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France | Côte des Blancs, Champagne

Vineyards of the Côte des Blancs in Champagne

Located a few kilometres from Epernay the Côte des Blancs is a region dominated by the white grape Chardonnay. It is planted almost exclusively throughout the region, except in Vertus, in the extreme south where there are plantings of Pinot Noir to compete with.

The name Côte des Blancs refers to the slope/hillside (côte) where most of the villages are located and to both the white colour (blanc) of the chalky soils and the long history of the area as an origin of the Chardonnay grape. The chalk-covered ridge of la Côte des Blancs is where the Chardonnay finds its finest expression and the wines produced from these grapes have become the most sought after in all Champagne. They combine great finesse and delicacy with the capacity to mature to an unequalled intensity of flavour. 

Six of the 17 grand cru villages in all of Champagne are located in the Côte des Blancs. The four villages in the centre of the region; Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, as well as two villages to the north: Chouilly and Oiry. The other seven villages are all premier cru status.

 

Champagne Ruinart Rosé NV

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Champagne Pierre Gimonnet Cuvée Rosé de Blancs 1er Cru NV

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A pale-salmon pink Champagne based on the Chardonnay grape... Read More...

Champagne Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV (Gift Boxed)

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

From £32.00 - per bottle
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Champagne Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV | Magnum (150cl)

£95.00
A wonderfully seductive, award winning, champagne made solely from Grand Cru vineyards... Read More...

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé 2008

From £90.00 - per bottle
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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 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV | Half Bottle

£25.95
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Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV

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A superb NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger... Read More...

Champagne Delamotte Brut NV

From £37.00 - per bottle
An outstanding non-vintage champagne from one of the regions most distinguished producers... Read More...

Champagne Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Extra Brut NV

From £35.00 - per bottle
Purity, finesse & elegance...it's like a top quality Puligny Montrachet with bubbles!... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Fleuron 1er Cru 2014

From £45.00 - per bottle
A pure Chardonnay Vintage Champagne selected from only the great years... 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 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 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 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires (Crayère Gift Box) 2004

From £170.00 - per bottle
The flagship cuvée of Charles Heidsieck and arguably one of Champagne's finest examples... Read More...

Champagne Fleur de Miraval Rosé NV

£300.00
The very high expectations of this Rosé have been matched...and then some!... Read More...

Champagne Salon 2007

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Arguably the rarest of all fine champagnes made in minuscule quantities a few times a decade... Read More...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Gastronome 1er Cru 2014

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

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Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV | Magnum (150cl)

£102.00
A refined style of champagne reflecting heritage and pedigree as sister house to Champagne Salon... Read More...