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 Origine Brut NV

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.

ABV 12.5%

Bauchet Cuvée Saint-Nicaise 1er Cru

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.

ABV 12.0%

Bauchet Cuvée Signature 1er Cru

Champagne Bauchet
Bisseuil, Champagne, France

Chardonnay 80%, Pinot Noir 20%

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.

ABV 11.5%

Bauchet 'Seduction' Rose Brut NV

Champagne Bauchet
Bisseuil, Champagne, France

Chardonnay 65%, Pinot Noir 35%

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.

ABV 12.5%

Bollinger Special Cuvée

Champagne Bollinger
Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 60%, Chardonnay 25%, Pinot Meunier 15%

Style and quality bouquet of aromas, this unique combination of body, balance and finesse.

ABV 12.0%

Drappier Blancs de Blancs

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.

ABV 12.0%

Drappier Brut Nature

Champagne Drappier
Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 100%

Its colour is ruby gold with coppery reflections, the mousse is barely exuberant but vivacious. The nose is of freshly pressed black grapes, the aromas of citrus and red fruits. Ample in the mouth with a flavour of peach to the vines and a bouquet of aromatic herbs. Straight, lively wine without dryness. Excellent persistence on lightly spicy notes.

ABV 12.0%

Drappier Carte Blanche NV

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.

ABV 12.0%

Drappier Carte D'Or Brut NV

Champagne Drappier
Champagne, France

Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

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.

ABV 12.0%

Drappier Millesime Exception

Champagne Drappier
Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 65%, Chardonnay 30%, Pinot Meunier 5%

This exceptional cuvee expresses freshness and maturity, complexity and richness, all at the same time. Rich gold and grey pearl, with hints of white fruit and ripe mandarin on the nose, a fruity palate with apricot flavours. Complex champagne, quite open and well balanced.

ABV 12.0%

Drappier Rose Brut NV

Champagne Drappier
Aube, France

Pinot Noir 100%

The colour can range from pale salmon to vivid rose according to the vintage. Notes of raspberries and blackberries on the nose, with notes of mandarin and pepper, with good acidity.

ABV 12.0%

Pierre Nicolas Brut NV

Champagne Pierre Nicolas
Champagne, France

Pinot Noir 70%, Chardonnay 30%

A steady, creamy sparkle enhances the flaxen gold colour of this champagne with its predominance of Pinot noir grapes. On the nose, we find harmonious fruit aromas, particularly reminiscent of pears and raspberries. This is a full, round wine that leaves good impressions on the palate.

ABV 12.5%

Pierre Nicolas Brut Rosé

Champagne Pierre Nicolas
Champagne, France

Chardonnay 85%, Pinot Noir 15%

A steady stream if fine bubbles. It’s delicately pink hue is enhanced by the clear glass of he bottle. Clear on the nose, with aromas of ripe berried jams. It is mellow and soft on the palate. The freshness of this wine comes as a pleasant surprise, whiles its finish reminds of white fruit.
This elegant Rosé clearly assets its regional specificity.

ABV 12.5%

Dom Pérignon Vintage

Dom Pérignon
Champagne, France

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Veuve Clicquot Brut

Veuve Clicquot
Champagne, France

A lovely biscuity, appley nose and an almost apple-crumble palate gives out generous fruit overlaid with a yeasty toastiness. Great complexity and a pleasing depth. Creamy and toasty with a burst of zesty citrus fruit.

Veuve Cliquot Rosé

Veuve Clicquot
Champagne, France

Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

With a fine mousse and dark salmon hue, this Champagne greets you with raspberry and strawberry aromas. What follows is deep, intense and strong—all characteristically Veuve. To the base of the Brut Yellow Label, winemaker Jacques Péters added a blend of still red wine from specially cultivated Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes to the blend. After three years of aging, flavours of dried fruit and Viennese pastries develop. Though light on the taste buds, this wine is perfectly balanced and can be enjoyed with food like white fish and light appetizers.


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