Tomorrow represents the start of the biggest week of racing in Darwin with Darwin Corporate ParkCup day on Wednesday, the first of three big race days.

So here are three champagnes you should be drinking.

The sport of kings – Whether you’re winning big or losing the shirt off your back it’s important to look the part. This means fashions on the fields and quaffing champagne ’til you feel like a winner. Here are the top three Champagnes you should be drinking this Darwin Carnival.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose

With the 200 year anniversary this year there is no better way to celebrate the start of race day then with pink French bubbles. Billecart-Salmon is a Champagne house located in the tiny village of Mareuil-sur-Ay, just to the East of Epernay and to the South of Reims. Although not a large producer, or a particularly well-known name, Billecart-Salmon has deservedly built up a reputation for crafting excellent non-vintage wines at a competitive price point

The Non-Vintage Brut Rose is something quite special, the persistent mousse and fine bubbles promising much in the glass. A beautiful pale salmon pink, it will be the ultimate accessory for this cup day. The palate is rich but balanced by chalky minerality and carries the unmistakable flavour of fresh strawberries.

Wednesday Darwin ParkCup: My pick is a Carl Spry trained horse Maverick.

Pol Roger Brut NV


Now stocking at the members bar at Darwin Turf Club.

Pol Roger was established in Epernay in 1849 and is still family owned. Perhaps best renowned as Winston Churchill’s fizz of choice, he is said to have remarked, “In victory deserve it, in defeat need it”. Pol Roger is aged for up to three times longer than other Champagnes in the cellar before disgorgement and bottling. This long, slow maturation period allows for complex aromas and flavours to develop that help this stand out from it’s contemporaries. It is predominantly Pinot Noir in the blend which helps give it more body as well. On the nose there are appealing aromas of mushrooms and toast giving way to hints of stone fruit. The palate has real heft and is decidedly creamy. The flavour is dominated by walnut with a smooth, buttery finish. A rich and masculine expression of Champagne that stands up against other, vintage offerings due to it’s extended cellaring. Well, if it’s good enough for Churchill…

Saturday Bet365 Palmerston Sprint Day:  We will update once nominations have been accepted

Jacquesson DIZY – Terres Rouge Rosé


At the foot of a gently sloping hill, facing east of Côte des Blancs. Reddish brown limestone of some considerable depth overlying chalky silt. This family run champagne house is a treasure. The 2011 Winter was glacially cold and very wet, spring was very warm and dry, albeit with some frosts. Th e beginning of summer was gloomy and sullen; however, the end of the growing season was a lot more pleasant.

Monday Darwin Cup Day: We will update once nominations have been accepted


Regardless of how much you win during the races there is a Champagne here to suit every pocket. Bet smart, drink well, good luck folks!

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