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Noel Coward reportedly said “Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?”  We certainly do, and we think this is the best page on our website for the very reason that Champagne can be consumed morning, noon or night and it is always awesome...

Champagne is not only one of the most perfect drinks on the planet, but it is also probably one of the most perfect winemaking 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.

The big brands have built up an incredible reputation and respect. This has made Champagne one of the most famous and emulated wines on Earth. With their enormous wealth, these big houses are able to protect and promote the Champagne brand overseas, support smaller producers by buying their grapes and innovate by playing with fermentation in oak, zero dosage (very dry) styles, organic viticulture and food matching. It has also allowed them to set up wineries around the world, for example Louis Roederer set up Roederer Estate in America and Jansz in Tasmania, although they are only involved in the former today.

The smaller producers, like Drappier, H Blin and Antoine Remy, supply grapes to the bigger houses, but also make incredible wines themselves. These smaller and lesser known outfits spend less on PR, advertising and celebrity endorsement, as a result their wines offer incredible value for money to those in the know.

There are many rumours about the future of Champagne, some of the most interesting that we’ve heard are that Demi-Sec is set for a comeback and some of the bigger houses are toying with ways of showing on the label how long a wine has been aged for in the bottle.

That’s all from us, all you have to do now is decide what’s for breakfast.

Mr Bond, the bubbles tickle my…Tchaikovsky!

  • Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne

    Now £37.00

    Was £47.00

    £37.00

    "I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it-unless I'm thirsty." ~ Lilly Bollinger
  • Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Exclusive to Oddbins, Drappier's Cuvée Saint-Georges is a sensationally rich and elegant champagne with complex flavours.

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  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Jean Baptiste Alexandre Brut NV Champagne

    Jean Baptiste Alexandre Brut NV Champagne

    Now £25.00

    Was £30.00

    £25.00

    You might think you're familiar with the story of John the Baptist, but you probably don't know the truth. When Herod...
  • 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 ...
  • Champagne Philippe Guidon Brut Rosé NV

    Champagne Philippe Guidon Brut Rosé NV

    £27.00

    £27.00

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

    Champagne Tarlant Brut Nature Zero NV

    Now £32.00

    Was £37.00

    £32.00

    This is the Champagne that delivers 0% sugar and 100% flavour, baby! Made in the same way as Tarlant's Reserve Brut b...
  • Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs NV Vegetarian Champagne

    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,...
  • Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Fleuron Premier Cru Champagne 2009
    Often described as artisanal winemaking, Grower Champagnes are made by independent Champagne Houses from grapes that ...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    £43.00

    £43.00

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

    Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut NV Champagne

    £52.00

    £52.00

    Laurent-Perrier's Ultra Brut is a "zero dosage" champagne, meaning that no sugar is added at the end of the fermentat...
  • Champagne Drappier Quattuor Non Vintage

    Champagne Drappier Quattuor NV Champagne

    £52.00

    £52.00

    It is all we can do not to squeal with excitement and thump the desk as we write our thoughts on this totally unique ...
  • 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...
  • Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV - Magnum

    Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV - Magnum

    £82.00

    £82.00

    The ultimate groupies' Champagne, one can imagine this being enjoyed and passed around between members of a larger ci...
  • Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2009 vintage champagne

    Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £89.00

    £89.00

    The Blanc de Blancs is a speciality of the house, made from 100% Chardonnay sourced from Grand Cru vineyards, solely ...
  • Veuve-Cliquot-Yellow-Label-Magnum

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne - Magnum

    £89.00

    £89.00

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

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