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CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay is possibly the most flexible grape in the whole of the viticultural world. In fact, before Chardonnay matured, settling down in Burgundy and Champagne, it was a renowned French gymnast, pummel horsing its way across international wine competitions.

Chardonnay can be clean and citrusy or voluptuous and buttery and is of course legendary in sparkling wine. Usually found in Champagne blends, however it can appear as a single-varietal labelled as Blanc de Blancs. This style of Champagne is highly coveted and are some of the finest expressions of the region such as Dom Ruinart & Taittinger Comtes. Most Chardonnay in Champagne is grown in the Cote de Blanc with 95% of the plantings in this region being of Chardonnay. It is not exclusive to Champagne however Chardonnay appears in wonderful sparkling wine from Chile to Australia and can even be found flourishing on these fickle isles. It seems to help being flexible, if you’re an international jet setter… Suppose the leg room on planes isn’t such an issue.

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  • 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

    Now £22.00

    Was £30.00

    £22.00

    Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, w...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Henri Harlin NV Champagne

    Henri Harlin NV Champagne

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Meunier has a growing reputation among the Champagneophiles of the world. For some time, it was considered the least ...
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    Now £29.00

    Was £44.00

    £29.00

    A casual glance down the list of prominent Champagne names will, before long, reveal Laurent-Perrier as one of the le...
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

    Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Could this Champagne house be the king of all Champagne? It's a good bet, and you won't get better odds on many other...
  • Cristal 2007 Louis Roederer Champagne Vintage

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £180.00

    £180.00

    The curiosity and intrigue that this label has attracted over the last decade or so, still makes Cristal the ultimate...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

    Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

    Now £30.00

    Was £39.00

    £30.00

    Every bottle of wine is a mystery; before the cork is popped it has the potential to be both exceptional and thoroughly ...
  • Taittinger 2012 Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger 2013 Vintage Champagne

    Now £40.00

    Was £50.00

    £40.00

    The Taittinger house style is crisp and elegant, with a creamy richness that's emphasised in the 2013 vintage with it...
  • Taittinger Comtes Blanc de Blancs 2006 Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger Comtes Blanc de Blancs 2007 Vintage Champagne

    Now £110.00

    Was £125.00

    £110.00

    An unassuming bloke, a friend of this scribe, let's call him Kenny, was one day thinking about opening his "nice" bot...
  • 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...

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