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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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    Fresh on the palate with subtle aromas of toasty brioche.  Read More
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    The stunning Prestige Cuvee from Jospeph perrier is now available in this unique presentation case which includes 2 custom Champagne flutes, designed ... Read More
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    An exceptional Blanc de Noir, made using 100% Pinot Noir sourced from a single parcel grapes from Premier Cru vineyards. It is then bottle aged for 6 ... 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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    Supple and graceful, giving a floral bouquet with a full, rich style. Complex with notes of tobacco and vanilla on the long, luxurious finish. Read More
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    Golden ribbons run through with almond, soft stone and tropical fruit on the nose. Honeyed with good depth and well balanced.  Read More
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    Absolutely delicious stuff, so approachable and easy-going and yet clearly of very fine, well-defined quality too. A seductive nose with notes of almo... 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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    This blend of the three classic Champagne grape varieties forms the signature style of finesse, fruit and freshness, offering springtime notes, magnif... Read More
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    Made entirely from the Chardonnay grape it is the minerality that sets this apart from the rest of the JP range. Its great strength is the way that it... Read More
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    Deep elegant flavour is very well supported by a biscuity complexity that brings a little sweetness to the palate. This is archetypal vintage Champagn... Read More
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    This superb quality champagne is ideal for every occasion. Read More
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    The nose is full of cherries but has a soft nature that serves to emphasise this wine's tremendous elegance. The palate is creamy and silky smooth wit... Read More
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    A smooth and elegant Champagne that is slightly orange in colour and has a nose full of raspberry and blackberry. This is also apparent on the palate ... Read More
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    A dry rose made from a careful blend of the three main grape verities. Its seductive salmon pink colour with aromas of raspberries enlighten your sens... Read More
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    A stunning Champagne with a rich aromas of citrus and creamy honey. Lively and balanced on the palate with length and depth on the finish. Read More
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    A suave, delicate, well-balanced Champagne made exclusively from the Chardonnay Grape. Striking on the palate with delicious hints of apricots and nec... 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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    Salmon-pink with a long, fine mousse. Wonderfully fresh, with red-black fruit such as raspberries, black cherries and blackcurrants. 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 is lovely fruity champagne with superb freshness which is balanced, elegant and has a wonderfully vibrant finish. 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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  1. 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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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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