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From Champagne, With Love

In the 1943 film “Old Acquaintance” Katherine “Kit” Marlowe, as played by Bette Davis, quips, “There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” That time will surely be on Friday 14th February when every woman will receive some pleasant (and occasionally not so pleasant) surprises from their admirers. Chocolates and flowers are fine but there’s nothing like a bottle (or three) of good champagne to set the heart aflutter. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to share with your beloved. Remember that only wine that actually comes from Champagne can be called champagne. If it comes from anywhere else it is merely sparkling wine, however expensive it might be. There is nowhere better to buy a bottle of champagne than The Perfect Cellar. Our exclusive suppliers Bénédicte Jonchère and Tendil & Lombardi make their wines with as much love and care as you would raise a child. Bénédicte Jonchère is a “Récoltant-Manipulant”, a champagne producer who actually grows his own grapes and oversees the entire process from the vineyard to the bottle. The quality is inevitably exceptional. M and Mme Jonchère have been happily married for years, if any further proof were needed of the aphrodisiacal qualities of their delicious Grand Reserve. For a special treat why not try Tendil & Lombardi’s Cuvée Hyménée NV, which is named after the Greek god of marriage ceremonies. You never know your romantic luck when you open a bottle of this. As Graham Greene wrote in “Travels With My Aunt”, “Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.” And what lover could resist that?

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