Chandon Wines: Heavenly Abode, Bedazzled

The world’s biggest champagne house, Moët Hennessy had a mesmerizing launch party for their two locally made sparkling wines, Chandon Brut and Chandon Brut Rosé.

As you enter through the mystical garden set with maze of mirrors and giant Chandon displays, you are greeted by garcons serving Chandon Brut and Chandon Brut Rosé.

A typical French themed garden decorated with creepers, flowers, trees and shrubs flowing fluidly from the ceiling with a white decor as you enter the main reception room. On each corner as you enter, white swings embellished with flowers and the ceiling adorned with white motifs chandeliers and white flowers with crystal balls, totally heavenly aura and abode.

Mr. Mark F. Bedingham, Regional Managing Director, Moët Hennessy Asia Pacific was the main host for the spectacular launch and was very excited for introducing the wines as he reaffirmed his commitment for India. “With the launch of Chandon, we aim to bring wine-making and the wine culture in India to new heights. Wine excellence is a priority for Moët Hennessy and Chandon will allow us to share our passion for quality and commitment to our French legacy with the Indian market. With the launch of Chandon, we aim to bring winemaking and the wine culture in India to new heights,” said Mr. Mark F. Bedingham.

Mr. Mark F. Bedingham, Regional Managing Director, Moët Hennessy Asia Pacific.

I was eager to taste the Brut and as I sipped it, it was very vivacious and refreshing and tasted the Octopus Hors d’oeuvre with it, which was perfectly paired with the Brut.

The golden bursts with abundance of fruity flavors like citrus blossom, green apple with hints of vanilla, just refreshed me and was tantalizing. The Chenin Blanc grape is sharp while tasting the Brut and the lingering dry taste was felt.

Bombay’s top caliber et crème de la crème attended the event, Shobhaa and Dilip De, Queenie Singh, Anu and Sunny Dewan, Natasha and Adar Poonawala, Bandana Tewari, Michelle and Yohan Poonawala, Nishka Lulla, Sabina and AD Singh, Surily Goel, Renu Chainani, Vijesh Patel, Masaba, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sohail Khan, Evelyn Sharma, Dino Morea, Rahul Akerkar, Pia Trivedi, Sheena Sippy, Mehul & Minita Patel, Nandita Mahtani, Roohi and Chetan Jaikishen, Sushmita Sen, Mehr and Arjun Rampal, Konkana Bakshi, Nisaba Godrej, and others attended the uber Chandon launch and which left all mesmerized.

 Evelyn Sharma.                                                   Mr. Arjun Rampal with Mehr.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gaurav Bhatia, Marketing Director, Moët Hennessy India said, “At Chandon, our philosophy is to marry the Brand’s French heritage and savoir fare with new world innovation and local character to ensure the highest quality sparkling wine in India. We hope to really build the sparkling wine culture with the launch of Chandon’s sparkling wines.”

Mr. Gaurav Bhatia, Marketing Director, Moët Hennessy India.

While enjoying a light Cuban cigar, I tasted the Rosé, and being a complex wine, it took few minutes for me to understand the Rose and the taste unfurled slowly capturing my palate, it was unveiled, rose petals, cherries, grapefruit and guava filled my palate, a mature wine with red fruits and superfine with the Shiraz grapes being dominant, it was very balanced with good acidity.

As the eclectic music beats by Parisian DJ Stéphane Pompougnac, who was specially flown down for the launch, did engross the guests attention to his electronica music and they did danced and swayed to it.

DJ Stéphane Pompougna.                                           GB Bajaj.

To see such an exhilarating launch party and taste the magnifique wines, this surely goes down in my history books of the best reception/parties I have ever attended, I am still wondering, was I heavenly abode tasting the water of life.  Let’s say it’s The Chandon Effervescence.