To mark its 25th grand slam as the official Wimbledon champagne sponsor, Champagne Lanson has launched a range of limited edition neoprene bottle sleeves to win over the crowds.
Sporting white and pink aertex shirts with the Wimbledon logo and a fluorescent tennis ball on the zip, the corresponding sleeves will keep Lanson Black Label Brut NV, France (£33.99, Sainsbury’s) and Lanson Rose Label Brut Rose, France (£33.99, Sainsbury’s) perfectly chilled for longer.
Pinot noir dominant, Lanson Black Label Brut is rich and toasty with excellent freshness and is a great partner for shellfish; while Lanson Brut Rose is dry and elegant with subtle red berry fruits, delectable as an aperitif.
The official wine of the Championships, Australian winery Jacobs Creek, have also released limited edition bottles and chosen the traditional all-white dress code for maximum impact. For tennis fans who can’t get within striking distance of SW19, Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay Limited Edition, SE Australia (£7.79, Sainsbury’s) and Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Limited Edition, SE Australia (£7.79, Sainsbury’s) are a pukka choice for picnics on grassy lawns in front of a big screen.
The chardonnay is lightly oaked with citrus and pear flavours to pair well with smoked salmon sandwiches; and the shiraz has plenty of blackberry and cherry fruit with enough spice on the grainy finish to complement charcuterie, olives and cheese.
Alternatively, those tuning into the day’s highlights can always raise a glass to their top seed with a green tangy white such as Dourthe Number One 2012, Bordeaux Blanc, France (£7.95, www.thewinesociety.com).