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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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  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Now £34.00

    Was £43.00

    £34.00

    The consistent class and finesse of this rich and complex Champagne makes it quite a standard bearer.
  • Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Now £29.00

    Was £39.00

    £29.00

    Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds of the Champagne world...
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    Now £35.00

    Was £44.00

    £35.00

    The label correctly signifies the brilliance within: rich yet dry, mousse-y yet elegant, yeasty yet citrusy, it’s one healthy animal.
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    Now £33.00

    Was £43.00

    £33.00

    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.

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  1. Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature NV Cava

    Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature NV Cava

    Now £10.50

    Was £11.00

    £10.50

    Codorniu has an impressive 500 year history and is still, amazingly, a family-run enterprise. The Codorníus were the first Spaniards to use Champagne's 'traditional' method of production, which ensures extraordinary quality, and also lobbied DO Cava to allow the use of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

    As such "Anna" was the first cava to be made using Chardonnay and there is something very Champagne-like about this premium cava. You'll find bright aromas of tropical fruit and a soft well-balanced and refreshing palate, with elegant citrus notes and fine, persistent bubbles.

    If this is what history tastes like, then we'll be, er, eating more history.

  2. Antoine Remy Champagne Non Vintage AOC

    Antoine Remy NV Champagne

    Now £22.00

    Was £27.00

    £22.00

    This boutique and thoroughly modern Champagne is proof that it's possible to invest in the future and still have fun now. Bernard Remy bought his first vineyard in 1968; it has gradually grown to about the size of ten football pitches and has been passed on to his son Rudy.

    Rudy makes this new zippy, limey and floral Champagne exclusively for Oddbins under his son's name because he sees this wine as their future and Antoine as the heir to the throne. So with each sip you enjoy you will be investing in little Antoine's future.

  3. Antoine Remy Rosé Champagne Non Vintage AOC

    Antoine Remy Rosé NV Champagne

    Now £25.00

    Was £30.00

    £25.00

    What's in a name? This Champagne does not have a famous name, which means that you aren't paying for PR, advertising and celebrity endorsement, just a great fizz. But the name that this Oddbins exclusive Champagne bears is Antoine, meaning "highly praise-worthy". And it is. If it were possible to bottle elegance this is what it would taste like: raspberry sorbet, sakura and fresh cream. So watch this one because we think its fame will grow exponentially and soon everyone will know the name Antoine Remy.

  4. 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, when a Frenchman named Edmond rode into town.

    With a Gallic flourish he bet his life's savings on a three-legged albino rat called Roger. Quite to the locals' dismay, the rank outsider romped home and Edmond left the town bankrupt. Returning to France, he set up a Champagne house with his winnings, dedicated to the Best Rat of Bellefontaine.

    The exquisite Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs is a celebration of Roger's snow white fur and finesse. Some of this is not true.

  5. 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 Besserat to produce a champagne that could be drunk throughout a meal. Victor created his Cuvée des Moines, and duly won the bet, and the contract.

    Crisp, delicate and fine bubbled but with real character, complexity and subtle depths of flavour, this is a champagne that not only stands up to food, but will step up to the mark for any fizz related challenge you care to throw at it. Bring it on!

  6. 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 sunset. Together with a hint of wild strawberries on the nose, it suggests a pink fizz that's just a little out of the ordinary, something more of the bold and reckless kind of romantic than the luv hearts and puppy dogs kind. Something a little bit wild, a little bit fresh, but kinda sweet at heart...

  7. 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 when bewildered by bulked up bills or besotted by beautiful brilliance.

    Made by grand master wine makering booze boffins Bichot. Delicate blossom, bursting with minerality and bountiful mousse. Believe in bright bubbles without having to be bank rolled by the Bahamas.

  8. Bollinger La Grande Annee 2007 Vintage Champagne

    Bollinger La Grande Annee Champagne 2007

    Now £75.00

    Was £90.00

    £75.00

    *Throws down red carpet, puts a cigar in your mouth and takes you by the arm* Why hello! You look like you want to make some waves, or perhaps doing some serious wooing. Well step this way, cara mia, for this is the one you are looking for; its dazzling rose and gold ochre hue, its virtuoso performance of exotic spices, toast, rhubarb and stone fruit and its never ending, dazzlingly minerally finish will sweep that special someone so completely off their feet you'll have to catch them, serendipitously, in your arms. Oh, the romance...

  9. Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Champagne

    Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne

    Now £37.00

    Was £47.00

    £37.00

    "I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it-unless I'm thirsty." So said Lilly Bollinger, the great granddaughter-in-law of House of Bollinger founder Jacques Joseph, and head of the (still now, as then) family firm from 1941-77.

    We haven't much to add to that, beyond saying that its toasty, rounded complex palate is beyond compare. Oh and we should probably issue a statutory reminder to enjoy your Bolly responsibly...

  10. 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 liquid so toasty, rounded and complex a standard size simply wouldn't be enough!

    "I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it-unless I'm thirsty." Wise words said by Lilly Bollinger, the great granddaughter-in-law of House of Bollinger founder Jacques Joseph, and head of the family firm from 1941-77.*

    *We should probably issue a statutory reminder to enjoy your bottle of Bolly responsibly...

  11. Bubbles Champagne Gift Set

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    Bubbles - Gift Set

    As low as: £9.25

    Cava is still underrated and in many cases under-priced. Made according to the Traditional Method (the same method as used in Champagne) which is a painstaking and labour intensive process, quality is guaranteed. Always reliable and often extraordinary, cava always goes down well.

  12. 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 around to purchase blooms to woo their paramour (or apologise for some misdemeanour). So often did Zamboni's flowers turn unrequited love into a blossoming relationship that customers came from farther and farther afield. And thereby lay the problem. Nature has its limits. And some came so far the blooms wilted by the time they got them home.

    Inevitably, people began to question the quality of Zamboni's roses, and he quickly recognised something had to be done. He set about making a sparkling 'pink' wine, as elegant as the flowers themselves, and with a finish as lingering and soft as adoration. We suggest you drink it from a vase.

  13. 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 this to be a reference to how this elegant Champagne conquered the UK.

    The people of Ludes, near Reims, deposited an enormous wooden Trojan-duck at customs in Folkestone. The duck was filled to the brim with Champagne bottles, and when local customs officers wheeled it in, the trap door sprung open and bottles flew out, making their way up the M20 towards London.

    The rest is history. However, our understanding may not be historically factual.

  14. Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, we trust this to be a reference to how this exquisite Champagne vanquished the UK.

    The general population of Ludes, close Reims, kept a huge wooden Trojan-duck at traditions in Folkestone. The duck was filled to the overflow with Champagne bottles, and when neighborhood traditions officers wheeled it in, the trap entryway sprung open and jugs flew out, advancing up the M20 towards London. The rest is history.

    In any case, our comprehension may not be truly genuine.

  15. 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, we trust this to be a reference to how this exquisite Champagne vanquished the UK.

    The general population of Ludes, close Reims, kept a huge wooden Trojan-duck at traditions in Folkestone. The duck was filled to the overflow with Champagne bottles, and when neighborhood traditions officers wheeled it in, the trap entryway sprung open and jugs flew out, advancing up the M20 towards London. The rest is history.

    In any case, our comprehension may not be truly genuine.

  16. Canard-Duchene Rose NV

    Canard-Duchêne Rosé NV Champagne

    £30.00

    £30.00

    As with many of the best things in life, Canard-Duchêne began with love. It was love that drew barrel maker Victor Canard, and wine grower Leonie Duchêne together, way back in the 1800s and it was their shared love of Champagne that inspired them to their own House in the Montagne de Reims National Park in 1868. With the elegance and finesse typical of the House, this rosé is charmingly fresh, bursting with vibrant pomegranate and strawberry flavours. Merci amour.

  17. Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV Sparkling Wine

    Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV

    Now £7.75

    Was £8.50

    £7.75

    This bargain Cava offers proof that Spanish fizz at this price isn't just a cheap alternative to Champagne, but can be a fine, elegant and joyous wine in its own right.

    With crisp fresh apple and pear fruit flavours, backed up by toasty, nutty notes, and bubbles that go on, and on, and on some more, if you're catering an event with interminable toasts, and you want to be sure that your fizz isn't flat by the end of the speeches, then Condesa Blanca is the fizz for you. It's the Cava that keeps on giving...

  18. Château de l'Aulée Crémant de Loire 'Cuvée Jeanne d'Arc' Sparkling Wine

    Château de l'Aulée Crémant de Loire 'Cuvée Jeanne d'Arc' NV

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Cuvée Jeanne d'Arc is named after the vineyard where the Chenin Blanc grapes are grown and where Ms Arc is said to have rested, en route to meet the King-to-be, Charles VII, at nearby Chinon.

    It is also made by the former winemaker of Champagne Houses including Bollinger. With a pedigree like that you'd be expecting something special and, by gum, you've got it.

    Jeanne d'Arc tastes like the freshly pressed juice of russet apples, with an exhilarating sherbet streak. Bet she never thought she'd hear that.

  19. Champagne - Gift Set

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    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 - receiving a steady stream of compliments. Such unanimous approval has got to mean something, and that something is a standard of winemaking that would not disgrace one of the big names in Champagne.

  20. Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2008 Vintage Chardonnay

    Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2008 Vintage Champagne

    £55.00

    £55.00

    2008 was a mixed year in Europe. The Bank of England was forced to bail out Northern Rock, marking the start of a few monetary 'issues'; Lily Allen introduced acerbic wit into an otherwise predictable pop chart; and the busy bees at Champagne Ayala produced the gorgeous Blanc de Blancs Champagne you see before you. With laser-precision fruit and low 'dosage' (added sugar solution), even after six years ageing in Ayala's cellars, it maintains the Chardonnay grape's lemon freshness, spring blossom and beautiful levity.

  21. Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV Champagne

    Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV

    £30.00

    £30.00

    Like Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington, Champagne Ayala isn't such a household name these days but, dust off the family photo album and you'll find that it was all the rage in 1920s England. In fact it's questionable that the twenties would have roared at all without Ayala, as it was so popular it even became the official supplier to the royal courts of England. Us Brits adored its drier House style and it remains known today throughout the world for its fresh and elegant wines, like Brut Majeur, which combines delicate minerality with precision of fruit and a charmingly long finish.

  22. 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 strawberries make this rosé Champagne as close to a Moroccan rose garden at dusk, as it's possible to get. Just add a few wisps of shisha smoke, drifting over from the corner, where some elderly gentlemen ponder over a leisurely of chess, and you've pretty much conjured the tastes going on in this mesmeric, gentle and perfumed Champagne.

  23. Champagne Compliments Gift Set

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    Champagne Compliments Gift Set

    As low as: £49.60

    A pair of excellent champagnes that dont have a famous name, which means that you aren't paying for PR, advertising and celebrity endorsement, just a great fizz. Excellent value gift for a loved one.

  24. Champagne Drappier Millésimé Exception France

    Champagne Drappier Millésimé Exception 2012

    Now £30.00

    Was £35.00

    £30.00

    You know when you find something in the sale that fits you like a glove, is marvellously flattering and a total bargain? Well, this is the Champagne equivalent: marvellously scrumptious, unexpectedly striking and at a totally brilliant price.

    Like biting into a freshly baked cinnamon and raisin bun, but with more savoury, spicy notes and a clean acidity that makes it refreshing as well as warmly comforting. Needless to say, it's been a firm staff favourite for quite a wee while.

  25. 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 Champagne.

    A family 'grower' House (i.e. they make wine from their own grapes), Drappier have decided to depart from the classic Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and explore the forgotten, historic varieties of Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Blanc Vrai. Using 25% each of these varieties, with the last 25% being Chardonnay, Drappier have created a fine and rare Champagne.

    It is magically elegant, with fresh aromas of white grapes and lemon peel evolving into honeyed apples and figs. A chiselled, mineral finish really puts the feather in Quattuor's cap. You need this Champagne in your life.

  26. 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 wrong with a celebration of life for life itself? It only becomes vulgar when the only people who can afford it are bankers, oligarchs and Premier league footballers...

    So three cheers for Philippe Guidon - with this beautifully crisp and fresh, fruity but elegant fizz, you can live for the moment without breaking the bank.

  27. 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 but without the sweet 'dosage' added after fermentation, what you experience here is pure, candid (but not candied...) fruit. Mandarin, lemon rind and beeswax are served up in exhilarating simplicity that leaves you wondering what all the fuss is about sugar anyway...

  28. Crémant de Bourgogne 'Blanc de Blancs' Cave de Lugny NV

    Crémant de Bourgogne 'Blanc de Blancs' Cave de Lugny NV

    £14.75

    £14.75

    If you're one of those for whom the presentation value and the a-la-Francaise element of a Champagne are essential but like many of us can't dispense with the extra price premium, then this affordable Champagne-a-like might just get your favour. (This is far and away more amiable and drinkable on a Wednesday afternoon anyway).

    With the looks, both in bottle and out, once the party's in full swing, you really will be holding a glass of the real thing!

  29. Cremant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont Millesime 2013

    Crémant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont 2013

    £23.00

    £23.00

    It's well known the French were great pioneers of "human-carrying flight technology". However, it's less well known that the first hot air balloon, launched in 1783, carried a sheep, a duck and a rooster. And even less well known that while others experimented with hot air, Samuel Delafont investigated CO2 gas.

    He was convinced the way to reach the sky was to direct bubbles from fermented grape juice into a silk balloon, thereby inflating it enough to lift from the ground. He studied tirelessly, his workshop infused with scents of flowers and citrus, producing effervescing vats brimming with energy and finesse. But it just wouldn't quite work. Happily, taking a generous draught of the liquid had the surrogate effect of lifting the spirit and letting the mind soar. His work wasn't wasted after all!

  30. 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 bread still looks like a beetroot most of the time...

    Oh, that Queen Victoria? Well, yes, she was a model of composition on the whole, helped perhaps by this wonderfully aromatic fizz which combines the fresh elegance of Chardonnay with the body and richness of Pinot Noir.

    Elegance, finesse, delicacy and style are all things you can find in great quantity in this long-established, beautiful Champagne. And just occasionally in Walford too!

  31. Dom Perignon - Gift Set

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    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 Pérignon only makes vintage champagne. Even more so because DP is only produced in years where the grape harvest will deliver something outstanding. A grand total of 38 years in the last 91. No wonder it’s been the favourite champagne of Marilyn Monroe, James Bond and countless other figures of renown, real and fictional. Glamour, tradition and elegance all wrapped up in that fabulously stylish bottle. Not to mention the definitively wonderful champagne.

  32. 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 they only make vintage champagne. It is also because DP is only produced in years where the grape harvest will deliver something outstanding, which means that only roughly half of the past 100 or so vintages have been declared.

    No wonder it’s been a favourite of Marilyn Monroe, James Bond and countless other figures of repute… real and fictional. With its flavours of delicate marzipan and cocoa, finessed peach and white apricot and, finally, decadent, spicy notes that go on and on, you, like Dom Pérignon, may just exclaim ‘come quickly – I am tasting the stars’!

  33. 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 only producing vintage Champagne. It is also because it is produced only in exceptional years where the grape harvest will provide something exceptional, which means that only approximately half of the previous 100 or so vintages have been declared.

    No wonder it’s been a favourite of Marilyn Monroe, Claudia Schiffer and countless other figures of repute… real and fictitious. Bold, rich and beautifully resonant flavours of seductive red fruits, hints of citrus and lavish spicy notes, that go on and on, you, like Dom Pérignon, may just exclaim ‘come quickly – I am tasting the stars’!

  34. 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 earthy aromas, right? Not necessarily...

    Luckily, the brainboxes at Drappier know that when you remove the skin, Pinot Noir grapes help to create ludicrously rich, aromatic and elegant champagnes. The Cuvée Saint-Georges, for example, uses a high proportion of it to offer fine yet rich aromas of stone fruits and white peaches. A lending hand from Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier gives this bubbling beauty a deliciously complex palate with hints of spice and notes of quince jelly.

    Forget what you think you know about that little red grape and open your taste buds to this exclusive and sensational champagne. Cheers!

  35. Drappier Grande Sendree 2008 Vintage Champagne

    Drappier Grande Sendrée 2008 Champagne

    £54.00

    £54.00

    There may have been a bit of a blunder with the spelling of the land the Drappier Grande Sendrée is named after, but that's the only fault we can find.

    This ravishing pale yellow champagne is deeply complex. Hawthorn and acacia honey blend on the nose with beeswax and marzipan. Murmurs quince jelly and raspberry jam are in alteration with bergamont and warm brioche. Caressing your taste buds are balanced flavours of wild strawberry jam and ripe blood orange from the bead of the wine. This invigorating palate is harmonised with a delicate minerality and bitterness where hints of mandarin oranges come to light.

    We don't care whether you spell it with an "S" or a "C", but trust us when we say you don't want to miss out on this 2008 vintage of Grand Sendrée!

  36. 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, only without the outlaw element. Or the robberies. Or the shooting. Basically like a friendly, law-abiding Bonnie and Clyde. Why? Because she represents all that is fantastic about tiny-production and is a champion of the obscure and that is right up our street. This Blanc de Blancs (meaning that it's a sparkler made from all white grape varieties) uses indigenous varieties Maria Gomes, Bical and Arinto and is bone dry, with a fragrant lemon fresh zing. With wines this good, there's just no need for bank robberies.

  37. Follador Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Sparkling Wine

    Follador Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry 2015

    £17.00

    £17.00

    You have to be careful when you describe just how good this new Prosecco is. People will assume you're exaggerating. First, there's its alluring colour - in the glass a silvery-grey glint of precious stone.

    Then there's the taste: a hard-to-describe magical balance between dryness and the subtle fruit of late-picked Bramley apples. You'll see what we mean when you try it; not just Prosecco, this is super-charged-Prosecco.

  38. Golden Goodness Champagne Gift Set

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    Golden Goodness Champagne Gift Set

    £45.00

    This is the one to buy when your Mum has gone above and beyond the duties of Mummydom. She may have stayed on the phone to you until 2am whilst you had a crisis about Brian or Tiff or whoever; she may have stepped into the breach every time the babysitter cancelled. But whatever your Mum has done, she’s done it because she loves you: show her you love her right back with this sophisticated, rich, satisfaction-guaranteed Champagne.

  39. 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, boy, are they thriving in Kent.

    Yes the 'Garden of England', with its warm summers, tempered by the cooling North Sea breeze seems to agree very well indeed with these Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier cultivars, resulting in wines like this incredibly popular, lemony, nutty, toffee apple-esque corker. Channel hopping never tasted so good.

  40. 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 the sleepy home to Gusbourne Estate in rural Kent. However, this fizz tastes so good that you may be forgiven for thinking that sorcery has been involved in its production.

    The vines were pinched from Champagne, but the result is very British. With a hue as delicate as an English rose, this is packed with gently spiced biscuits, shortcake, strawberries, cream, red apples and charm. Watch out for Gollum, this is exceedingly precious.

  41. 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 for you, but what you can do for your Champagne. How best can you set off its hazelnut, lemon and fig charms? How might you complement its subtle, diffuse mousse?

    What canapés might you serve with it and to whom should you serve it to? These are big questions, and this is a big Champagne. In fact, the only thing that isn't big about it is the price.

  42. 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 genius on a University Challenge team in need of a point-boost to see them through the final furlong. Our staff love it, you love it, we love it… oh, wait, have we said that?

    Mellow, rounded, sumptuous, biscuity, balanced, lemony and complex style of Champagne, this one just doesn’t have any down sides, and that includes the price. It exemplifies the reason Oddbins champions small Champagne houses and, basically, makes us smile.

  43. 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 party with some fancy pants people or, alternatively, someone whom you fancy the pants off, you can't deny the ridiculous glamour of having a Champagne on the table in shiny gold packaging.

    Anyway, once you've opened it, you can expect a rollicking good ride of toasted hazelnuts, brioche and Braeburn apples. Yum.

  44. 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 subdued glamour that makes us want to adorn ourselves with it, eat from it and tell the time by it.

    In this case, marvelously, you can also drink it. And instead of being noxious and metallic, it's actually a supremely well balanced, fresh Champagne, laden with flavours of orchard fruits and freshly sliced vanilla pods.

  45. Grüner Veltliner Sekt Sparkling Wine

    Huber Grüner Veltliner Sekt 2014

    £18.50

    £18.50

    If you turn up at most people's houses with a bottle Grüner Veltliner, they'll probably look excited and will say 'Ooh, sounds exotic!!' to which you'll smoothly say 'It's Austrian darling. Not a very well-known grape variety. Oodles of zingy orchard fruit,' and they will be suitably impressed.

    If you turn up with a limited-supply, sparkling Grüner Veltliner, they'll look really excited and say 'Oh, you shouldn't have!' to which you'll say 'Yah. It's a limited supply sparkling Grüner Veltliner. Pretty rare. Delicious.' You may want to tone down the nonchalance a little if you actually want to be let through the door.

  46. 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 everyone is laid back in that idiosyncratically Australian way.

    They don't call their winemaking method champenoise, but Tasmanoise. And the best bit? The wine is out of this world, with flavours of lemon, honeysuckle and toasted hazelnuts, at a very real-worldly price.

  47. 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, any time you feel like doing a cartwheel for the sheer joy of it, or any time you feel like jumping like a springbok into the nearest river.

    Why? Because this is such a joyful wine. It is deliciously soft and gentle, full of wild strawberries and clotted cream, with a poised acidity that will make you go and jump in the river all over again.

  48. Jansz Vintage Cuvee Sparkling Wine

    Jansz Vintage Cuvée Sparkling Wine

    £26.00

    £26.00

    Jansz vineyard hand harvests seperately, keeping the fruit in individual batches. Each batch is then handled gently and fermented in select barrels.

    This vintage cuvée is a pale gold in colour, boasting scents of lemon curd, white flowers and fresh cream. Flavours of rose petals and candied lemon peel shine through on the palate, alongside roasted hazelnut and cashews showcasing its power and elegance.

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