Royal Wedding Wine Soars in Popularity
The Olivier Leflaive estate in Côte-d'Or, France has seen a sharp uptick in wine sales since one of their vintages was featured at the wedding reception for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May. British wine merchants have been selling out their stock of the Bourgogne Les Sétilles wine since British media first reported on the wine label.
The Bourgogne Les Sétilles wine consumed at the royal wedding was made from Chardonnay grapes grown in chalky and silty clay. The grapes are from several different vineyards in the communes of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault; according to the estate, the vineyards were planted around 40 years ago. After being harvested in 2016, the grapes were crushed in a pneumatic press and then filtered for purity. The Bourgogne Les Sétilles was then matured for 14 months in oak barrels. The wine available directly from the estate ranges in price from around $20 to $125.
The Bourgogne Les Sétilles was served at the royal couple's intimate wedding reception at Frogmore House in Berkshire. The reception, which only featured 200 guests, was the second of the day for the newlyweds. Comedian James Corden and actor Idris Elba were a few of the select guests to be invited to the exclusive dinner. The reception was hosted by Prince Charles and featured an organic dinner which included canapes and cheeseburgers. In addition to the French wine label, the reception also served a special cocktail made from rum and ginger.
The Olivier Leflaive estate is located only minutes from the famous Domaine Leflaive winery in Puligny-Montrachet. Olivier Leflaive is the cousin of Anne-Claude Leflaive, the former manager of Domaine Leflaive. He previously helped her run the winery before leaving in 1994 to set up his own establishment. The Olivier Leflaive estate also includes a restaurant and a hotel, La Maison d’Olivier Leflaive.
While the royal Chardonnay has sent consumers sprinting to their local wine shops, the food centerpiece of the royal wedding day was the lemon elderflower cake with buttercream frosting baked by American baker Claire Ptak. The four cake tiers took six days to bake and decorate and cost over $60,000. After the flood of publicity from the wedding, Ptak has decided to expand her Violet Cakes bakery in London's Hackney Central.
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