If you Scooped a Casino Jackpot, What Champage Would You Buy?

Posted on October 20th, 2011

OK- picture the scene. You’re playing a big progressive slot online with a big jackpot. Maybe it’s Beach life at Paddy Power Casino which is sitting pretty at €2,815,937.

Or maybe its Mega Moolah at Ladbrokes Casino which is ticking up from £1,133,093 at the moment.

OK- you spin the reels. You lose. You spin again, and one by one the jackpot symbols line up. You rub your eyes. You phone the casino to confirm. You go nuts!

Now, that’s all very well. But what champagne do you buy to celebrate? Think about it! It’s good to be prepared for these sort of situations. And because we’re positive kind of people here at OnlineCasinoKing, we are thinking positive things about our players winning the big one. And we want you to be prepared.

First rule- buy champagne, rather than another fizzy drink, such as Cava or Tizer. There are some excellent Cavas out there (particularly from the Penedes region in Catalonia)- Cavas that knock the socks off some champagnes, in fact, in terms of taste. But we are not just talking about taste here, we are talking about celebration, and for that reason you have got to go for Champagne.

But what’s the best champage? Well, for starters, DON’T buy a bottle from M&S. Come on! You can afford to splash out!

We’d rank the best champagne houses as follows:

Louis Roederer’s Cristal champage house was founded in 1776 as Dubois Pere & Fils, and was renamed after the founder’s nephew, Louis Roederer…he renamed the company after himself. The champagne house was always a favourite for Russian royalty and Tsar Nicholas II eventually ordered a special champagne to be made for the Imperial Court of Russia. The creation was Cristal, a sweet champagne in crystal-clear bottles, hence the name.
Has something of a bling reputation these days due to its popularity with the hip-hop crowd, but still a top choice if you bag a  million or two playing slots online.

Dom Perignon
Dom Perignon was a monk who developed the champagne for King Louis XIV. The 1921 vintage has becomeworld famous, having been served at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981. And of  course, there’s the immortal lines from James Bond in Dr No:
Dr. No: That’s a Dom Perignon ’55, it would be a pity to break it
James Bond: I prefer the ’53 myself…
Produced by Moet Chandon.

Krug is truly a family business, with blending stretching back to 1843. All of Krug’s champagnes are aged for at least 6 year in cellars under Reims. The nectar is placed in  small oak casks, (it is the only champagne house that still ferments all of its wines in oak). Krug is now owned by LVMH, but the Krug family still run things.

Pommery gets its unique taste from a network of  subterranean limestone-chalk tunnels built underneath Reims by the Romans during their rule over Gaul (not even Asterix and Obelix could find their secret location). More than 20 million bottles are fermenting 30 meters below the surface, kept at a constant 10 degrees Celsius.

Veuve Clicquot
Veuve Clicquot  invented the practice of remuage, or riddling, whereby bottles are turned by hand so that any sediment gets pushed into the bottle neck and can be extracted before the bottling process is over. If it wasn’t for Veuve Clicquot, all champagne (and Cava) would have sediment! The champagne house was started in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot, and they became the first to ship rosé champagne. So if you like the pink bubbly stuff, this is your brand!
Now owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.
Just remember, if you do win the big one and decide on one of these champagnes, send us one!
If it was us, what would we go for?
Well, assuming we had a bit of time to hunt a vintage bottle down, it would have to be a 1996 Dom Perignon, a 1995 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame or a Louis Roederer 1990 Cristal.
And if it was a case of quickly heading down to the Offie for a quick celebration, We’d go for a Veuve Clicquot Rosé.


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