Meet The Grower Colin Champagne Tasting at Comptoir + Cuisine, Bath

If you have been following us for a while, you've probably seen our reviews of Comptoir + Cuisine before. Quirky and cosy, the bistro and champagne speakeasy are wonderful additions to the Bath foodie scene. If you haven't had a chance to see them, have a look here for the bistro, and here for the champagne speakeasy

On this occasion, we were invited to a champagne Colin tasting dinner 🥂. The Colin brothers specialise in Chardonnay-dominated champagnes, most of their vineyards being on the Côte des Blancs in France. 

They have been growers for several generations, starting all the way back in 1829. We had a special member of the Colin family, Delphine, who explained all of the champagnes to us.

We started with the Cuvée Alliance Brut NV (65% Chardonnay, 35% Meunier). It was gentle, fruity and floral. It came paired with a fruity comté croquette which, like all of the cheese at Comptoir + Cuisine, was lovely.

We then moved onto the "Blanche de Castille" Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Brut NV and the "Extra Dry" Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru NV. We got both at the same time and had to guess which one was sweeter - it was definitely the Extra Dry one. 

This came paired with Camembert truffle 🤤 and gratin of crozet (a kind of French mac & cheese) which was obviously delicious. Everyone dug into the amazing cheeses paired with some fresh bread. 

We then tried the Cuvée Rose 1er Cru NV (85% Chardonnay & 15% Pinot noir from Vertus) which was super sweet. It was paired with a beautiful charcuterie board which created a perfect balance of salty meats and sweet champagne.

To finish, we had the Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Vintage which was served with a sponge cake made with artisanal beer topped with Chantilly cream.

Delphine explained that the main difference between vintage and non-vintage champagne is not that the vintage is at least 3 years old, but that it's made from grapes from only one year's harvest. Non-vintage champagne, on the other hand, is a blend of different years' harvests. Interesting right?

Thank you for a fabulous evening where got to taste champagnes, have amazing French food (those cheeses & bread omg 🤩) and learn a little bit more about the fantastic drink from one of the growers themselves! These types of events are open to the public (ticketed) so if you're interested, make sure to sign up for one of the next ones. We would highly recommend it for any champagne & cheese lover 🍾🥂🧀.

If you can't make it to an event, make sure to check out Comptoir + Cuisine for their bistro, speakeasy champagne bar and their French concept store 🇫🇷.

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to this event on a complimentary basis in return for coverage on our social media accounts. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are our own and are not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.