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Champagne & Sparkling Wines

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


    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


    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


    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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