger Luxury Jazz Weekend.

In the past Kevin, Fran and Rowan have sold out every performance at Bay Of Many Coves and Murray is delighted with the response to the August 16-18 weekend.

“They’re at the top of their game and their music is exciting and enduring because of their remarkable talent. The weekend will be a taste treat in every sense of the word,” he says.

Prices for the Luxury Jazz Weekend start from $860 per person.



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