Wed 1 Aug 2018
Last night, my friend and I went to the Pommery Champagne Bar Launch Party at The Signet Library. I was there just recently with my husband for afternoon tea, and it was absolutely amazing. So, I was very happy to be asked to this event in their pop-up Champagne bar, which is only open for three weeks this August, during the Edinburgh Festival. We were invited to preview light artist Chris Levine‘s new installation Stillness at 136.1 Hz. Plus, we got to sample some sharing platters and Champagne. Well, it would’ve been rude not to!
The party was in the Upper Library, a lovely room with pillars and beautiful stained glass windows. The space was dimly lit and above our heads was Levine’s installation. Lasers of changing colours stretched between two crosses, from one side of the room to another, accompanied by solfeggio frequencies, an ancient musical sound associated with peace and spirituality. It looked and sounded very atmospheric. The artist himself was there to introduce his work, which he describes as a meditative experience.
On arrival, we were each given a tray of four different Pommery Champagnes to try. One for every season of the year. I preferred the Summertime (Blanc de Blancs) and Wintertime (Blanc de Noirs) Champagnes. They were delicate, subtle and very easy to drink! The Springtime (Brut Rose) and Falltime (Blanc de Blancs Extra Dry) versions were drier than I would usually choose, but still very good. We were also given a glass of Pommery Brut Royal, more of a classic, citrussy flavour, which was yummy too. What can I say? I like Champagne! And it was a real treat to sample all those different types.
It was interesting to learn a bit about Madame Pommery too. She was a very powerful 19th century business woman, responsible for inventing Brut Champagne in 1874. It completely revolutionised the industry, which until then had focused on producing extremely sweet sparkling wines. This drier style remains ever popular and the Pommery brand is one of the best-selling Champagnes in the world today.
We also got to try one of the cheese sharing platters created by award-winning caterers, Heritage Portfolio. I’m not a huge fan of strong cheeses, but the bread sticks, crackers and chutney on their own were delicious. My friend enjoyed the cheeses. They also had meat and fish platters, but unfortunately we didn’t manage to get our hands on them in time.
So, if you like art, posh snacks, fine drinks and beautiful buildings, make sure you visit the Pommery Champagne Bar at The Signet Library this August. We had a wonderful time at the launch party. Thanks so much to The Signet Library and Heritage Portfolio for having us!
The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF