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Upping the glam factor on a Valentine’s favourite

The artful pairing of luxury-laden truffles with an opulent bottle

Upping the glam factor on a Valentine’s favourite

January 27 2012
Vicki Reeve

Champagne and chocolates are one of the most delicious and spoiling combinations, but they’re perhaps not the most imaginative gift from a paramour for Valentine’s Day. Full marks, then, to revered family-run artisan champagne house Armand de Brignac, which has teamed up with another artisan brand, The Chocolate, to up the glam factor on this traditional partnership. The result is luxury-laden limited-edition champagne truffles that are sure to turn a few heads this February.

The 15 handmade truffles consist of 63 per cent Toscano Black, sourced from a small chocolatier outside Pisa, which has won the Academy of Chocolate’s “Golden Bean” Best Bean to Bar award. Using a traditional granite stone mill, the cocoa beans are refined, and the truffles’ ganache created from cocoa, cream and Armand de Brignac champagne. The final, dazzling touch is provided by a dusting of 24ct gold flakes. Even the 24ct gold inlay of the bespoke box is edible.

Naturally, the truffles are accompanied by an opulent gold-coloured bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (aka the “Ace of Spades”), a Prestige Cuvée from the Cattier family estate, recognised by both Robert Parker and the FT’s wine correspondent Jancis Robinson as one of the world’s best champagne producers. Presented in a black-lacquer wooden box, the fizz is just as likely to be appreciated by men as women, but it’s only available in the UK in this partnership for a limited period, between February 1 and 18. Why wait for Valentine’s Day?