Ah, the great British summertime. Long windswept walks on stony beaches, candy-striped sticks of rock, and clutching onto wide-brimmed straw hats… No British summertime scene would be complete without a picnic. It’s become an essential part of a walk in the countryside, day at the beach, or afternoon polo fixture. The British summer sports season is the first word in elegant afternoon dining. Think strawberries and cream at the tennis and harris tweed picnic blankets at the rowing.
At Emsworth Polo Grounds on Saturday (July 20th) Jean Boucton Champagne, Emsworth Polo, Cliveden Hotel and the Honesty Group are coming together for perhaps the most elegant take on a quintessentially British day out. There won’t be a soggy sandwich in sight. Wicker baskets with perfectly starched gingham cloth covering freshly cut organic sandwiches, scotch eggs, handmade scones, and a chilled bottle of Jean Boucton champagne will be the order of the day. All served against a charming backdrop of bunting strewn Gazebos and freshly mown grass.
The afternoon of picnicking and polo will kick off with the first game at half-past two, with the final fixture – the Gold Cup Final – taking place at four. Toast the day with a glass of Jean Boucton champagne, which has been the drink of choice at the Margot Turner Polo Challenge (at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst), the French Embassy, and the St Regis Hotel (international) Polo – so you’re in good company.
As the sun fades and the last drops of champagne are sipped, recline on a picnic blanket or wander around the Windsor countryside. This is British summertime, at its most classic stylish best. Stick around for the champagne sabering and raise a glass to the worthy winners. Even the temperamental British weather won’t be able to dampen your spirits.
“Great crowd, amazing Champagne, a nice picnic afternoon”
Saturday (June 23rd) saw high-ranking army officials, polo players, and their guests descend on the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst for a day of polo and picnics. With the sun shining down and drinks flowing, it was time for the latest fixture, the Jean Boucton Heritage Cup, for the Margot Turner Challenge — to get underway.
The setting couldn’t have been more spectacular, with the white-washed Old College looming large in the background providing the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated day of polo. Spectators were welcomed into the exclusive event with a cooling champagne aperitif waiting for the fixtures to begin. First to compete was the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst (RMAS) and Stowe, next the RMAS faced off against the Royal Army Medical Services (AMS) in the Margot Turner Challenge.
Of course, no summer event could be complete without the addition of a picnic. The Argentinians favour an asado — or barbecue – at polo fixtures but Brits prefer to compliment an afternoon of sport with a traditional hamper full of food and a glass of champagne, with the Oyster Bar also proving a hit.
With the sun still beating fiercely the match came to a close and the victors made their way to the prize-giving ceremony. It was time to celebrate a great day which honoured an extraordinary woman, Margot Turner. Margot showed unstoppable tenacity in the face of many hardships during her time as a British military nurse during World War II and was the first woman in British nursing history to be taken a prisoner of war. Befittingly she was remembered by a display of teamwork and spirit, which so characterised her life. After an intense and closely contested game, the AMS Polo team secured a 5 ½ – 5 victory against their opponents, RMAS. As the winners sabered a bottle of champagne and lifted the Jean Boucton Heritage Cup trophy, a spray of champagne signalled the end of an incredible day.
Nestled in-between rolling hills in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, the Tidworth Polo Club hosted The Captains and Subalterns Tournament in July. The event, which is the second oldest polo cup in the world, saw a return for the Army Medical Services team (AMS), who had been out of action for a few years due to operational commitments. Over the course of two days, the Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force teams battled it out for top spot.
Arriving early to prepare the horses, the AMS team looked to be in good form kitted out in their StaaG polo shirts for their first face-off on Saturday. StaaG, one of the events sponsors, are a British lifestyle brand with a keen focus on design and engineering; it’s unique and exclusive polo tops were befitting of such an historic event. Lunch followed the first matches, giving guests, players, and sponsors the chance to indulge in a Jean Boucton champagne aperitif in the stunning surroundings.
Led by Lt Paul Erhahiemen QARANC, the AMS team narrowly missed out on first place, instead they secured a respectable second in their division. The team captain was in a celebratory mood as he honoured the tradition by sabering a bottle of Jean Boucton Champagne and toasting his team. The weekend came to a close as teams enjoyed glasses of champagne by the stables and guests admired the cars from Jaguar Land Rover which were dotted around the pitch.
Sponsors, Jean Boucton Champagne, StaaG Fashion, Jaguar Land Rover Marshall Military, were all in attendance to watch their shared vision for a weekend of champagne, polo, and new partnerships become a reality.
At its core, Jean Boucton Champagne has a passion for all things unique and exclusive. This explains the affinity between champagne and Polo, and its latest partnerships. Continuing to collaborate with those who hold the same ideals, Jean Boucton Champagne recently partnered with the Army Medical Services polo (AMS) team and Jaguar Land Rover.
The AMS team, which is comprised of four Royal Army medical corps, has a long and rich polo playing history but was only recently resurrected after operational commitments forced a hiatus from the sport, while Jean Boucton Champagne through it’s relationships with a number of luxury brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, London jewellers de Beers and St Regis Hotels continues to be a firm fixture at Polo events up and down the country.
The recent Captains and Subalterns Trophy tournament at Tidworth Polo Club saw the AMS team demonstrate its tremendous skills against a backdrop of beautiful countryside, mingling spectators, and champagne aperitifs, with the winners undertaking the ancient art of sabrage, championed by Napoleon and his men.
The event also gave Jean Boucton Champagne the chance to team up with Jaguar Land Rover. The pairing is an exciting one, which came about due to the shared passions of both companies. People are at the heart of everything Jaguar Land Rover does, and innovation is a byword for the environmentally responsible brand. Perhaps most poignantly of all, both Jean Boucton and Jaguar Land Rover have a strong held respect for history and heritage, with Jaguar Land Rover’s lengthy legacy traced back to 1922 and the first Jaguar motorcycle sidecars.
A history of innovation, a respect for craftsmanship, and a penchant for people unites Jean Boucton Champagne and Jaguar Land Rover who were a fitting addition to the Captains and Subalterns Trophy tournament at Tidworth Polo Club.
With an ambitious Polo program in place for the coming seasons, Jean Boucton Champagne continues to bring its unique knowledge and exclusive high-end Vintage and Cuvee Champagnes to the most exciting events around and through it’s partnerships solidifies it’s reputation among some of the world’s leading luxury brands.
‘The St. Regis International Cup is returning on Saturday the 16th at Cowdray Park for the opening of the international Polo season in the UK. The High Goal Polo match will see St Regis Polo Connoisseur Nacho Figueras play on the Americas team against England.
This event will give Champagne Boucton the opportunity to associate with the world renowned St. Regis Group, offering the readers of Vogue, Marie-Claire, the Stylist, the Telegraph, InStyle, Emerald Street, Sheerluxe, The Resident Online and Square Mile the opportunity to experience Champagne Boucton Cuvée Blanc de Blancs which is part of their Gourmet Picnic Hamper.
Champagne Jean Boucton Blanc de Blancs is exclusively blended with Chardonnay and pairs perfectly with smoked salmon, Nacarii caviar, Tuscan chocolate and other delights to be found in the Hamper.
Carrying on with the St Regis Tradition of organizing post Polo match suppers, Champagne Boucton Blanc de Blancs and Champagne Jean Boucton Cuvée will also be served in the evening at the St Regis VIP ‘Downtown Abbey’ Style dinner hosted at Cowdray Park House, the house of Lord and Lady Cowdray.