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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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  1. 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 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

    £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 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

    £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 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 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, 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. Best Of British Wine Double Gift Set

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    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 sparkling and a brilliantly British Bacchus from the Lyme Bay winery in the picturesque county of Devon...

  6. 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...

  7. Bubbles Champagne Gift Set

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    Bubbles - Gift Set

    As low as: £10.00

    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.

  8. Ca Rosa 'Pink' Spumante NV Rose Vegetarian 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV Sparkling Wine

    Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV

    £8.50

    £8.50

    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...

  12. Chambord Royale - Prosecco Gift Set

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    Chambord Royale - Prosecco Gift Set

    As low as: £39.60

    Add a touch of pink to your Prosecco with this classic cocktail gift, perfect to enjoy on a night with friends or for a special celebration.

  13. 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.

  14. Champagne Compliments Gift Set

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    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 and celebrity endorsement, just a great fizz. Excellent value gift for a loved one.

  15. 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.

  16. 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? 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.

  17. 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 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...

  18. 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!

  19. Cremant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont Millesime 2013

    Crémant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont 2013

    Now £19.50

    Was £23.00

    £19.50

    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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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 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’!

  22. 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’!

  23. 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 of sparkling wine. That's got to be one of the greatest contributions a monk has made to the secular world. He certainly did more than that Friar Huberd in The Canterbury Tales, didn't he live in a cupboard or something? O wait, no, that's a salty sailor's limerick that shouldn't be shared in polite company. Throughout his life, Dom Thierry Ruinart would visit his brother at his home in Champagne and relayed his conviction that 'vin de mousse' had a promising future.

    In 1729, twenty years after the death of Dom Ruinart, Nicolas Ruinart, Dom Ruinart's nephew, founded the first Champagne House, Maison Ruinart, and forever ingrained his uncle's name and the house in the history books. With an elegant toasted aroma, balanced with fresh floral notes and succulent stone fruit flavours, Dom Ruinart vintage champagne is a monument to the great man's prestigious legacy.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve

    Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Jansz Rose Sparkling Wine Gift Set

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    Jansz Rosé - Gift Set

    As low as: £19.50

    This staggering Tasmanian rosé is one of the very best sparklers in the Oddbins range - and that's counting Champagne. Handmade by a lady who likes to tend each vine individually according to its precise needs, everything about this beautiful glimmers with rose tinted quality.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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's daughter demanded John's head on a salver after dancing for her father - he being pleased enough to offer anything she wanted in return - Herod was horrified. 'Why on a plate?' he thought.

    Fearing his little girl wanted to consume the bonce, he had his chefs build a fake head. Pork and chicken skin. Quails eggs for eyes... surely the ruse would be obvious. However, the 'head' was served with a mesmerising champagne, the sheer distraction of which took the girl's attention from what was really on the plate. Interestingly, the bubbles went beautifully with the nibbles too.

  34. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé with 2 Flutes

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé with 2 Flutes

    £72.00

    £72.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    A 75cl bottle of Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rosé Champagne, accompanied by two Laurent Perrier branded flutes, presented in a beautiful gift box makes for an ideal present.

    Laurent-Perrier Rosé is not so much a Champagne as an adored institution. The delightfully squat, curvaceous bottle has something to do with its charm, admittedly, but it is, of course, the juice inside that has led to such acclaim.

    Made with 100% Pinot Noir, Laurent-Perrier Rosé has a soft, dreamy texture and a ripe, almost baked strawberry and a vanilla-laced cream that are make this libation quite, quite magical. It's not sweet though - oh no - this is beautiful Brut is sweet enough...

  35. Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne - Gift

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    Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut NV - Gift

    As low as: £52.00

    Laurent Perrier's Ultra Brut is a "zero dosage" champagne, meaning that no sugar is added at the end of the fermentation process. It might surprise you to learn that this is unusual, but it is. Does it mean that Ultra Brut's a zero calorie, guilt free way of consuming the world's favourite celebratory tipple. Hmm, probably not. On the other hand does it mean that it's a super dry, super crisp, superstylish, just plain super glass of fizz? It certainly does. Ultra, indeed.

  36. 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 fermentation process. It might surprise you to learn that this is unusual, but it is.

    Does it mean that Ultra Brut's a zero calorie, guilt free way of consuming the world's favourite celebratory tipple. Hmm, probably not.

    On the other hand does it mean that it's a super dry, super crisp, superstylish, just plain super glass of fizz? It certainly does. Ultra, indeed.

  37. Loimer Sparkling Extra Brut NV Vegan and Vegetarian White Wine

    Loimer Sparkling Extra Brut NV

    £21.00

    £21.00

    When you think of sparkling wine grapes, you might automatically gravitate to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the classic Champagne varietals. Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt might not be the first grapes you'd think of, even though they make up 75% of this delicious fizz grown in Gumpoldskirchen in Austria. Which might not be the first place you'd think of either.

    Cultivated biodynamically - as you might not expect - it has apple and citrus flavours from the Grüner and rich, creamy brioche touches from the red grapes. And the other 25%? Pinot Noir, of course. What are we, weird or something?

  38. Luis Pato Maria Gomes Metodo Antigo NV Vegetarian White Wine

    Luis Pato Maria Gomes Metodo Antigo NV

    Now £14.45

    Was £17.00

    £14.45

    This sparkler is a curious and wonderful thing. It is made using an ancient 'Rural' Method in which, unusually, the wine only undergoes fermentation once, using only naturally occurring sugars.

    If you are slightly bored and confused by this and care not for the methods used, let us tell you that it is made by Luis Pato, the Baron of the Bairrada and one of the most renowned producers in Portugal, who calls it his 'take on Prosecco'.

    If you're now muttering 'meh' at your screen because you don't give a monkeys about famous producers, let us simply say that it is an elegant and focused wine with generous mousse and aromas of white flowers and citrus. Does that do it?

  39. Lyme Bay Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine

    Lyme Bay Brut Reserve 2013 Sparkling Wine

    £19.75

    £19.75

    A heavily fruit driven sparkling wine unveiling refreshing notes of apple and lemon, with vibrance and creamy mousse. A delicate pale lemon in colour, contrasted by excellent depth of flavour and tantalising acidity and depth. Well balanced sparkling wine giving way to red fruit and toast flavours.

  40. Lyme Bay Sparkling Brut Rosé 2014 English Sparkling Wine

    Lyme Bay Sparkling Brut Rosé 2014

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Given finding them usually involves whacking a rock with a hammer, it's a miracle any fossils remain intact. Especially delicate ones, like the echinoderms and crinoids. Then they have to be carefully cleaned, too.

    With this in mind, a group of paleontologists based near Devon's Jurassic coast developed a preparation that would help. It took years, but finally they had it. A liquid with just enough acidity to break down excess rock, and a playful little fizz to lift the particles, leaving the specimen perfectly exposed. Needless to say, a celebration ensued. Actually, with such aplomb things got a little fuzzy. It was only after the toast was offered and glasses drained they realised they'd drunk the special mixture. Happily, being grape-based, no ill effects were suffered. On the contrary, they use it less and less for cleaning fossils now...

  41. MM Cava Reserva de Familia 2012 Spanish Sparkling Wine

    MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2012

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Bringing a descendant into the world is a great responsibility. Particularly when they'll have a name to live up to. The pressure was really on the Marqués then, when he announced he'd found a bride, and married shortly after. The court waited with baited breath.

    Not taking any chances, he asked one of his advisors how to ensure his offspring would be of the right calibre. The advice: to drink a wine with the character he'd want in his child, before retiring to bed each night. In the event he was blessed with a son, the Marqués commissioned a cava laced with dry humour and sharpness of wit. He was slightly concerned about the hint of nuts, but then it was compelling. Nobody wants to be boring, after all.

  42. MM Cava Rosé Reserva de la Famlia 2013

    MM Reserva Vintage Brut Rosé Cava 2013

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The Marqués was more than aware any child he sired would have to live up to his name. He also understood that was quite a burden. If there was something he could do to determine the character of a yet-to-be child, then he should do it.

    The advice was to drink a wine with the character he'd want in his child, before retiring to bed each night. In the event he was blessed with a daughter, the Marqués commissioned a rose cava. Delicate and light, but shot through with a persistent energy and fizz. A better balance he couldn't imagine.

  43. 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 circle of friends, with lots of conversation of the slightly louder variety. Made for the close-at-hand ice bucket,...in the back of a limousine, would be perfect,...on the way to a nightclub, even better,...on a Saturday night, better still again,...Moët is likely to be on hand for many such scenarios as that's the Champagne it is. Fun, fresh, lively with good depth and a nice vanilla note to finish.

  44. 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 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.

    This is most certainly on the dry end; understated, crisp and classic. When the occasion calls for Champagne but you've already spent all your cash on the tickets, turn to Guidon!

  45. Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Fleuron Premier Cru Champagne 2009

    Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Fleuron Premier Cru Champagne 2009

    £42.00

    £42.00

    Often described as artisanal winemaking, Grower Champagnes are made by independent Champagne Houses from grapes that they grow in their own vineyards. This all-encompassing method of Champagne-making allows the winemaker to truly understand the relationship between the grape and the terroir.

    Pierre Gimonnet et Fils only grow Chardonnay in their three vineyards and in this vintage Champagne you can taste the character of all three of; a rich full palate gives way to flavours of peach and fresh green apples which finishes with a zip of bright acidity.

    To bring together all of these flavours in harmony takes real skill and, luckily, this is something that the Gimmonet team have in abundance.

  46. Pink Delight - Sparkling Rosé and Chocolate Gift Set

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    Pink Delight - Sparkling Rosé and Chocolate Gift Set

    £26.00

    We're as big a fan of prosecco as the next person, but we also enjoy a drop of pink fizz every now and then too! We've put Ca'Rosa Pink Spumante together with Montezuma's truffles to make a delightful gift that is perfect for anyone that loves a splash of pale pink rosé.

    Both 16 chocolate selections are vegetarian friendly, may contain traces of peanuts and sesame seeds and some chocolates contain alcohol. See individual products for detailed allergen information.

  47. 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 in the Côte des Blancs. The Blanc de Blancs, as with all the other Pol Roger wines, undergoes the traditional hand remuage (the turning of the bottles).

  48. 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 and finesse of this rich and complex standard bearer makes it very much the brand of choice for those in the know.

    Were you to present this bottle to discerning company: say a wine expert, an aristocrat, or the dear old Brigadier General, you're bound to be accepted as an esteemed guest. If not you should leave immediately, taking the bottle with you.

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