Champagne

Champagne

Most of the Champagne appellation lies on slopes, where the vines send their roots into the chalky hillside, providing ideal conditions of drainage and humidity.  The quality of the wines vary from year to year due to the harsh and variable climate.  As a result, champagne is traditionally a blend from different villages and vintages.  The whole vineyard is planted with three grape varieties - pinot noir which provides structure, pinot meunier and chardonnay which add richness and fruitiness.  Champagne producers follow strict regimes in relation to sourcing grapes, pressing, fermentation and blending.

The characteristic bubbles form by adding sugar and yeast to the white wine in the bottle which causes a secondary fermentation, contact with the resulting sediment, which is later removed, gives the champagne its characteristic flavours of toast and biscuits. The sweetness of the champagne is determined by the ripeness of the grapes and the amount of sugar added after the second fermentation.  From dry to sweet - extra brut, brut, extra dry, sec, demi-sec and doux are the terms used to describe the sweetness of the wine.

In addition to non-vintage champagne, vintage champagne is made from the produce of three or four of the better years in every decade - blanc de blancs from the chardonnay grape, blanc de noirs from black grapes and rose champagne by adding a small proportion of red wine or occasionally letting the juice remain in contact with the skin of the grapes during fermentation.  All the major firms now produce a luxury or prestige cuvee, for example, Roederer's - Cristal and Moet & Chandon's - Dom Perignon.


Note: Prices shown exclude VAT

Minimum order £150.00 (including VAT, excluding delivery)


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Deutz Cuvee William Deutz Brut 1995 (DP) - Presentation Box

Deutz Cuvee William Deutz Brut 1995 (DP) - Presentation Box

Champagne, France    Bottle    In presentation box     Jancis Robinson..

£160.00

Dom Perignon 1998 (DP) - In presentation box

Dom Perignon 1998 (DP) - In presentation box

Champagne, France  Bottle  In presentation box - slightly marked box  Robert Parker 9..

£145.00

Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1990 (DP)

Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1990 (DP)

Champagne, France      Bottle  In pristine condition     Prestige Cuvé..

£375.00

Krug 1985

Krug 1985

Champagne, France             Bottle    In presentatio..

£350.00

Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1982 (DP)

Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1982 (DP)

Champagne, France           Bottle  OWC*  Small mark on bac..

£1,450.00

Pol Roger cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 1988 (DP) - In presentation box

Pol Roger cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 1988 (DP) - In presentation box

Champagne, France  Bottle  In presentation box   Richard Juhlin 96/100  Steven T..

£420.00

Pol Roger cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 1988 (DP) - In presentation case

Pol Roger cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 1988 (DP) - In presentation case

Champagne, France  Jeroboam  In wooden presentation box   Richard Juhlin 96/100 ..

£1,750.00

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1988 (DP)

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1988 (DP)

Champagne, France  Bottle        Antonio Galloni 97   "I am blown away..

£250.00

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 1996 (DP) - In presentation box

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 1996 (DP) - In presentation box

Champagne, France    Bottle      Gift boxed       Antonio Ga..

£225.00

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