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Champagne

Champagne only comes from Champagne in France and remains the pinnacle of sparkling winemaking, despite the proliferation of ’traditional method’ sparkling wines on the market. The winning combination of top quality grape varieties, a northerly climate, hundreds of years of winemaking using the ‘méthode champenoise’, as well as an efficient marketing strategy, has ensured the reputation of this iconic sparkling wine is upheld.

Located approximately 150 kilometres (90 miles) to the east of Paris, the vineyards of Champagne cover an area of 34,000 hectares, which spreads across 319 crus (villages or communes) in four main growing areas: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne, the Côte des Blancs and the Côte des Bar. Seventeen villages rank as Grand Cru and 42 as Premier Cru. There are 15,000 growers who work these vineyards, with 150 cooperatives of varying sizes, and 300 Champagne ’houses’, or négociants.

Some of the most popular Champagne styles include:

Non-Vintage Brut:

Non-Vintage Champagne accounts for more than 75 per cent of all Champagne sold and relies upon the winemaker's blending skills to produce a consistent style that consumers can expect from year to year. A non-vintage Champagne is a blended product of grapes from multiple vintages. The base wine, to which reserve wines may be added, will always be from the last harvest. Most producers make up between 10 and 15 per cent of their blends from reserves from the previous two or three years, but some utilise as much as 40 per cent from older vintages.

Vintage Brut:

A vintage Champagne is made exclusively from grapes grown in a single year, this is produced only in the best years and is released usually at about six years of age.

Blanc de Blancs:

A style of Champagne that can be non-vintage, vintage or a prestige cuvée and literally means "white from whites", and is used to designate Champagnes made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes. These posses the greatest ageing potential of all Champagnes.

Blanc de Noirs:

Literally translated as "white of blacks" these Champagne styles are made entirely from black grapes, either Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier, or a blend of the two. These can be either non-vintage, vintage or deluxe cuvées.

Deluxe (Prestige) Cuvée:

These styles are the top of the range and the best Champagne has to offer and are produced in both non-vintage and vintage variants. Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon was the first commercial example of a Deluxe cuvée closely followed by Louis Roederer's Cristal.  Other famous examples include Krug Grande Cuvée, Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, Billecart-Salmon Grande Cuvée and Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle La Cuvée.

Rosé:

Rosé Champagne can be produced either by leaving the clear juice of black grapes (Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier) to macerate on its skins for a brief time (known as the saignée method) or by adding a small amount of Pinot Noir red wine to the sparkling wine cuvée. The saignée method is more elaborate and costly and requires lots of skilful winemaking and only a few houses still use it, of which Champagne Delamotte is one.

Demi-Sec:

Demi-Sec is a medium-dry to medium-sweet style of Champagne which occupies the other end of the spectrum from the standard dry "Brut" style. It may contain between 33 and 50 grams of residual sugar per litre.

Extra Brut:

These Champagnes must contain less than 6 grams of residual sugar per litre and as such can be wonderfully bracing.

 

Champagne Testulat Carte d'Or Blanc de Noirs | Half Bottle

£16.95
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Champagne Delamotte Brut NV | Half Bottle

£19.50
An outstanding non-vintage champagne from one of the regions most distinguished producers... Read More...

Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV | Half Bottle

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Champagne Drappier Carte d'Or Brut | Half Bottle

£21.00
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Champagne Drappier Rosé de Saignée Brut NV | Halves

£23.95
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Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV | Half Bottle

£25.95
A refined style of champagne reflecting heritage and pedigree as sister house to Champagne Salon... Read More...

Champagne Beaumont des Crayères Grande Réserve Brut NV

From £27.95 - per bottle
A popular by-the-glass Champagne served in many of the UK's finest dining establishments... Read More...

Champagne Beaumont des Crayères Grand Rosé NV

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Beaumont des Crayères Grand Rosé Non Vintage Champagne is made from a blend... Read More...

Champagne Testulat Carte d'Or Blanc de Noirs Brut NV

From £28.00 - per bottle
An elegant and well-balanced Champagne for enjoyment anytime... Read More...

Champagne Testulat Blanc de Blancs Brut NV

From £30.00 - per bottle
A pure blend Chardonnay made from the first pressings to maximise purity... Read More...

Champagne Guy de Chassey Grand Cru Brut NV

From £31.95 - per bottle
Exceptional value, Grand Cru Champagne from a traditional family-run house... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Cuis 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs NV

From £32.00 - per bottle
An exemplary Champagne made from a pure blend of Chardonnay assembled from five different vintages... Read More...

Champagne Geoffroy Expression 1er Cru Brut NV

From £32.00 - per bottle
A champagne that charms with its fruitiness, balance and amazing freshness... Read More...

Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve NV (Gift Boxed)

From £34.00 - per bottle
Voted Sparkling Producer of the Year 2020 at the Sommelier Wine Awards... Read More...

Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV

From £34.95 - per bottle
A superb NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger... Read More...

Champagne Drappier Carte d'Or Brut NV

From £35.95 - per bottle
The Champagne Drappier Carte d’Or Brut Non Vintage expresses all the aromas of... Read More...

Champagne Delamotte Brut NV

From £36.50 - per bottle
An outstanding non-vintage champagne from one of the regions most distinguished producers... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Gastronome 1er Cru 2014

From £39.50 - per bottle
A champagne which expresses the complexity and richness of the vintage yet exhibits all the freshness of a non-vintage... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet Cuvée Rosé de Blancs 1er Cru NV

From £39.95 - per bottle
A pale-salmon pink Champagne based on the Chardonnay grape... Read More...

Champagne Geoffroy Rosé de Saignée Brut 1er Cru NV

From £40.00 - per bottle
100% Pinot Noir Rosé Champagne made using the 'saignée' method... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Oenophile Extra Brut 2008

From £40.00 - per bottle
Oenophile Extra Brut is a non-dosée style of vintage champagne... Read More...

Champagne Drappier Rosé Brut NV

From £40.00 - per bottle
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Champagne Drappier Rosé de Saignée Brut NV

From £40.00 - per bottle
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Champagne Drappier Blanc de Blancs Signature NV

From £43.95 - per bottle
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Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Fleuron 1er Cru 2010

From £45.00 - per bottle
A pure Chardonnay Vintage Champagne selected from only the great years... Read More...

Champagne Le Mesnil Sublime Rosé Grand Cru Brut NV

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The Champagne Le Mesnil Sublime Rosé Grand Cru Brut NV is a delicate... Read More...

Champagne Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV (Gift Boxed)

From £45.00 - per bottle
A wonderfully seductive, award winning, champagne made solely from Grand Cru vineyards... Read More...

Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Zéro Dosage Sans Souffre NV

From £47.95 - per bottle
Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Zéro Dosage Sans Souffre Non Vintage is the culmination... Read More...

Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV

From £49.95 - per bottle
A refined style of champagne reflecting heritage and pedigree as sister house to Champagne Salon... Read More...

Champagne Geoffroy Volupté Brut 1er Cru 2009

From £49.95 - per bottle
A vintage champagne that beautifully expresses the Chardonnay grape grown in Cumières... Read More...

Champagne Beaumont des Crayères Grande Réserve Brut NV | Magnum (150cl)

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Champagne Beaumont des Crayères Grande Réserve Non-Vintage is a Brut multi-vintage blend of... Read More...

Champagne Delamotte Rosé Brut NV

From £53.95 - per bottle
An elegant style of Rosé produced by the saignée method employed by only a few discerning Champagne houses... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Special Club 2010

£55.00
Special Club takes its name from the group of growers who taste and rate each others wines prior to release... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Cuis Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs | Magnum (150cl)

£65.00
A pure blend of Chardonnay assembled from five different vintages... Read More...

Champagne Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV

£65.00
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs embodies the purity of the Chardonnay grapes from which... Read More...

Champagne Ruinart Rosé NV

£65.00
Champagne Ruinart Rosé displays all the hallmarks of the classic Ruinart taste, with... Read More...

Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV | Magnum (150cl)

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The Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV is made... Read More...

Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve NV (Gift Boxed) | Magnum (150cl)

£70.00
Voted Sparkling Producer of the Year 2020 at the Sommelier Wine Awards... Read More...

Champagne Delamotte Brut NV | Magnum (150cl)

£76.00
An outstanding non-vintage champagne, in Magnum size bottle, from one of the regions most distinguished producers... Read More...

Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée 2009

From £80.00 - per bottle
The Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée takes its name from a parcel of land... Read More...