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“To be made into sparkling wine, is to win first prize in the lottery of grapehood.” – Sir Isaac Newton. Alright you got us, Newton didn’t say that, he was much more concerned about apples than grapes. Bet if we’d said it was Oscar Wilde you would’ve bought it though, that’s just the sort of thing he’d come up with.

Many people don’t think too much about the grapes that go into sparkling wines. It’s just Champagne or Prosecco or Cava, they rock and that’s about all we care to bother ourselves with. Don’t write off a bit of esoteric knowledge, you never know what pub quiz you might find yourself in, being questioned about the grapes grown in Champagne...

Traditional Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, although you can get single varietals of all these. Blanc de Blanc will typically be 100% Chardonnay. Blanc de Noir will be a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, similar story with rosé Champagne. Whereas if you’re dealing with the Glera grape, you’ve probably got yourself a Prosecco. Cava is typically made with a blend of Macabeo and Parellada, the more you know, right? Because knowledge is power!

  • 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 everyone is laid back in that idiosyncratically Australian way.
  • Prosecco Ca'Rosa

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz makes for a gorgeous celebratory tipple.
  • Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2008 Vintage Champagne

    Now £48.00

    Was £55.00

    £48.00

    With lemon freshness, beautiful levity and notes of springtime blossom, Champagne Ayala’s 2007 Blanc de Blancs is sheer, bottled joy.
  • Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    £25.00

    £25.00

    When you think Pinot Noir you picture deliciously soft, silky and smooth red wines with juicy red berry flavours and earthy aromas, right? Not necessarily...
  • MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2012

    Now £13.50

    Was £15.00

    £13.50

    An intense and fresh Cava with flavours of dried nuts, toasted bread and citrus.

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  • Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature NV Cava

    Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature NV Cava

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Codorniu has an impressive 500 year history and is still, amazingly, a family-run enterprise. The Codorníus we...
  • 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 ...
  • Antoine Remy Rosé Champagne Non Vintage AOC

    Antoine Remy Rosé NV Champagne

    £30.00

    £30.00

    What's in a name? This Champagne does not have a famous name, which means that you aren't paying for PR, advertising ...
  • Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne Chardonnay

    Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne

    £42.00

    £42.00

    Rodent racing was an incredibly popular spectacle in Bellefontaine, Ohio. However, a sad day befell the town in 1843,...
  • Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée NV Champagne France

    Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée NV Champagne

    Now £33.30

    Was £37.00

    £33.30

    The story goes that in 1930 the director of the then famous Paris restaurant 'la Samaritaine de Luxe' challenged Vict...
  • Besserat de Bellefon Rosé NV Pink Champagne

    Besserat de Bellefon Rosé NV Champagne

    £41.00

    £41.00

    There's an intriguing golden, almost amber hue to the delicate pink of this rose fizz, reminiscent of an alpine sunse...
  • Bichot Pure Cremant de Bourgogne NV

    Bichot Pure Cremant de Bourgogne NV

    £19.00

    £19.00

    This Cremant Bourgogne is one of the best-bang-for-buck-badly-kept secrets in Britain. A Blanc de Blanc to imbibe whe...
  • Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Champagne - Magnum

    Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne - Magnum

    Now £92.00

    Was £95.00

    £92.00

    They say great things come in small packages. We beg to differ. This magnum sized bottle, for example, contains a li...
  • Ca Rosa 'Pink' Spumante NV Rose Sparkling Wine

    Ca Rosa 'Pink' Spumante NV

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Zamboni grew the most beautiful roses in Veneto. Young suitors (and sometimes even bashful husbands) came from miles ...
  • 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

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    Now £20.00

    Was £29.00

    £20.00

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

    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...
  • Canard-Duchene Rose NV

    Canard-Duchêne Rosé NV Champagne

    Now £25.00

    Was £30.00

    £25.00

    As with many of the best things in life, Canard-Duchêne began with love. It was love that drew barrel maker Vic...
  • Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV Sparkling Wine

    Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV

    £8.50

    £8.50

    This bargain Cava offers proof that Spanish fizz at this price isn't just a cheap alternative to Champagne, but can b...
  • Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2008 Vintage Chardonnay

    Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2008 Vintage Champagne

    Now £48.00

    Was £55.00

    £48.00

    2008 was a mixed year in Europe. The Bank of England was forced to bail out Northern Rock, marking the start of a few...
  • Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV Champagne

    Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV

    Now £25.00

    Was £30.00

    £25.00

    Like Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington, Champagne Ayala isn't such a household name these days but, dust o...
  • 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...
  • Champagne Drappier Millésimé Exception France

    Champagne Drappier Millésimé Exception 2012

    £35.00

    £35.00

    You know when you find something in the sale that fits you like a glove, is marvellously flattering and a total barga...
  • Champagne Philippe Guidon Brut Rosé NV

    Champagne Philippe Guidon Brut Rosé NV

    Now £24.30

    Was £27.00

    £24.30

    There's something inherently hedonistic about pink champagne, something inescapably self indulgent. And why not? Wha...
  • Champagne Tarlant Brut Nature Zero NV

    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...
  • Crémant de Bourgogne 'Blanc de Blancs' Cave de Lugny NV
    If you're one of those for whom the presentation value and the a-la-Francaise element of a Champagne are essential bu...
  • Cremant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont Millesime 2013

    Crémant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont 2013

    Now £20.00

    Was £23.00

    £20.00

    It's well known the French were great pioneers of "human-carrying flight technology". However, it's less well known t...
  • Deutz Brut Classic NV Champagne

    Deutz Brut Classic NV Champagne

    £38.00

    £38.00

    Despite being one of Queen Victoria's favourite wines, it's never done anything to calm old Phil dahn, his loaf of br...
  • 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 Rose Champagne

    Dom Pérignon Rosé 2004 Vintage Champagne

    £275.00

    £275.00

    Since 1921, Dom Pérignon has more or less defined the term ‘vintage Champagne’, mainly due to them...
  • Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc 2006 Vintage Champagne

    Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc 2006 Vintage Champagne

    £125.00

    £125.00

    Dom Thierry Ruinart was a visionary Benedictine monk who lived from 1657-1709 and was instrumental in the development...
  • Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    £25.00

    £25.00

    When you think Pinot Noir you picture deliciously soft, silky and smooth red wines with juicy red berry flavours and ...
  • Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve

    Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2013

    £32.00

    £32.00

    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 2012

    £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 2006 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 ...
  • H.Blin Brut

    H. Blin Brut NV Champagne

    £28.00

    £28.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** This Champagne could not be more popular if it was a ge...
  • Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2005 Vintage Champagne

    Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2005 Vintage Champagne

    £35.00

    £35.00

    We'll get onto the stuff inside the bottle in a minute but, first, how cool is the bottle? If you are having a dinner...
  • Heidsieck Monopole Silver Top Brut NV Champagne

    Heidsieck Monopole Silver Top Brut NV Champagne

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Silver. One of the human race's most cherished precious metals. There's something entrancing about its cool colour an...
  • Jansz 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...
  • Jansz Rosé NV Sparkling Wine

    Jansz Rosé NV Sparkling Wine

    £18.00

    £18.00

    You know when you should buy Jansz rosé? Any time you're feeling romantic, any time you're feeling whimsical, an...
  • Lanson Black Label Champagne NV

    Lanson Black Label NV Champagne

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Do not be fooled by the Maltese Cross and the black uniform that Lanson wears, it is not a member of the St John Ambu...
  • Lanson Rosé Non Vintage Pink Champagne

    Lanson Rosé NV Champagne

    £40.00

    £40.00

    Pink Champagne? That's all a bit frivolous, isn't it? Well, yes - that's the point of it - but also, no, not necessar...
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV with Box

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

    Now £49.00

    Was £62.00

    £49.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** Laurent-Perrier Rosé is not so much a Champagne ...
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    Now £28.00

    Was £43.00

    £28.00

    A casual glance down the list of prominent Champagne names will, before long, reveal Laurent-Perrier as one of the le...
  • Loimer Sparkling Extra Brut NV

    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...
  • Louis Roederer Brut Millesième Champagne 2008 vintage

    Louis Roederer Brut Millesième 2008

    £52.00

    £52.00

    There aren't many Champagne Houses that can follow their roots back over two centuries and still be the proud owners ...
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

    Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

    Now £33.00

    Was £43.00

    £33.00

    Could this Champagne house be the king of all Champagne? It's a good bet, and you won't get better odds on many other...
  • Lyme Bay Sparkling Brut Rosé 2014 English Sparkling Wine

    Lyme Bay Sparkling Brut Rosé 2014

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Given finding them usually involves whacking a rock with a hammer, it's a miracle any fossils remain intact. Especial...
  • Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV - Magnum

    Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV - Magnum

    Now £77.00

    Was £82.00

    £77.00

    The ultimate groupies' Champagne, one can imagine this being enjoyed and passed around between members of a larger ci...
  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne - 37.5CL

    Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Now £22.00

    Was £24.00

    £22.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** The ultimate groupies' Champagne, one can imagine this ...
  • MM Cava Reserva de Familia 2012 Spanish Sparkling Wine

    MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2012

    Now £13.50

    Was £15.00

    £13.50

    Bringing a descendant into the world is a great responsibility. Particularly when they'll have a name to live up to. ...
  • MM Cava Rosé Reserva de la Famlia 2013

    MM Reserva Vintage Brut Rosé Cava 2013

    Now £11.00

    Was £12.50

    £11.00

    The Marqués was more than aware any child he sired would have to live up to his name. He also understood that wa...
  • Philippe Guidon Brut NV Champagne

    Philippe Guidon Brut NV Champagne

    £22.00

    £22.00

    ***Commended at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** Of all the lesser-known, under-heralded Champagnes t...

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