Grand Cru Champagne and a tale from 1970's London of its most infamous notoriously drunken restauranteur.
Champagne brings out the best in all of us, or the worst as in the case of the notorious alcoholic London restaurateur Peter Langan, owner of the eponymous Langan's Brasserie in Piccadilly that he opened in partnership with actor Michael Caine.
Fuelled by up to 12 bottles of Krug per day, he was renowned for his hell raising antics, potty mouth and capacity to sleep anywhere. He would regularly challenge pretty young things to strip off in the bar in return for large amounts of champagne - often with astonishing success - and had a peculiar habit of cruising menacingly on his hands and knees under tables, biting unsuspecting female diners' ankles.
Langan was notorious for his sharp tongue and vehement reactions to any kind of criticisms, real or imagined. On occasion an outraged woman found a dead cockroach in the ladies' loo and complained. He put her right: "It can't be one of ours. This cockroach is dead. All ours are alive and healthy." He promptly swallowed it, washed down with vintage Krug.
On another occasion he barred Rudolf Nureyev for, as he quipped, "being himself".
And then there was the time that he didn't recognise Marlon Brando when he came into the restaurant, explaining: "The only thing I knew about him was that he is even fatter than me."
He died in 1988 at the age of 47 after a failed attempt at self-immolation.
Sadly we can't all afford to drink Krug every day so are always on the look out for a delicious well made Grand Cru champagne at a more modest price point.
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE until we run out:
UKC Mailly Grand Cru Champagne, France
Price: JPY 5,000 per bottle for individual bottles orders, 4,500 / bottle based on 6+ and 4,000 per botttle for 12 bottle case orders.
Number of cases available: 10
Availability: available immediately
How to order:
Simply reply to this mail stating how many bottles you want and we will contact you for payment and to arrange delivery. Wines may be ordered by the single bottle but substantial discounts are available for 6- and 12- bottle cases orders. Free delivery to your door for 6- and 12- bottle cases, single bottles available for collection from Parabola.
Great value delicious champagne from a famous grand cru vineyard.
We have been particularly delighted with this find, the UKC from historical English wine merchant Berry Brothers and Rudd. It is sourced from the prestigious Grand Cru village of Mailly, located at the heart of the Montagne de Reims and is a classic blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay.
This stunning Grand Cru Champagne contains reserve wine that has been aged in barrels from Chateau Margaux. Aged for four years this is powerful and elegant, rich yet poised and displays aromas of gingerbread, lemongrass and honeysuckle. Grand Cru quality fruit is particularly evident on the long and authoritative finish
Just as in Burgundy where superior sites are awarded premier cru and grand cru status, so in Champagne a number of villages are recognised as producing superior grapes, they too being recognised as premier and grand cru. Historically this system was used to determine the pricing of grapes. Of the over 300 villages in the region only 17 have been bestowed with the ultimate grand cru accolade. These include Ambonnay, home to Krug's Clos d'Ambonnay, probably the most expensive champagne in the world at around $2,500 bottle.
Try before you buy:
All wines we offer will be available for tasting at Parabola so you can buy in complete confidence.
No space to store your wine? Don't worry, 12 bottle cases come with three months free warehousing in our temperature controlled facilities in Shinagawa. Bottles can then be delivered from the warehouse for collection at wine bar Parabola.
"Wine makes all things possible."