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...

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  • Moet Chandon Brut Imperial N.V. 750mL

    Moet Chandon Brut Imperial N.V. 750mL

    Region: France- Champagne

    "A classic that never disappoints."  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...

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  • Taittinger Brut Millesime 2014

    Taittinger Brut Millesime 2014

    Region: France- Champagne

    92 POINTS ROBERT PARKER!     "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...

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  • Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Premier Cru 2014

    Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Premier Cru 2014

    Region: France- Champagne

    ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE AND MINERAL WINES OF THE ENTIRE CHAMPAGNE REGION, AND THE TOUCHSTONE OF THE GREAT GROWER MOVEMENT "Terre de Vertus is one of three single-terroir Chardonnay wines produced at this Estate and certainly the most famous. It is...

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  • JM Seleque Solessence N.V. 1500mL-Magnum

    JM Seleque Solessence N.V. 1500mL-Magnum

    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,...

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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...

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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008

    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008

    Region: France- Champagne

    JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS!  VINOUS 98 POINTS!  ROBERT PARKER 98 POINTS!  WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINTS!   "Those who can find the 2008 should not hesitate, as it is a truly brilliant epic Champagne that no one who loves...

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  • Egly Ouriet Brut Les Premices N.V.

    Egly Ouriet Brut Les Premices N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    EGLY-OURIET PRODUCES AN OPULENT AND DISTINCTIVE STYLE OF CHAMPAGNE, GAINING A CULT FOLLOWING AMONGST CHAMPAGNE LOVERS.     "Reflecting what is planted in the vineyards, Les Prémices is an equal blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and...

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  • Taittinger Brut Millesime 2013

    Taittinger Brut Millesime 2013

    Region: France- Champagne

    A CUVEE OF 50% CHARDONNAY, 50% PINOT NOIR. CHALKY, BREADY AND VIBRANT NOW, BUT WILL SHOW EVEN MORE FLESH AND POWER WITH AGE.  "A vivacious, fresh nose offers aromas of hawthorn, grapefruit and pear. The palate is crisp and wonderfully precise...

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  • Laherte Freres Longes Voyes Blanc de Noirs 2014

    Laherte Freres Longes Voyes Blanc de Noirs 2014

    Region: France- Champagne

    ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS!  A 100% PINOT NOIR, FERMENTED INTO A WHITE SPARKLING, SOARING WITH INTENSITY.     "The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Longues Voyes 1er Cru, 100% Pinot Noir, is superb. An arching, majestic wine,...

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  • Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS!  A UNIQUE AND DELICIOUS GROWER CHAMPAGNE, STUNNING VALUE FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE PURITY AND MINERALITY OF BLANC DE BLANCS.   "One of the many highlights in this range, the NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is...

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    $85.00
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  • Light My Fire Gift - Champagne

    Light My Fire Gift - Champagne

    Region: France- Champagne

    SPOIL YOUR LOVED ONE WITH THIS DECADENT CHAMPAGNE AND CANDLE GIFT SET. THE LOCALLY MADE CHAMPAGNE-SCENTED CANDLE WILL LEAVE A CHAMPAGNE AROMA IN THEIR HOME, LONG AFTER THE BOTTLE HAS BEEN ENJOYED!               ...

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