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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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  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    £30.00

    £30.00

    Fresh, fruity with notes of Brioche and apples, amazing value for money from this top class Champagne producer!
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    £44.00

    £44.00

    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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  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    £44.00

    £44.00

    A casual glance down the list of prominent Champagne names will, before long, reveal Laurent-Perrier as one of the le...
  • Cami de Flors Brut Organic Cava NV

    Cami de Flors Brut Organic Cava NV

    £14.00

    £14.00

    We like to think of Cava as the Matthew McConaughey of sparkling wines. No one really took it seriously during the 90s, ...
  • Resso Cava Brut Nature NV

    Resso Cava Brut Nature NV

    £12.00

    £12.00

    The name of this wine Ressò, meaning echo in English, is perhaps a reference to the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, a...
  • Cremant De Loire Chateau Mauny Brut 2016

    Crémant De Loire Château Mauny Brut 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    This crisp and fruity sparkling wine is a great alternative to Champagne. Pale yellow with golden hints, it expresses th...
  • Crémant D'Alsace Paul Mittnacht

    Crémant D'Alsace Paul Mittnacht

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Paul Mittnacht could’ve been anything he put his mind to. A great sportsman he might have played football for his loca...
  • 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...
  • Cami de Flors Organic Cava Rosé NV

    Cami de Flors Organic Cava Rosé NV

    £12.50

    £12.50

    We’ve been informed by Iberian meteorologists that “the rain in Spain falls mostly on the plain.” We know there’...
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    £45.00

    £45.00

    In the same way that, in the natural world, many animals are drawn to the mate with the most colourful foliage/colour...
  • 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 ...
  • Taittinger Rosé Non Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger Rosé NV Champagne

    £49.00

    £49.00

    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...
  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne Magnum

    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...
  • 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...
  • MM Cava Reserva de Familia 2012 Spanish Sparkling Wine

    MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2013

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Bringing a descendant into the world is a great responsibility. Particularly when they'll have a name to live up to. ...
  • MM Cava Rosé Reserva de la Famlia 2014

    MM Reserva Vintage Brut Rosé Cava 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    The Marqués was more than aware any child he sired would have to live up to his name. He also understood that wa...
  • Vintage Champagne Gift Set

    Vintage Champagne - Gift Set

    As low as: £2.00

    An always reliable, always remarkable vintage from the experts at Taittinger. Possibly the best value item on the pag...
  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut Gift Set

    Veuve Clicquot - Gift Set

    As low as: £47.00

    It's no coincidence that in the same way that Veuve Cliquot's label sets it apart from all other Champagne, this very...
  • 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 Ca' Rosa Gift Set

    Prosecco - Gift Set

    As low as: £14.00

    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...
  • Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2008
    'My tastes are simple. I am easily satisfied with the best!' is one of the many erudite witticisms for Sir Winston Ch...
  • 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...
  • A Festive Pair

    It's a New World - Gift Set

    As low as: £27.50

    "It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life and we're feeling good!" Thanks Ms Simone, we'll take it from here; th...
  • Valhondo Cava NV Sparkling Wine

    Valhondo Cava NV

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Since the Great British Bake Off's rise to TV supremacy, like a quaint, mild-mannered Alexander the Great, the UK has...
  • Bougrier Sparkling Vouvray NV

    Bougrier Sparkling Vouvray NV

    £13.75

    £13.75

    It's a terrible shame, when someone is underrated because of the flair of a peer. Often it is totally unjustified, li...

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