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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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  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    Now £20.00

    Was £29.00

    £20.00

    Fresh, fruity with notes of Brioche and apples, amazing value for money from this top class Champagne producer!
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

    Now £49.00

    Was £62.00

    £49.00

    Made from 100% Pinot Noir this undoubted darling of the pink Champagnes has delicate red fruits and a soft, positively creamy finish.
  • Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Now £30.00

    Was £39.00

    £30.00

    Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds of the Champagne world...

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  • 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 Victor ...
  • Best of British - Gift Set

    Best of British - Gift Set

    As low as: £36.35

    What better way to show off your patriotism than with two beautiful English-born wines? This duo offers an award winning...
  • 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 Victor...
  • Champagne - Gift Set

    Champagne - Gift Set

    As low as: £23.50

    Of all the lesser-known, under-heralded Champagnes this is the one that stands out by a mile for value for money - recei...
  • 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? What's...
  • 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 but l...
  • Drappier Grande Sendree 2008 Vintage Champagne

    Drappier Grande Sendrée 2008 Champagne

    Now £49.00

    Was £54.00

    £49.00

    There may have been a bit of a blunder with the spelling of the land the Drappier Grande Sendrée is named after, bu...
  • Filipa Pato '3B' Blanc de Blancs' 2013

    Filipa Pato '3B' Blanc de Blancs' 2013

    £15.00

    £15.00

    We feel a strong kinship with Filipa Pato. We imagine ourselves as having a kind of Bonnie and Clyde-type relationship, ...
  • 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 and s...
  • 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 Ambulan...
  • Lanson Black Label NV Gift set

    Lanson Black Label NV Gift set

    As low as: £30.50

    With consistency of production that would impress even the Germans, Lanson Black Label is a flipping reliable Champagne....
  • Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne

    £43.00

    £43.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** A casual glance down the list of the prominent names of ...
  • Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV - Magnum

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV - Magnum

    £138.00

    £138.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** Laurent-Perrier Rosé is not so much a Champagne a...
  • Luis Pato Maria Gomes Metodo Antigo NV White Wine

    Luis Pato Maria Gomes Metodo Antigo NV

    £17.00

    £17.00

    This sparkler is a curious and wonderful thing. It is made using an ancient 'Rural' Method in which, unusually, the wine...
  • 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 th...
  • 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 'Doge...
  • Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Now £30.00

    Was £39.00

    £30.00

    Classic Champagne. And a no-risk, fail-safe guarantee of good order. Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds and might as...
  • 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 wa...
  • The Taittinger Masterclass - Gift Set
    Between you and us, this is our favourite gift. Partly because Taittinger, and especially vintage Taittinger, is unutter...
  • Torre Oria Cava Reserva NV

    Torre Oria Cava Reserva NV

    £10.50

    £10.50

    This top selling fizz is the more rounded of our Cavas and, is not quite as dry-seeming as the others in the range. This...

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