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Vinformation – Doing things by halves

I have been using half bottles more often over the past few months, but not always in the conventional sense. The thing about half bottles (if that’s all you’re having) is that it never quite feels like enough. Where halves really do come in to their own, however, is as a precursor (or indeed successor) of the main event. What better than to share a half bottle of Champagne with your dining companion over a little starter before tucking in to the main course and a hearty bottle of red? Or indeed to follow up a delicious bottle of white Burgundy with a half of red to wash down cheese.

Half bottles do have their time and place but I find they have another use as a storage vessel for an unfinished bottle of quality wine. Imagine the scenario, a night in on your own and you fancy a glass or two of something special. If you leave the remining wine in the bottle it may spoil by the time you’re ready to return to it owing to excess oxygen. If however you pour the remining liquid into a half bottle then the wine to oxygen ratio will be much smaller and the wine will remain at its best for much longer. The plan also works if the pair of you have finished a bottle and fancy an extra cheeky slurp. All you need now is an empty half bottle….

And as if by magic….

Here’s a half bottle than deserves to be in everyone’s fridge!

NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne (37.5cl) – RRP £22 Offer Price £19.75

If you are going to share a half bottle before getting stuck in to the main event then make sure it’s a good one. This is probably the classiest Grande Marque Champagne available in half bottle. Deliciously fresh with aromas of lemon, white peach and hints of blackberry. Fleshy fruit on the palate with wonderful mineral notes. Lovely structure and finesse and a finish that lingers beautifully. It comes in a smart little gift box so will make a nice little gift.

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