If ever extra motivation was needed to visit a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, this could be it. The autumn menu of L’Assiette Champenoise, the hotel in northeastern France helmed by Arnaud Lallement, promises to be effervescent, for it is inspired by the chef’s long friendship with 13th-generation winemaker Alexandre Cattier of Armand de Brignac.
Dishes on the menu showcase the pleasures of drinking champagne with a meal. The five-course tasting menu (€500) includes langoustine in a cloud of light cream and lemon caviar, paired with Armand de Brignac 100 per cent Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs. Caviar Kaviari follows, where potatoes and smoked haddock are served with de Brignac’s Blanc de Noirs (very rare – fewer than 3,000 are bottles produced annually). Blue Lobster, “cooked by me and dedicated to my papa”, calls for de Brignac’s Rosé and, to finish, the almond dessert marries with a demi sec. In 2015 the Demi Sec and Blanc de Noirs were rated 18/20 by FT wine critic Jancis Robinson.
A luxury package (€2,500 for two) also includes a behind-the-scenes private tour of the Champagne Armand de Brignac winery and chalk cellars – not usually open to the public.