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Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Noël Coward reportedly asked “Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?” Well, maybe not every morning, Noël, but we certainly like it very much indeed. Who wouldn’t? Champagne is not only one of the most perfect drinks on the planet, but it is also probably one of the most perfect wine-making regions anywhere. We’re not talking about the weather, which can be a little bit too much like ours for our liking; we are talking about the symbiotic relationship of its producers.


With their consistent style, availability and prestige, big Champagne Houses such as Laurent-Perrier and Pol Roger (who are family-owned), have built up Champagne’s incredible reputation and this has made it one of the most famous and emulated wines on Earth. These larger producers are able to promote the Champagne brand overseas, support smaller producers by buying their grapes and innovate by playing with fermentation in oak, dosage (very dry) styles and organic viticulture. The smaller producers, therefore are very fond of their big brothers… But what about the little brothers? Well, we wuv them, big time.

We especially wuv ‘Grower Houses’, such as Pierre Gimonnet, Drappier and Antoine Remy, who grow the grapes and make the wine themselves, rather than buying in the grapes or the wine to create a blend. H Blin is a co-op of growers that works on a similar principle. These Growers also sell their grapes on, but are doing this less and less as demand for Grower Champagne grows. Happy days. The other great thing about smaller and lesser known outfits is that they invest all their efforts and finances on making the best wine they can from their vineyards, which results in very good value wine with a strong sense of place. So what about the stuff in the bottle? Well, it is composed of one, two or all of the following grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and, traditionally, Houses would create a blend of these, without being steered by which grapes grew locally. However, the past 10 years or so has seen producers making the most of the grapes that thrive in their vicinity. Pierre Gimmonet, for example, are situated on the Côtes des Blancs and so exclusively use Chardonnay, which thrives there. H Blin use a lot of Pinot Meunier, which does well in the Vallée de la Marne and Drappier, based in Urville, which predominantly uses Pinot Noir. Drappier also use historic grape varieties such as Arbane, Petit Meslier, Fromenteau and Blanc Vrai, which have lower yields but exceptional character – and look set to make a comeback (hooray!) That’s all from us, all you have to do now is decide what’s for breakfast.

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  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Now £37.00

    Was £43.00

    £37.00

    The consistent class and finesse of this rich and complex Champagne makes it quite a standard bearer.
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    Now £29.00

    Was £43.00

    £29.00

    Its name precedes it and its quality is preceded by few. Delicate yet complex, fresh yet well-balanced, with charming jasmine, vine peach and lemon rose notes.
  • Pol Roger 2009 Vintage Champagne

    Now £60.00

    Was £73.00

    £60.00

    One of the hardest things about being brilliant is the pressure to follow on with something equally impressive. Look at the curse of second book syndrome; Mathilda by Mary Shelly is probably quite good but as it isn't Frankenstein 'probably quite good' is the best review it's received in 200 years. Imagine, then, maintaining the highest quality through multiple editions. That's exactly what Pol Roger have succeeded in doing. Surely, with each great vintage they must wonder "how can we match this magnificent wine again?" Yet any worries, we imagine, would have been instantly allayed when they sampled the 2009...

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  • Antoine Remy Champagne Non Vintage AOC

    Antoine Remy NV Champagne

    £27.00

    £27.00

    This boutique and thoroughly modern Champagne is proof that it's possible to invest in the future and still have fun ...
  • Bollinger La Grande Annee 2007 Vintage Champagne

    Bollinger La Grande Annee Champagne 2007

    £90.00

    £90.00

    *Throws down red carpet, puts a cigar in your mouth and takes you by the arm* Why hello! You look like you want to ma...
  • Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Champagne - Magnum

    Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne - Magnum

    £95.00

    £95.00

    They say great things come in small packages. We beg to differ. This magnum sized bottle, for example, contains a li...
  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne - 37.5CL - HALF BOTTLE

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Our French is rudimentary, but we think that Canard-Duchêne roughly translates as "duck of oak". And we believe ...
  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne Magnum

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne - Magnum

    £55.00

    £55.00

    Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, w...
  • Champagne Bollinger Rosé NV

    Champagne Bollinger Rosé NV

    £55.00

    £55.00

    The warming cinnamon and nutmeg spice, coupled up with the vibrant energy of the red cherries, rose petals and wild s...
  • Tarlant Brut Nature Zero NV Vegan and Vegetarian Champagne

    Champagne Tarlant Brut Nature Zero NV

    £37.00

    £37.00

    This is the Champagne that delivers 0% sugar and 100% flavour, baby! Made in the same way as Tarlant's Reserve Brut b...
  • Cremant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont Millesime 2013

    Crémant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont 2013

    £23.00

    £23.00

    It's well known the French were great pioneers of "human-carrying flight technology". However, it's less well known t...
  • Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage Champage - Magnum

    Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage Champage - Magnum

    £325.00

    £325.00

    Since 1921, Dom Pérignon has more or less defined the term ‘vintage champagne’, not least because ...
  • Dom Perignon 2006 Vintage Champagne

    Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £135.00

    £135.00

    Since 1921, Dom Pérignon has more or less defined the term ‘vintage champagne’, not least because ...
  • Follador Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry 2017 Sparkling Wine

    Follador Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry 2017

    £17.00

    £17.00

    You have to be careful when you describe just how good this new Prosecco is. People will assume you're exaggerating. ...
  • From Italy With Love - Triple Bottle Gift Set
    Italy practically invented love, so if you're floundering around, looking for inspiration, then look no further. The ...
  • Golden Goodness Champagne Gift Set
    This is the one to buy when your Mum has gone above and beyond the duties of Mummydom. She may have stayed on the pho...
  • Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine

    Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    The vines responsible for this distinguished, heavenly sparkling wine hail from across the water in Champagne but, bo...
  • Gusbourne Rosé Sparkling Wine

    Gusbourne Sparkling Rosé 2014

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Appledore sounds like a realm from Lord of the Rings, populated by wizards, hobbits and dragons. But it's not; it's t...
  • H Blin 2006 Vintage Champagne

    H. Blin 2008 Millesime Vintage Champagne

    £37.00

    £37.00

    ***Silver at the IWC 2015*** When Champagne gets this good, it's time to ask not what your Champagne can do ...
  • Jansz NV Sparkling Wine

    Jansz Brut NV Sparkling Wine

    £17.50

    £17.50

    Jansz is like a Champagne house in a parallel universe, which enjoys the same cool, temperate weather, but where ever...
  • Jean Baptiste Alexandre Brut NV Champagne

    Jean Baptiste Alexandre Brut NV Champagne

    £30.00

    £30.00

    You might think you're familiar with the story of John the Baptist, but you probably don't know the truth. When Herod...
  • Krug Grande Cuvee NV Champagne

    Krug Grande Cuvee NV Champagne

    £140.00

    £140.00

    Let's be honest, when we invest in a bottle of luxury champagne, it's not only the booze we're buying. We're making ...
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV with Competition Badge

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

    Now £49.00

    Was £62.00

    £49.00

    Order online before 19th June 2018 to be in for the chance of winning an Exclusive Laurent-Perrier Summer P...
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne Competition

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    Now £29.00

    Was £43.00

    £29.00

    Order online before 19th June 2018 to be in for the chance of winning an Exclusive Laurent-Perrier Summer P...
  • Loimer Sparkling Extra Brut NV Vegan and Vegetarian White Wine

    Loimer Sparkling Extra Brut NV

    £21.00

    £21.00

    When you think of sparkling wine grapes, you might automatically gravitate to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunie...
  • Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV

    Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne

    £39.00

    £39.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** Moët & Chandon: probably the most famous and i...
  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne - 37.5CL
    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** The ultimate groupies' Champagne, one can imagine this ...
  • Paternina Rioja Banda Gris Tempranillo 2015 Spanish Red Wine

    Paternina Rioja Banda Gris Tempranillo 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    The Marquis' daughter was blessed with extraordinary imagination and spent her days in a make-believe world. But when...
  • Paternina Gran Reserva Paternina Tempranillo Red Wine 2008

    Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2008

    £15.00

    £15.00

    These wines are named for Don José Fernando de Abascal y Sousa, 1st Marqués de la Concordia, the 25th Vicer...
  • Pol Roger 2006 Vintage Champagne

    Pol Roger 2006 Vintage Champagne

    £73.00

    £73.00

    The sense of triumph and exhilaration that the fine folk at Pol Roger must have felt when they released their epicall...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Now £37.00

    Was £43.00

    £37.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne - Magnum

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne - Magnum

    £89.00

    £89.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • Premium Prosecco Mixed Case of 6 Italian Sparkling Wines
    When you're celebrating, it's always worth doing it in style. But that doesn't mean you've got to break the bank ever...
  • Prosecco Ca' Rosa Gift Set

    Prosecco - Gift Set

    As low as: £12.50

    Totally impossible to go wrong here. Prosecco is the nation's darling sparkler and this is our most loved Prosecco. E...
  • Prosecco Ca'Rosa Sparkling Wine

    Prosecco Ca'Rosa

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz has become adored by Latin lovers for its soft ...
  • Prosecco Party - Mixed Case of 6 Sparkling Wines
    As we are heading into the warmer months of the year, who knows what kind of spontaneous parties or barbecues are com...
  • Prosecco Quadri Extra Dry NV

    Prosecco Quadri Extra Dry NV

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Carlo decided that for their anniversary this year he would buy his sweetheart something truly special. Having heard ...
  • Prosecco Treviso Follador Extra Dry

    Prosecco Treviso Follador Extra Dry

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Old as the hills, the Follador winery. Giovanni Follador first blushingly received the Wine Quality Award from the 'D...
  • Quinta do Soalheiro Espumante 2016 Vegan and Vegetarian Sparkling Wine

    Quinta do Soalheiro Espumante 2016

    Now £20.00

    Was £24.00

    £20.00

    It was once believed the World was flat. Sail too far, and you'd fall off the side. But intrepid individuals have lon...
  • Renaixença Cava Brut NV

    Renaixença Cava Brut NV

    £12.00

    £12.00

    We love onomatopoeic words. Zip. Shuffle. Whoosh! They do more than convey meaning, they bring words to life. So sayi...
  • Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £31.00

    £31.00

    Ruinart is not a call to write on a Rothko, paint over a Banksy or put a traffic cone on a statue; it's the oldest Ch...
  • Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc Bubbles 2016

    Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc Bubbles 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Only rare souls reach such states of grace they are canonized as saints, displaying sacrifice and patience inconceiva...
  • Taittinger 2009 Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £50.00

    £50.00

    The Taittinger house style is crisp and elegant, with a creamy richness that's emphasised in the 2009 vintage with it...
  • Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Classic Champagne. And a no-risk, fail-safe guarantee of good order. Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds and might...
  • Taittinger Rosé Non Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger Rosé NV Champagne

    £49.00

    £49.00

    Taittinger's Rosé is a deep, ruby tinted pink. It's almost exactly the colour of quince jelly - and in the same...
  • The Taittinger Masterclass Gift Set
    Between you and us, this is our favourite gift. Partly because Taittinger, and especially vintage Taittinger, is unut...
  • Torre Oria Rosado Cava Sparkling Wine

    Torre Oria Brut Rosado Cava NV

    Now £9.50

    Was £10.50

    £9.50

    Every August in the Dominion of Derramador, hopeful youths take part in the annual cork firing competition. The aim, ...
  • Torre Oria Cava Reserva NV

    Torre Oria Cava Reserva NV

    Now £9.50

    Was £10.50

    £9.50

    This top selling fizz is the more rounded of our Cavas and, is not quite as dry-seeming as the others in the range. T...
  • Two's Company - Prosecco Gift Set
    What's better than 1 bottle of Prosecco? Two, of course! Whether it's time for a celebration or they're havin...
  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut Gift Set

    Veuve Clicquot - Gift Set

    As low as: £45.50

    It's no coincidence that in the same way that Veuve Cliquot's label sets it apart from all other Champagne, this very...
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    £44.00

    £44.00

    In the same way that, in the natural world, many animals are drawn to the mate with the most colourful foliage/colour...

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