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Champagne

Champagne

Champagne is synonymous with celebration and the drink of celebrity.  This is undoubtedly true, but there is rather more to it than that.

It is largely unknown that it is a white wine made with red grapes; that the bubbles were once considered a nuisance; and that it took those perennial influencers of wine, the British, to discover how to strengthen glass to safely contain it.  The story of Champagne is every bit as effervescent as the wine it produces.

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    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    Full and rich with a toasty character, this a truly well made Champagne from this renowned Champagne house. Read More
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    • Champagne
    Created expressly for mixology, Veuve Clicquot Rich is a versatile Champagne designed to allow anyone to create their own playful drinking experience. Read More
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    • Champagne
    Vinified as a homage to the exceptional Chardonnays grown on pure chalk from the Montagne de Reims, this single vintage Blanc de Blancs expresses all ... Read More
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    The "Sélection de Parcelles” cuvée combines the sensual minerality of the Chardonnay Premier Cru from Villers-Marmery with the elegant power of th... Read More
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    Full and rich with a toasty character, this a truly well made Champagne from this renowned Champagne house. Read More
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    • Champagne
    An incredibly complex prestige cuvee with perfectly balanced notes of lemon peel, white pepper and a rich toastiness. A truly multidimensional Champag... Read More
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    Weak summer morning sunlight in colour and orange blossom and wet chalk on the nose. Rich toast and peach dominate the flavour profile with precise, d... Read More
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    Superb! Perhaps the greatest name in Champagne, producing big rich wines that can live for many years in bottle. One of the truly great champagnes, th... Read More
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    Expressive nose with aromas of red fruit (wild strawberry, raspberry and gooseberry) that develop into more complex aromas (fig, fresh almond and berg... Read More
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    The perfect expression of the fruity and elegant aromas of Henriet Bazins Grand-Cru plots in Verzenay and Verzy, this blended Rosé contains a good pr... Read More
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    A half bottle of superb fruit harmonies with excellent depth and structure. Read More
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    Soft and creamy in texture; elegantly perfumed with a refined bead and consistent quality. Read More
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    Pale gold with a sparkling mousse and a floral aroma which leads to a creamy, toasty palate with characters of puffed wheat and brioche that add extra... Read More
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    Creamy mousse with rich, delicate fruit flavours. A delightful champagne which has fullness and depth. Read More
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    The Cuvée chosen for this Champagne is widely blended with Chardonnay, which gives the finesse, lightness and distinction to the style. It is an opul... Read More
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    Pale gold in colour with green darts and fine bubbles. Wet flint, white fruit and apricot on the nose leads to a fine, delicate palate. A wonderfully ... Read More
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    • Champagne
    Outstandingly well balanced Champagne. A golden hue with a subtle bouquet that is delicate but full with strength and freshness on the palate - utterl... Read More
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    This is a beautiful extression of Champgane with Pinot Noir the lead grape in the blend. Dry and crisp with an apple like crispness. Delight fresh fru... Read More
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    A classic medium dry champagne, displaying rich citrus fruit characters on the nose and a lingering finish on the palate. Read More
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    This is a lovely fruity champagne with superb freshness which is balanced, elegant and has a wonderfully vibrant finish. Read More
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    This superb quality champagne is ideal for every occasion. It has a certain feminine quality given by equal proportions of Pinot Noir / Meunier and Ch... Read More
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    This superb quality champagne is ideal for every occasion. It has a certain feminine quality given by equal proportions of Pinot Noir / Meunier and Ch... Read More
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    Complex and compelling, this vintage Champagne is dominated by Chardonnay, stylish and deliciously elegant that has become the signature of the great ... Read More
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History

Champagne acquired bubbles by accident.  The cold winters of the region would stop fermentation, but with the coming of spring it would start up again and release carbon dioxide.  In one of the greatest ironies in the history of popular myth, the 17th century monk Dom Perignon strived throughout his life to do away with these bubbles.  His legendary services to champagne were as the still wine it was supposed to be at the time.

When the British discovered, in the 18th century, the secret of strong-enough glass, the second fermentation was finally encouraged and sparkling champagne was intentionally and commercially produced.  It has never looked back.

Types of Wine

Quality, sweetness and style are the key things to look for and the label on the bottle will provide all the clues.

Concerning quality, there are three distinct designations.  Non-vintage champagne will be blended from the produce of several years and aim for a standard style; vintage champagne is the fruit of only one year and will have more depth of character and greater ageing potential; Prestige Cuvées are exclusive, excellent and enhanced by age.

Ultra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Sec, Demi-Sec and Doux are the six categories from driest to sweetest.  Sweetness is not created by noble rot but by adding yeast and sugar to the bottle before corking it.  Brut, the most popular and common style in the UK, is dry.

Other than the usual blend of three grapes, the following styles of champagne all exist: Blanc de Blancs, made only from Chardonnay; Blanc de Noir, from red grapes only; and Rosé, made by blending red and white wines before bottle fermentation.

Key Vines

It may be surprising to find that two of the three grapes that go into Champagne are red.  These are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  Chardonnay, the only white, makes up less than a third of the vines in the whole of the region.

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