Happy Hour Wine Tasting Featuring Champagne Tribaut

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 06:00 PM

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"Why do you take aspirin with champagne?"

Ivan in Author! Author! (1982)

Those of you that have been getting my propaganda know that Champagne is my favorite wine therefore I can't go too long without a Champagne tasting.  So when I learned that our friends from Champagne Tribaut would be in town later this month I figured it would be a nice theme for a Happy Hour wine tasting. 

This family-owned Champagne house has 150 acres of vines and produces around 35,000 cases a year.  The Tribaut family owns vineyards in 14 different terroirs of Champagne and they are one of the greatest undiscovered old stories in Champagne. 

Discover one of the hidden secrets of Champagne as we taste through the entire line-up from Champagne Tribaut for an incredible evening along with some tasty treats prepared by chef Toni Lampasone.  The fee for this tasting is $95 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463.

And now we have scientific proof that Champagne is good for your brain!!!  Check out the article at the end of this announcement.

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Happy Hour Champagne Tasting Featuring Champagne Tribaut

Wednesday, May 29th

6:00 PM

Brut Origine


Price: $343.50    Your Price: $302.28         


Price: $119.00    Your Price: $104.72           


Price: $45.00       Your Price: $39.60         

This is a 5th generation family owned property and they have 150 acres of vines, they use oak for the aging, they buy 15% of the fruit from a cousin, producing 35,000 cases a year. Vineyards in 14 different terroirs, 3yrs 8 grams per liter, a honeyed character. A blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier. From 8 Terroirs Brut Origine is a fruity and middle-full body Champagne with a low dosage of 8grs of sugar per liter.

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List Price: $58.00               Your Price: $51.04           

50 % Pinot Meunier – 50 % Pinot Noir

Produced in 4 terroirs:   Romery, Eceuil, Damery & Olizy

This original blend of Champagne is aged partially in oak barrels resulting in a powerful aromatic profile and exceptional elegance on the palate.

Aged for 30 months on its lees before disgorgement.

No dosage at disgorgement



Price: $60.00       Your Price: $52.80

Assemblage: 100% Chardonnay. 30 to 40% of the blend was made with reserve wine matured in French oak barrels. This wine is aged for a minimum of 48 months on the lees in the chalk cellars before disgorgement.

A powerful yet elegant floral bouquet, with toasted and buttery aromas. Beautiful complexity and structure on the palate, with distinct mineral notes, wild honey and toasty flavors, followed by a pleasant dry finish.

Brut Millésime


List Price: $75.00               Your Price: $66.00

Valée de la marne & Montagne de Reims

A blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay

Made from a single year's harvest and blended with 20% Pinot Noir vinified in large casks (foudres), this cuvée shows good maturity with a powerful vinous backdrop. The Brut Millésime pairs perfectly with refined dishes.

Aged for 5 years on the lees before disgorgement. Dosage of 6 grams of sugar per litre.

Cuvée René


Price: $207.50    Your Price: $182.60

A blend of Chardonnay 70%, Pinot Noir 30%. 20 to 30% of the blend made with reserve wine. This wine is a selection of the best parcels from the Tribaut vineyards. It is aged for 6 to 8 years on the lees in the chalk cellars before degorgement.

This is the non vintage flagship from the House Tribaut. The Chardonnay ensures that this aged Champagne is full of freshness, fruitiness and liveliness, in balance with an outstanding maturity shown by vanilla, nutty and honey flavours, as well as an ample structure.

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Price: $149.00    Your Price: $131.12

A blend of 60% Pinot Noir • 40% Chardonnay  L'Authentique is full of character with a period of 2 years ageing in oak barrels and with a very low dosage of 5grs/liter, it gives to L'Authentique a generous nose with hints of wood and vanilla, notes of fresh butter, caramel and brioche. A great maturity mouth, well balanced, ample and fresh. L'Authentique is beautiful on its own, perfect with red meats and can surprise you with cheese....

L Authentique


Price: $137.00    Your Price: $120.56

From 3 terroirs: Georgette (Romery), Pitances & Mères vignes (Fleury-la-rivière) Numbered limited edition.   A blend of  80% Pinot Noir & Meunier and 20% Chardonnay.

Made from a unique and creative blend, this vintage rosé Champagne exudes generous notes of red berries and strawberry. This well-balanced rosé Champagne is produced using the skin contact 'saignée' method. Its exceptional finesse and hemp twine muselet further enhance its unique personality.

Just 1,409 bottles of this champagne are produced each year. They are aged "sur lattes" (stacked horizontally) for 3 years before disgorgement. Dosage of 4 grams of sugar per litre.

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Price: $45.00       Your Price: $39.60

Assemblage: Pinot Noir 60%, Pinot Meunier 40%. 20 to 40% of this blend was made with reserve wine. This wine has aged for a minimum of 48 months on the lees in the chalk cellars before disgorgement.

A fruity and elegant Champagne, with a superb light salmon color. The palate is dominated by red fruit flavors such as blackcurrant and raspberry. Nice mature complexity on the palate.

Drinking tips: Perfect for celebrating a beautiful sunset as well with chocolate brownies and strawberry cheesecake. Also pairs well with white meat and delicate Asian food.

Selection of Cheese and Charcuterie

Truffle Parmesan Shoestring French Fries

Panko Fried Potato Cake topped with American Sturgeon Caviar and all the accoutrements

Chicken Bang Bang

Braised Pork Belly Hong Shao Rou

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The fee for this tasting is $95 + tax for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com



Champagne Tribaut Schloesser was founded in 1929 in the heart of the Champagne region, in Romery, a few kilometers away from the capital of Champagne, Epernay. Tribaut-Schloesser was born from the union of Jean Tribaut with Suzanne Schloesser, both wine growing families.

For four generations, the Tribaut Family has maintained their passion and expertise to produce impressively delicate and refined Champagnes.  The vineyards are situated in the best locations between the Montagne de Reims and the Marne Valley, very close to Epernay.

Champagne Tribaut's vineyards are made up of 30% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier.

At the winery, two presses of a capacity of 8,000 kg each provide not only a better quality of juice but a reduced waiting-time for the grape on the platform before pressing.

In the winery and cellars, tradition and technological progress are married to ensure the highest quality Champagnes.

Aging of the still wines in oak casks is an important signature of Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser. With a capacity of nearly 50 hectoliters, the first casks that were bought on the banks of the Seine at Bercy date back more than a century. They are reworked every three years to release fresh wood tones. The combination of oak-aged wines and fresh, stainless-steel wines provide a delicate balance that defines the house style.

The house maintains state of the art fermentation, riddling, disgorgement and bottling equipment at the domaine, and the combination of tradition and technology ensure top quality, complexity, and consistency of style.  All Tribaut-Schloesser Champagnes are held for a minimum of 36-39 months on the lees before disgorgement, adding to the complexity of the house style. Higher cuvées spend from 48 months to 7 years on the lees before disgorgement.

Scientific proof that Champagne is good for your brain

New research shows that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.

Scientists at the University of Reading have shown that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.

The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex, which control memory and learning. The compounds were found to favourably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain.  Many of these are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient, and leading to poorer memory in old age and conditions such as dementia.  Champagne slows these loses and therefore may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain ageing.

Champagne has relatively high levels of phenolics compared to white wine, deriving predominantly from the two red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which are used in its production along with the white grape Chardonnay.  It is these phenolic compounds which are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of champagne on the brain.

Professor Jeremy Spencer, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, said: "These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory.  Such observations have previously been reported with red wine, through the actions of flavonoids contained within it.

"However, our research shows that champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity. We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective."

Dr. David Vauzour, the researcher on the study, added: "in the near future we will be looking to translate these findings into humans.  This has been achieved successfully with other polyphenol-rich foods, such as blueberry and cocoa, and we predict similar outcomes for moderate Champagne intake on cognition in humans." 

Previous research from the University of Reading revealed that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The paper is published in Antioxidants and Redox Signalling.

For all media enquiries please contact Alex Brannen 07834 006 243 or James Barr 07788 714376

Notes for editors:

The University of Reading is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2012) and is one of the UK's top research-intensive universities

The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences is the largest University department of its kind in the UK, combining state of the art teaching facilities, clinical nutrition unit, labs and the largest pilot processing plant in the UK. The Department is internationally recognised for the quality of its research and enjoys a high public profile both domestically and internationally.

The department continues to work with the food industry over a wide range of industrially funded research projects and contracts under our Food Chain and Health research theme. This includes one-to-one funding from multi-national companies through to small and medium sized enterprises.