France - Champagne

This most prestigious sparkling wine region has a cool continental climate and is the most northerly wine region in France; frost is one of the biggest challenges in the vineyard. To balance this the majority of Champagne produced is non-vintage (NV), prepared using a blend of wines from multiple years to smooth out some of the vintage variations. This is arguably one of the hardest tasks of the winemaker: to achieve a consistent house style from year to year.

In exceptional years up to half the fruit may be dedicated to creating a vintage champagne entirely made from that year's harvest, with the remainder reserved for non-vintage wines.

The three main grape varieties used are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. After traditional fermentation and blending, the Méthode champenoise technique calls for secondary fermentation for at least 15 months in the bottle, during which the natural carbonation occurs.

Champagne's sugar content varies. The sweetest level is 'doux' (meaning sweet) and then, (in increasing dryness) 'demi-sec' (half-dry), 'sec' (dry), 'extra sec' (extra dry), 'brut' (very dry-dry), 'extra brut' (very dry), 'brut nature' (no additional sugar, bone dry).

In addition to our house champagnes below, we stock the usual Bolinger, Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Moet et Chandon; and Moet Dom Perignon.

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Bauchet Cuvée 1er Cru

By Champagne Bauchet
Bisseuil, Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 20%, Chardonnay 80%

Flaxen gold in colour. Gentle and steady effervescence. A vinous champagne whose effervescence is mellow with a silky texture. It displays a fine maturity as well as a certain complexity. The finish perfectly preserves the sensations perceived on the palate.

Bauchet Cuvée Origine Brut NV

By Champagne Bauchet
Bisseuil, Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 70%, Chardonnay 30%

This champagne has a clear finish that is slightly mineral and evanescent. The general flavour is fruity with hints of toasted bread. When you let it breathe, this cuvée becomes even more full-bodied and welcoming.

Bauchet Cuvée Saint-Nicaise 1er Cru

By Champagne Bauchet
Bisseuil, Champagne, France

Chardonnay 100%

Deep gold in colour and enlivened by a myriad of extremely fine bubbles which feed to a delicate and nicely white rising thread. This is a vinous, rich and generous champagne with a particularly attractive texture. On the nose aromas of brioche, almond and yellow fruit. When aired this impression is completed by notes of cereals on a musky background.. The attack is fresh with a high quality acidity which is both delicate and mellow. A long and complex finish. Blends chalky minerality that is refreshing with a certain roundness and mildness.

Bauchet 'Seduction' Rose Brut NV

By Champagne Bauchet
Bisseuil, Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 35%, Chardonnay 65%

Its effervescence creates a lingering stream of bubbles that enhances the pale gold hue of this vibrant and translucent cuvee. On the nose it displays a clear balance of aromas of grapefruit, blackberry and peach. The character of this wine softens into fruity aromas. Its mellow finish lingers on the palate and invites us to prolong the experience.

Drappier Blancs de Blancs

By Champagne Drappier
Champagne, France

Chardonnay 100%

Elegant on the nose and crisp on the palate, this Champagne is Composed of 100% Chardonnay from the first pressing only, which links elegance and richness together. Each bottle is signed "Drappier" in gold, the signature of a great Champagne.

Drappier Carte Blanche NV

By Champagne Drappier
Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 75%, Chardonnay 25%

Firm, rich and intense, with concentrated pear, red fruits, spice, vanilla and muting flavours and complex. The long flowerful finish has a spicy hazelnut aftertaste.

Drappier Carte D'Or Brut NV

By Champagne Drappier
Champagne, France

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

A bouquet of sweet briar quickly gives way to the aromas of stoned fruits. Spicy hints announce a powerful and complex impact in the mouth. An immediately vinous ensemble on the palate dominated by ripe fruits, this brut has a natural freshness with a finish of great length. Serving suggestion – 7°C, goes well with foie gras or desserts without coffee. It keeps well for a minimum of three years.


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