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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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  • Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature NV Cava Vegetarian Sparkling White Wine

    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 Vegetarian Champagne

    Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne

    £42.00

    £42.00

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  • 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

    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 Compliments Gift Set

    Champagne Compliments Gift Set

    As low as: £59.60

    A pair of excellent champagnes that dont have a famous name, which means that you aren't paying for PR, advertising a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cremant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont Millesime 2013

    Crémant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont 2013

    Now £19.50

    Was £23.00

    £19.50

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  • Dom Perignon - Gift Set

    Dom Pérignon - Gift Set

    As low as: £135.00

    Since 1921 Dom Pérignon has more or less defined the term 'vintage champagne', not least because Dom Pérign...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Rosé Sparkling Wine

    Gusbourne Sparkling Rosé 2012

    £35.00

    £35.00

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  • 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...
  • Jean Baptiste Alexandre Brut NV Champagne

    Jean Baptiste Alexandre Brut NV Champagne

    Now £25.00

    Was £30.00

    £25.00

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  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    £43.00

    £43.00

    A casual glance down the list of prominent Champagne names will, before long, reveal Laurent-Perrier as one of the le...
  • MM Cava Reserva de Familia 2012 Spanish Sparkling Wine

    MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2012

    £15.00

    £15.00

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  • 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 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Veuve-Cliquot-Yellow-Label-Magnum

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne - Magnum

    £89.00

    £89.00

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