Champagne

“Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial.” – Oscar Wilde, "Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Champagne, synonymous with luxury, royalty and celebration, is the world's premier region and appellation for sparkling wine. Despite the colloquial use of the term to mean any sparkling wine, 'Champagne' is a protected term referring only to a wine which is made in the Champagne region, using the méthode champenoise, and with grapes grown in the region, the three most important of which are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. 

Champagne has been a wine producing region dating back to the Middle Ages, yet the bubbles which Champagne is so famous for today only appeared in the wines over the last few centuries. Prior to this time, Champagne was a still wine. Dom Perignon, the Benedictine monk from the Abbey of Hautvillers, famously quoted as saying "come quickly, I am tasting the stars", is often credited with the 'discovery' of champagne's bubbles. Unfortunately, the story is a myth. Not that the French would be willing to readily admit it, but Champagne actually has the British, one of their biggest markets, to thank for the bubbles. A few 'happy' accidents, including extra heat from the wine's sea journey from France to England, and the British adding sugar into the wines from the stores of their Carribean colonies, led to the secondary fermentation in bottle, and the wine's first bubbles in the 17th century. Champagne then fully embraced the sparkling rendition of its wine in the 19th century.

The viticultural boundaries of Champagne are legally defined and split into five wine producing districts within the administrative province - the Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne. The towns of Reims and Épernay are the commercial centers of the area.

 

Map courtesy: Comité Champagne

  • Veuve Clicquot N.V.

    Veuve Clicquot N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    95 POINTS - RALPH KYTE-POWELL!

      "Grapes from as many as 50 to 60 different Crus go to the blending of Brut Yellow Label. Traditionally, the proportion of each grape variety used is: · 50 to 55% Pinot Noir · 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier · 28...

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  • Le Brun de Neuville Cote Rose N.V.

    Le Brun de Neuville Cote Rose N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    FULL, VIBRANT AND WITH FINE MOUSSE - WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CHAMPAGNE ROSE

      "With the base blend dominated by Chardonnay, Pinot Noir asserts itself and raises both the colour and character of this Cote Rosée. From grapes grown in the Côte de Sézanne on a 45-year-old vineyard, South-East facing with...

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  • Champagne Andre Robert Les Terroirs 2016

    Champagne Andre Robert Les Terroirs 2016

    Region: France- Champagne

    ARTISAN PRODUCER WHOSE GRAND CRU CHARDONNAY FRUIT GROWS NEXT DOOR TO KRUG IN MESNIL, AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE

      "50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Extremely elegant, highly aromatic Grower Champagne delivering a palate with drive and persistence, generating a myriad of white fruit flavours on its long, luxurious finish. The palate is at once creamy, but...

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  • Champagne Dehours Grande Reserve Brut N.V. 1500mL-Magnum GIFT

    Champagne Dehours Grande Reserve Brut N.V. 1500mL-Magnum GIFT

    Region: France- Champagne

    MEUNIER-DOMINANT CHAMPAGNE - PERFECT FOR ANY OCCASION

      "The NV Brut Grand Reserve is an attractive, Meunier-driven offering. Dried pear, crushed flowers, chamomile, mint and sage lend notable complexity to this mid-weight, vinous offering. There's lovely nuance and a good bit of character here...

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  • Thierry Fournier Reserve N.V. 375mL-Half-Bottle

    Thierry Fournier Reserve N.V. 375mL-Half-Bottle

    Region: France- Champagne
    Farming Organic

    HALF BOTTLES OF THIS GROWER CHAMPAGNE PRODUCER WORKING WITH PINOT MEUNIER TO MAKE A RIPE, SOFT, VIBRANT AND FOCUSED CHAMPAGNE

      "It's fresh and powerful at the same time, with fleshy white stone fruit notes, brioche and biscuit accents. The fresh fruit nuance / autolysis profile is in perfect harmony here and finishes brisk and satisfying. The layer and textured Pinot...

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  • Charles Heidsieck Rose N.V.

    Charles Heidsieck Rose N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    AN ELEGANT AND COMPLEX ROSE FROM AN ICONIC CHAMPAGNE PRODUCER RESPECTED BY THOSE 'IN THE KNOW'

      "In the glass you will be greeted by an alluring pink colour with luminous glints throughout its core. Effortlessly carried by a steady stream of vivacious bubbles, the result of an ageing period of over 4 years. The nose along with the judicious...

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  • Taittinger Brut Millesime 2015

    Taittinger Brut Millesime 2015

    Region: France- Champagne

    FULL-FLAVOURED, REFINED VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE OFFERING AN EXQUISITE EXPERIENCE

        "This is a vivid Taittinger with notes of chalk, almond croissants, lemon curd and biscuits. Bright and linear, with a tight bead of bubbles. Focused with persistent pastry notes. 70% Grands Crus and 30% Premiers Crus." - James...

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  • Saint-Gall Brut Tradition Premier Cru N.V. 1500mL-Magnum

    Saint-Gall Brut Tradition Premier Cru N.V. 1500mL-Magnum

    Region: France- Champagne

    MAGNUM SIZED!
    TREBBLE GOLD / DOUBLE SILVER AWARD WINNING CHAMPAGNE

      GOLD - Mondus Vini International Awards GOLD - Brussels International Wine Awards GOLD - The Drinks Trade SILVER - London International Wine Challenge SILVER - Internationl Wine & Spirits Competition   "Wow! Exceptional...

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  • Paul Bara Grand Cru Brut Reserve N.V. 375mL-Half-Bottle

    Paul Bara Grand Cru Brut Reserve N.V. 375mL-Half-Bottle

    Region: France- Champagne

    100% GRAND CRU FRUIT FROM THE REGARDED SUB-REGION OF BOUZY

      "Pale gold. Smoky, mineral-tinged aromas of dried pear, melon and white flowers, with a hint of toastiness in the background. Sappy and smooth on the palate, offering pliant orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of buttered toast. Closes...

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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2012

    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2012

    Region: France- Champagne

    VINOUS 96 POINTS! WINE ADVOCATE 95+ POINTS!

      "The 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is showing beautifully out of the gates, offering up demonstrative aromas of sweet golden orchard fruit, buttery croissants, peach and hazelnuts. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and enveloping,...

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  • Champagne Dehours Grande Reserve Brut N.V. 1500mL-Magnum

    Champagne Dehours Grande Reserve Brut N.V. 1500mL-Magnum

    Region: France- Champagne

    ARTISAN PRODUCER MAKING MEUNIER-DOMINANT CHAMPAGNE - BOLD AND FLAVOURFUL

      "The NV Brut Grand Reserve is an attractive, Meunier-driven offering. Dried pear, crushed flowers, chamomile, mint and sage lend notable complexity to this mid-weight, vinous offering. There's lovely nuance and a good bit of character here...

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  • Egly Ouriet Les Vignes de Bisseuil Premier Cru N.V.

    Egly Ouriet Les Vignes de Bisseuil Premier Cru N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne
    Farming Vegan-friendly

    VINOUS 92 POINTS!

      "Based on the 2018 vintage, the latest release of Egly's NV Brut Vignes de Bisseuil was disgorged this year with two grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of sweet orchard fruit and crisp white peach mingled with notions of white flowers,...

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  • Brimoncourt Grand Cru Extra Brut N.V.

    Brimoncourt Grand Cru Extra Brut N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    JEREMY OLIVER 97 POINTS! ANDREW CAILLARD 97 POINTS! RON GEORGIOU 96 POINTS! JANCIS ROBINSON 17/20!

        "Smooth and creamy, this Grand Cru Champagne marries toasty complexity with freshness, texture and focus. Its rather wild bouquet of brioche, lime and lemon over lies a toasty, buttery aspect plus nuances of minerals and sherbet...

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  • Ayala Brut Majeur N.V.

    Ayala Brut Majeur N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    PURITY AND PRECISION IN THIS BEAUTIFUL N.V. CHAMPAGNE

      "Nutty, toasty, ginger biscuit notes. Leaner than expected in palate but shows some sweetness and neat, perky fizz. Lemony acidity pierces through foam. It’s a pretty good drink here, dry finish, chalky textured, quite refreshing." - Mike...

    Qualifies for 10% discount in a straight dozen

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  • Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Premier Cru 2015

    Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Premier Cru 2015

    Region: France- Champagne
    Farming Biodynamic

    100% PREMIER CRU CHARDONNAY, DISTINCTIVELY MINERAL AND PIERCING, FROM THE LEADER OF THE GROWER CHAMPAGNE MOVEMENT

      "the 2015 Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Terre de Vertus offers up generous aromas of stone and orchard fruit mingled with hints of buttery pastry and blanched almonds, reflecting the ripe, sunny profile of the vintage. Full-bodied, rich...

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  • Saint-Gall Brut Tradition Premier Cru N.V.

    Saint-Gall Brut Tradition Premier Cru N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    TREBBLE GOLD / DOUBLE SILVER AWARD WINNING CHAMPAGNE

      GOLD - Mondus Vini International Awards GOLD - Brussels International Wine Awards GOLD - The Drinks Trade SILVER - London International Wine Challenge SILVER - Internationl Wine & Spirits Competition   "Wow! Exceptional...

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  • Lehmann Absolus Universal Glass Six-Pack

    Lehmann Absolus Universal Glass Six-Pack

    Region: France- Champagne

    ELEGANT AND EXCEPTIONAL UNIVERSAL GLASS DESIGNED BY SOMMELIERS AND MADE FROM CRYSTAL IN CHAMPAGNE

      "Designed in France, inspired by Michelin starred Chefs & Sommeliers. Born from the desire to respect the meticulous work of winemaking, the Maison Lehmann is driven by the desire to offer a unique oenological and sensory...

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  • Taittinger Folies de La Marquetterie N.V.

    Taittinger Folies de La Marquetterie N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    ONE OF TAINTTINGER'S FINEST OFFERINGS

      "Taittinger's NV Brut Folies de la Marquetterie originally derived exclusively from the holdings of the family's historic Château de la Marquetterie in Pierry, but it's now supplemented by other family-held vineyard blocks in Vezernay,...

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  • Champagne Lover Gift

    Champagne Lover Gift

    Region: France- Champagne

    THE SPECIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE WILL LOVE SIPPING THIS DELICATE AND CRISP CHAMPAGNE - COMES IN A CHAMPAGNE THEMED TOTE BAG

      Treat the senses with a bottle of Champagne Forget-Brimont Blanc de Blancs N.V. to sip after doing some gourmet shopping with your Champagne-themed tote bag.     WINE FRONT 94 POINTS!   "100% Chardonnay with...

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  • Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    JAMES HALLIDAY 97 POINTS! 100% CHARDONNAY, TAUT, GENEROUS AND FULL-BODIED.

         "Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some...

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