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”
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.
Jean Boucton Champagne is on a quest to create the ultimate Champagne experience for its customers. Whether you enjoy Champagne with friends and family, at sporting events, or sampling a glass at an exclusive venue, it’s about the overall experience. With that in mind, Jean Boucton has been working on creating a number of unique pop-ups and events for its customers. The Entrepreneur’s Club is the latest Jean Boucton initiative.
Guests arrived at 67 Pall Mall for the first event. The exclusive private members club, located in the historic Pall Mall area of London, was a fitting venue given its reputation as the go-to place for wine aficionados and set the tone perfectly for an evening celebrating tradition, innovation, hard work, and passion.
The bespoke Champagne experience began in the cellar of the club with a glass of Jean Boucton Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2010. The cellar of the club, a former bank vault, is now home to its Grand Crus. After a welcome speech from Jean-Christophe Boucton, of the Jean Boucton Champagne family, guests were introduced to special guest Anne Charlotte Genet, the daughter of Jacques Genet, owner of the Charles Joguet Loire Valley Domaine based in Chinon. Anne Charlotte shared her experiences of the wine making world with guests. The struggles she faced as a female entrepreneur in a male industry, and how she came to manage the domaine herself. What became clear is that passion, hard-work, humility, and of course savoir-faire, are at the heart of the high-quality wines coming from the domaine- and Anne Charlotte herself embodies these values.
The aperitif was followed by an afternoon lunch prepared by the club’s chef which guests enjoyed with a selection of Domaine Charles Joguet wines including Clos du Chêne Vert (Red 2011). The lunch which came to an end with a glass of Jean Boucton Ratafia de Champagne. The bespoke experience created by Jean Boucton Champagne, MyFineCellar.com, and Mango Logistic was a huge success. Entrepreneurs and company owners will continue to meet 3 or 4 times a year to celebrate their shared passion, authenticity, and creativity. Traits that Jean Boucton Champagne values highly. The long and enjoyable lunch, filled with great food, drink, and company went on until the early evening with guests leaving with an increased understanding and appreciation for Champagne thanks to this bespoke event.
‘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.