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Vintage Billecart ‘Wines of Distinction’ Series: Queenstown Dinner

May 10, 2024

Join us for a three course degustation of our rarest vintage Champagnes from Maison Billecart-Salmon, paired with the exceptional dishes created by the world renowned Eichardt’s culinary team.

Prepare for an evening of culinary and vinous wonders as we present a meticulously crafted three-course meal thoughtfully paired with a selection of phenomenal vintage champagnes. Delight in the harmonious marriage of flavours, where each dish is artfully designed to complement the unique characteristics of these prestigious champagnes.

Indulge in an exclusive tasting which will offer you a sensory thrill through the cellars of one of the top-rated Champagne Houses.

Tasting Journey Includes:

Tickets to the dinner are strictly limited. Book today to reserve your place today to embark on this exclusive journey through the finest Billecart-Salmon vintage Champagnes.

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Maison Billecart-Salmon

Situated in the Champagne heartland of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, near Epernay, Billecart-Salmon has been under family ownership and management since its founding in 1818. It is a family-run winery with a majority share owned by the Billecart family and a minority holding is held by the Frey group, itself a family-owned business – they are owners of Château La Lagune in Bordeaux, Paul Jaboulet Ainé in the Rhône, and Château Corton C in Burgundy.

The Billecart family still lives on site and there remains a strong sense of long-visioned family continuity at play. Today there’s the seventh generation Mathieu Roland-Billecart overseeing everyday business as CEO, working closely with Antoine and François.

Champagne of the Millennium

On 12 June 1999, a jury of international experts came together to judge which champagne would be awarded the grand title of “Champagne of the Millennium” following a blind tasting.

Among the 150 champagnes in competition were the two Billecart-Salmon vintages, the Nicolas François Brut 1959 and the Nicolas François Brut 1961. When the results were announced, these two vintages took both first and second place

In his book The Great Tasting, Richard Juhlin wrote of the winner: “The perfect champagne, 1959 Billecart-Salmon, had everything one would expect of a luxury champagne, but in a seldom seen concentration and simultaneously with harmonious balance. A totally perfect champagne in its category, with a smoky, honey-smooth extremely long taste of walnut, orange blossom and chocolate. All who ever get to drink this fabulous wine just have to love the pleasure it grants. When you study the end results it is striking to see how obvious the victory was.”

It was awarded a final mark of 98.5 out of 100.

You can read more about Billecart-Salmon here & about Vintage Billecart-Salmon here.

Eichardt’s Hotel

Eichardt's Private HotelGuided by the experienced hand of Chef Sylvester Nair (previously of Hippopotamus in Wellington), dining at Eichardt’s offers the opportunity to savour local and seasonal flavours within a range of elegant settings.

For the dinner, Eichardt’s can offer the following special rates – which much be booked directly with the hotel or via Dhall & Nash.

These special rates will not be available or advertised elsewhere.

  • The Penthouse – NZ$11,500 per night for one night or NZ$9,000 per night, for two or more nights.
  • Lake View Suite – NZ$2,450 per night for one night or NZ$2,150 per night, for two or more nights.
  • Heritage Suite – NZ$2,200 per night of one night or NZ$1,950 per night, for two or more nights.

Rates are based on occupancy of two persons per suite and include our standard signature inclusions of daily a la carte breakfast, nightly pre-dinner drink and canapés, $50 per person dining credit, for food only that can be used when dining in any of our three venues (The Grille, Eichardt’s Bar or No5) and valet carparking.

Date: Friday, 10th May, 2024
Time: 06:30pm
Location: Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Cost: $395 per person (incl. GST)
Dress Code: Formal Attire

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please contact us at puneet@dnfinewine.com or 09 357 0493.

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