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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  • Moet Chandon Brut Imperial N.V. 750mL

    Moet Chandon Brut Imperial N.V. 750mL

    Region: France- Champagne

    ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNISED AND INTERNATIONALLY BELOVED CHAMPAGNES

      "Brut Imperial is a balanced assemblage of the three vine varieties disclosing a succession of elegant and harmonious sensations, a fresh maturity, supple and refined lines, inspiring well-being and an emotion which is appreciated and shared. A...

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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2011

    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2011

    Region: France- Champagne

    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS! WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS!

      "A firm, fresh Comtes with a tight and composed palate. It’s full-bodied with a racy mid-palate. Long and persistent. Very structured with phenolics and acidity. Minerally. Floral, too. Refreshing and energetic." - James...

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  • Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru 2009

    Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru 2009

    Region: France- Champagne

    RELEASED AFTER 10 YRS ON LEES! WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS!

      "Bottled after 10 years on its lees, this Champagne has great richness, with mature flavors mingling with the acidity and kiwi fruit flavors. The wine is in perfect condition, ready to drink now." - Wine Enthusiast   "The Champagne House...

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  • Le Brun de Neuville Millesime 2008

    Le Brun de Neuville Millesime 2008

    Region: France- Champagne

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 94 POINTS!

      "Almost entirely Chardonnay, with just a whisper of Pinot Noir, this is a dry Champagne. It is crisp, lively, steely and with great intensity. The apple and lemon flavors are just a part of this impressive wine that could age longer." - Wine...

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  • Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne
    Farming Vegan-friendly

    WINE FRONT 94 POINTS!

      "100% Chardonnay with around 45% of reserve wine in the blend, this Blanc de Blancs has spent 30 months on its lees and yet retains an incredible freshness and youthfulness in the glass. Very classical on the nose, toast, honey, almond meal,...

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

    Saint-Gall Brut Tradition Premier Cru N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    CHAMPAGNE WITH EXCEPTIONAL BALANCE AND QUALITY AT A GREAT PRICE

      "Blessed with an exceptional terroir, a cooperative union of winemakers and growers founded in 1966, Champagne de Saint-Gall, takes a collective approach to implementing winemaking expertise passed down from generation to generation. Thanks...

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    Current stock: 21

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  • Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs GIFT

    Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs GIFT

    Region: France- Champagne

    CARRY YOUR SUPER STYLISH CHAMPAGNE WITH THIS HIGH-QUALITY 'GROWER CHAMPAGNE' TOTE BAG AND STOPPER

      Gift includes -  1 x Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs N.V. 1 x black 100% cotton 'Grower Champagne' tote bag 1 x Larmandier-Bernier branded Champagne stopper   "Latitude is a 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay...

    Current stock: 20

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  • Lehmann Lallement No3 Glass Gift Box 2pk

    Lehmann Lallement No3 Glass Gift Box 2pk

    Region: France- Champagne

    MOUTHBLOWN AND ULTRALIGHT UNIVERSAL GLASS DESIGNED IN CONJUNCTION WITH 3 MICHELIN STARRED CHEF, MADE IN CHAMPAGNE FROM FINEST CRYSTAL

      "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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  • 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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  • Champagne Dehours Grande Reserve Brut N.V.

    Champagne Dehours Grande Reserve Brut N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    ARTISAN PRODUCER MAKING MEUNIER-DOMINANT CHAMPAGNE - BOLD AND FLAVOURFUL

      "Since 1996, Jérome Dehours has given life back to this beautiful 14 hectare estate in the Marne Valley in Champagne. Inspired by the great Anselme Selosse, Jérome started with organically-grown vineyards by way of expressing each...

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    Current stock: 20

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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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    $145.00
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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, WHILE READING UP ON THIS FAMOUS REGION.

    Treat the senses with a bottle of Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Brut N.V. to sip and feast your eyes on Robert Walters' CHAMPAGNE - A Secret History.     WINE FRONT 94 POINTS!   "On the palate, ripe and lively...

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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2007

    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2007

    Region: France- Champagne

    JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS! ANTONIO GALLONI 97 POINTS!

       "The 2007 Comtes de Champagne Rosé is a total knock-out. Racy and exuberant in the glass, the 2007 wraps around the palate with stunning textural depth and resonance. The 15% still Pinot adds structure and persistence to a creamy,...

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  • Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Brut N.V.

    Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Brut N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne
    Farming Vegan-friendly

    MADE WITH FRUIT FROM THEIR PREMIER CRU VINEYARDS, FORGET-BRIMONT MAKE DELICATE AND CRISP CHAMPAGNE THAT ANYONE CAN ENJOY!

       "On the palate, ripe and lively acidity with peaches, apples, lemons, rich and creamy on the finish with a nutty and delicate finish. The persistence on the finish is impressive from this delicate wine which has been incredibly well made...

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    Current stock: 12

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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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    Current stock: 14

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  • Taittinger Brut Millesime 2014

    Taittinger Brut Millesime 2014

    Region: France- Champagne

    FANTASTIC VINTAGE OFFERING ULTIMATE IN ELEGANCE

      "The newly released 2014 Brut Millésimé from Taittinger is showing very well, offering up aromas of white peach, green apple, nougat and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, with a charming core of fruit...

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  • JM Seleque Nature Solessence N.V.

    JM Seleque Nature Solessence N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS!

      ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS DRY CHAMPAGNE FROM THE "RISING STAR OF THE COTEAUX SUD D'EPERNAY."  "Dried citrus fruit, green apples, bread crumbs, croissant, pain au chocolat, loquat and nectarines. The bubbles here are so, so fine, and the body and...

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  • Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Rose N.V.

    Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Rose N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne
    Farming Vegan-friendly

    INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2015: MEDAL WINNER   "40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. It is a rosé d’assemblage (blended rosé) that contains around 5% red wine from Champagne. Between 20 and 40% of...

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  • JM Seleque Solessence N.V.

    JM Seleque Solessence N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    WINE FRONT 94 POINTS!

      "The Solessence Brut NV delivers lovely aromatic complexity in its blend of apple, pear, meunier floral tones, brioche, chalky minerality, almond and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and complex, with a fine...

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    Current stock: 12

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