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Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Noël Coward reportedly asked “Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?” Well, maybe not every morning, Noël, but we certainly like it very much indeed. Who wouldn’t? Champagne is not only one of the most perfect drinks on the planet, but it is also probably one of the most perfect wine-making regions anywhere. We’re not talking about the weather, which can be a little bit too much like ours for our liking; we are talking about the symbiotic relationship of its producers.


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

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • Cremant De Loire Chateau Mauny Brut 2015

    Crémant De Loire Château Mauny Brut 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    This crisp and fruity sparkling wine is a great alternative to Champagne. Pale yellow with golden hints, it expresses th...
  • Sélection Belle Anneés Blanc de Blancs NV

    Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Sélection Belle Anneés NV

    Now £28.00

    Was £35.00

    £28.00

    Like so many world-renowned, luxury products, there are a lot of myths surrounding Champagne. For example, plenty of peo...
  • Prosecco Trevisana Extra Dry 2018

    Prosecco Trevisana Extra Dry 2018

    £11.00

    £11.00

    How can something be 'Extra Dry?' we hear you ask. After all, you don't jump out the shower and towel yourself down past...
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

    £62.00

    £62.00

    Laurent-Perrier Rosé is not so much a Champagne as an adored institution. The delightfully squat, curvaceous b...
  • Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Now £31.00

    Was £39.00

    £31.00

    Classic Champagne. And a no-risk, fail-safe guarantee of good order. Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds and might...
  • Taittinger Rosé Non Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger Rosé NV Champagne

    Now £39.00

    Was £49.00

    £39.00

    Taittinger's Rosé is a deep, ruby tinted pink. It's almost exactly the colour of quince jelly - and in the same...
  • 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 bu...
  • Polloni Spumante Prosecco Wine

    Polloni Spumante

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Whilst James Bond drinks Dom Perignon 1946, Inspector Clouseau probably drinks Polloni Spumante. If we compare James ...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne - Magnum

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne - Magnum

    £94.00

    £94.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • 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 ...
  • Settecento33 Spumante Brut NV

    Settecento33 Spumante Brut NV

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Ah! The 70s. When men were men, and moustaches were moustaches. Or faces were properly shaved. None of this modern, f...
  • Pol Roger 2012 Vintage Champagne

    Pol Roger 2012 Vintage Champagne

    £80.00

    £80.00

    One of the hardest things about being brilliant is the pressure to follow on with something equally impressive. Look ...
  • Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV

    Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve NV

    £55.00

    £55.00

    A subtle splash of red, in an otherwise black and white world can be powerfully poignant. Like the heart balloon that...
  • Pol Roger 2006 Champagne Magnum

    Pol Roger 2006 Champagne - Magnum

    £165.00

    £165.00

    MAGNUM SIZE The sense of triumph and exhilaration that the fine folk at Pol Roger must have felt when they rel...
  • Prosecco Ca'Rosa Sparkling Wine

    Prosecco Ca'Rosa

    £12.00

    £12.00

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz has become adored by Latin lovers for its soft ...
  • Summer Days - Wine and Crémant Gift Set
    Erect the gazebo on the patio, arrange the crudités, invite the friends round, put on the bikini and have Jeeves ser...
  • Prosecco Perlit Gift Set

    Prosecco - Gift Set

    As low as: £14.50

    Totally impossible to go wrong here. Prosecco is the nation's darling sparkler and this is our most loved Prosecco. E...
  • From Italy With Love - Triple Bottle Gift Set
    Italy practically invented love, so if you're floundering around, looking for inspiration, then look no further. The cou...
  • Prosecco Party - Mixed Case of 6 Sparkling Wines
    We feel the best celebrations are those that are spontaneous. Your sister bursts through the door with a big ol' rock on...
  • Tiny Bubbles - Exclusive Case of 6 Prosecco
    This rich and velvety prosecco is the perfect alternative to champagne. Whether you're celebrating or simply enjoying a ...
  • Prosecco Perlit Brut NV

    Prosecco Perlit Brut NV - *Web Exclusive*

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Made by one of Italy's most prestigious wine producers, Cantina di Soave, Prosecco Perlit is rich and velvety with seduc...

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