Champagne

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

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    AR Lenoble Cuvee Riche Demi-Sec N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    30% Chardonnay – Chouilly Grand Cru, 35% Pinot Noir – Bisseuil Premier Cru  and 35% Pinot Meunier – Damery, Vallée de la Marne

    'Demi-Sec - Off Dry style!'

    RRP $88.00

    NOW $75.00

    Low Stock (17 in store)


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    Moet Chandon Brut Rose N.V.

    Moet Chandon Brut Rose N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne
    Decanter 18/20 points!

    RRP $90.00

    NOW $79.00

    Low Stock (9 in store)


  3. AR Lenoble Cuvee Gentilhomme 2009

    Region: France, Champagne

    100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru village of Chouilly!
    Wine Front 93+ Points!

    $161.10 by the dozen $179.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (2 in store)


  4. Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    James Halliday Top 100 Wines 2018!
    Tyson Stelzer 95 points!

    $78.00

    Currently in stock


  5. Billecart Salmon Extra Brut N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    Tyson Stelzer 94 Points!

    $76.50 by the dozen $85.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (13 in store)


  6. Bollinger Rose Champagne 2006

    Region: France, Champagne
    $166.50 by the dozen $185.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (4 in store)


  7. Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne
    Tyson Stelzer 95 points!
    Nick Stock 93 points!

    $72.00 by the dozen $80.00 per bottle

    Currently in stock


  8. Brimoncourt Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    Dr Ron Georgiou MW 97 points!
    Andrew Caillard MW 96 points!
    Jeremy Oliver 96 points!

    $90.00 by the dozen $100.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (6 in store)


  9. Brimoncourt Brut Regence N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    Jeremy Oliver 96 Points!

    $73.80 by the dozen $82.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (6 in store)


  10. Egly Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Rose N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    Wine Front 95 Points!

    $202.50 by the dozen $225.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (1 in store)


  11. Egly Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    James Halliday top 100 Wines 2018 - 97 Points!
    Tyson Stelzer 96
     Points!
    Vinum Wine Magazine 17.5/20 points!

    $148.50 by the dozen $165.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (12 in store)


  12. Egly Ouriet Les Vignes de Vrigny Premier Cru N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 92 Points!

    $117.00 by the dozen $130.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (1 in store)


  13. $107.10 by the dozen $119.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (4 in store)


  14. Jeaunaux-Robin Extra Brut N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    "Le Talus De Saint Prix" Grande Tradition

    $81.00 by the dozen $90.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (6 in store)


  15. Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne M.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    James Halliday 97 points!
    Nick Stock 96 points! The Age/SMH Best Non-Vintage Champagne!

    $299.95 by the dozen $320.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (3 in store)


  16. Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    Tyson Stelzer 93 Points!

    $72.00 by the dozen $80.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (7 in store)


  17. Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne
    Tyson Stelzer 95 Points!
    Extra Brut
    $80.10 by the dozen $89.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (11 in store)


  18. $117.00 by the dozen $130.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (4 in store)


  19. Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Premier Cru 2010

    Region: France, Champagne

    Vinous Media 93 Points!

    $121.50 by the dozen $135.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (1 in store)


  20. $165.00

    Low Stock (1 in store)


  21. Laurent Perrier Brut L-P La Cuvee N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne
    $67.50 by the dozen $75.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (10 in store)


  22. Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    Tyson Stelzer 94 Points! 

    "A delightfully composed rosé of excellent line, energetic acid backbone and softly mineral mouthfeel…' - Tyson Stelzer

    $99.00 by the dozen $110.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (11 in store)


  23. Louis Roederer Brut Premier N.V.

    Region: France, Champagne

    "The NV Brut Premier is a gorgeous wine that stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of wines in its price range" - Antonio Galloni

    Tyson Stelzer 94 points!

    $72.00 by the dozen $79.00 per bottle

    Currently in stock


  24. Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Rose 2009

    Region: France, Champagne
    $779.00

    Low Stock (1 in store)


  25. Moet Chandon Brut Imperial N.V. 1500mL

    Region: France, Champagne

     

    $170.00

    Low Stock (2 in store)


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