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

  • Moet Chandon Brut Imperial N.V. 750mL

    Moet Chandon Brut Imperial N.V. 750mL

    Region: France- Champagne

    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 harmonious...

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  • Veuve Clicquot N.V.

    Veuve Clicquot N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    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 to 33% Chardonnay These figures vary...

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  • Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut N.V.

    Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    Tyson Stelzer 95 points! "James Bond's choice has had a makeover and this powerful, oaked, Pinot-dominant style is now fresher than ever - one of the best winter sparkling on the shelves." Tyson Stelzer, Wine100, June 2011 Nick Stock 93 Points! "This...

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  • Brimoncourt Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Brimoncourt Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    Dr Ron Georgiou MW 97 points!“Boasting 85% Grand Cru origins, this exceptionally fine Champagne has intense nutty and mineral aromas on the nose. The palate follows in fine style, with substantial and complex wet slate minerality, layered with...

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

    Champagne Forget-Brimont Premier Cru Rose N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    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 reserve...

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  • Egly Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition N.V.

    Egly Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    James Halliday 97 Points! "70% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay from the ’12, ’11 and ’10 vintages, disgorged October ’17 after 51 months on lees. Fourth-generation vigneron, Francis Egly, assumed responsibility in ’82, deciding to bottle the production of...

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

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

    Region: France- Champagne

    "The NV Brut Premier Cru les Vignes de Vrigny is 100% Pinot Meunier from 40- to 50-year-old vines in Vrigny. The youngest release is based on the 2011 vintage and 50% of reserve wines. It is clear and spicy on the nose, where red apples are displayed and...

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

    Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    "Latitude is a 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay from vineyards on the southern side of Vertus. These are vineyards on roughly the same 'Latitude' and the name also hints at the breadth of texture that the wines from these sites (having more clay in the...

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

    Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    Region: France- Champagne

    "The name here refers to the 'vertical' nature of the geographic locations of the vineyards as well as the style of wine that results from the very chalky soils of these sites - that gift a more linear, mineral style of wine. To be specific, the...

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