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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  • 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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  • Bereche & Fils Premier Cru Le Cran 2013

    Bereche & Fils Premier Cru Le Cran 2013

    Region: France- Champagne

    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS!

      "The 2013 Premier Cru Le Cran is showing especially well, bursting with aromas of pear, mirabelle, crisp yellow orchard fruit and blood orange, complemented by hints of buttery pastry. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it's...

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  • Ruinart Blanc de Blancs N.V. Eco Second Skin

    Ruinart Blanc de Blancs N.V. Eco Second Skin

    Region: France- Champagne

    HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER FOR VERY GOOD REASON

      "A very appealing style that captures the elegance of chardonnay in a way that is still immensely satisfying. The aromas are all based around lemon, grapefruit, fresh floral notes and stone fruits. The palate delivers a ripe impression,...

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  • JM Seleque Solessence N.V. Magnum GIFT

    JM Seleque Solessence N.V. Magnum GIFT

    Region: France- Champagne

    IS THERE A BETTER GIFT THAN THIS SPECTACULAR CHAMPAGNE MAGNUM? WE THINK NOT ...

    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 top note. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and...

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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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  • Billecart Salmon Brut Nature N.V.

    Billecart Salmon Brut Nature N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    ABSOLUTELY SUBLIME CHAMPAGNE SERVED IN TOP RESTAURANTS AROUND THE GLOBE. NO SUGAR ADDED AT DOSAGE.

      "The innovative style of this cuvée remains loyal to the discreet and balanced charm of the three Champenois grape varieties. No sugar has been added to the dosage.  This is a champagne full of brightness and purity. A pale gold...

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  • Bereche & Fils Brut Reserve N.V.

    Bereche & Fils Brut Reserve N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    N.V. GROWER CHAMPAGNE, WITH 35% RESERVE WINE - STUNNING!

      5th generation winemakers continue a strong legacy of powerful and high quality Champagne. "Raphael Bereche is somewhere around the 30-year-mark yet joined his father before his significant birthday in the family Champagne business. Raphael is...

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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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  • JM Seleque Solessence N.V. 375mL-Half-Bottle

    JM Seleque Solessence N.V. 375mL-Half-Bottle

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

    Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Brut N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne
    Farming Vegan-friendly

    WINE FRONT 94 POINTS!

      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...

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    Current stock: 21

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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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    $135.00
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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 incisive, with a charming core of fruit...

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    $125.00
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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

      "Terre de Vertus is one of three single-terroir Chardonnay wines produced at this Estate and certainly the most famous. It is from the chalky 1er Cru vineyard plots of Les Barillers and Les Faucherets, situated mid-slope in Vertus. These sites...

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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, with a fine...

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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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  • Light My Fire Gift - Champagne

    Light My Fire Gift - Champagne

    Region: France- Champagne

    THIS LOCALLY MADE CHAMPAGNE-SCENTED CANDLE WILL LEAVE A CHAMPAGNE AROMA IN THEIR HOME, LONG AFTER THE BOTTLE HAS BEEN ENJOYED!

    The Old Vine Candles are hand crafted from recycled wine bottles & natural soy wax on the Mornington Peninsula. The Champagne-scented features lime and orange, hints of herbaceous florals wrapped in a delicious liquor palette. Woody, earthy tones...

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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...

    Current stock: 1

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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...

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    Current stock: 16

    $95.00
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