e happy couple in true regal style, or you need to lay down a very special vintage for their baby's christening, take a little Champagne advice from wine critic Matthew Jukes, who also helps to oversee Quintessentially's team of Wine specialists.


Pol Roger - a modern wedding choice

"With a Royal Warrant awarded by Queen Elizabeth II, Pol Roger is a favourite Champagne with the Royal Family and was served 'en magnum' at Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding." 


Billecart-Salmon, Le Clos Saint-Hilaire - a wonderful all-rounder

"If I had to choose just one bottle from Champagne, this is it." 


Louis Roederer Cristal – a bottle with beauty and history on its side

"In the late 1800s, Tsar Alexander II wanted to differentiate his Champagne from bottles enjoyed by his subjects, and so his cellar-master asked Louis Roederer to come up with something ingenious. A Flemish glass master designed a clear 'crystal' bottle with a flat bottom, and Cristal was born. As official supplier of Champagne to the Imperial Court of Russia, Roederer suddenly, and perhaps unwittingly, launched one of the marketing coups of the modern wine world." 


Bollinger - Champagne with a Royal vintage

"The Bollinger story starts over 500 years ago. By 1884 however, Queen Victoria had become such a fan that she granted Bollinger a Royal Warrant. With Royal Warrants from the Prince of Wales and King Edward VII, Bollinger's fame was unprecedented. The House was awarded another Royal Warrant from King George V, followed by a fifth one from George VI in 1950, and then a sixth from Queen Elizabeth II in 1955." 


* While we're on the subject of spirits, Quintessentially has been granted a strictly limited number of tickets for Members to attend a celebration launch in honour of the Royal Salute Flask Collection, inspired by Kew Palace. The special experience, held on the 14th of June in London, includes an exclusive whisky tasting and a bespoke gastronomic dinner prepared by a senior royal chef.Contact Experiences@quintessentially.com to find out more. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for this experience. 


If you'd like expert guidance on choosing a wine or champagne that's fit for a royal or any other special occasion, please don't hesitate to contact Quintessentially's Wine specialists at: rosie.jones@quintessentially.com