About the region Champagne

“Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial.” – Oscar Wilde, "Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Champagne, synonymous with luxury, royalty and celebration, is the world's premier region and appellation for sparkling wine. Despite the colloquial use of the term to mean any sparkling wine, 'Champagne' is a protected term referring only to a wine which is made in the Champagne region, using the méthode champenoise, and with grapes grown in the region, the three most important of which are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
Champagne has been a wine producing region dating back to the Middle Ages, yet the bubbles which Champagne is so famous for today only appeared in the wines over the last few centuries. Prior to this time, Champagne was a still wine. Dom Perignon, the Benedictine monk from the Abbey of Hautvillers, famously quoted as saying "come quickly, I am tasting the stars", is often credited with the 'discovery' of champagne's bubbles. Unfortunately, the story is a myth. Not that the French would be willing to readily admit it, but Champagne actually has the British, one of their biggest markets, to thank for the bubbles. A few 'happy' accidents, including extra heat from the wine's sea journey from France to England, and the British adding sugar into the wines from the stores of their Carribean colonies, led to the secondary fermentation in bottle, and the wine's first bubbles in the 17th century. Champagne then fully embraced the sparkling rendition of its wine in the 19th century.


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Champagne Bouche Pere & Fils Brut Tradition £24.50

It's an aperitif style champagne. Honeyed aromas in the back mouth complement the fruity body. Its l...

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Champagne Bouche Pere & Fils Brut Tradition £24.50

Charles Rougemont Brut Champagne Tradition £27.50

The nose is round and fruity with notes of citrus. The palate is supple with apple and pear with a g...

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Charles Rougemont Brut Champagne Tradition £27.50

Gosset Brut Excellence £40.00

The nose revealing baked bread scents intermixed with oily toast characters, yeast lees and subtle d...

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Gosset Brut Excellence £40.00

Gosset Grand Rose Brut Champange £57.50

Cherry ruby colour. The nose expresses fresh form as in that of jam or cooked fruit. A basket of rip...

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Gosset Grand Rose Brut Champange £57.50

Lallier Champagne Grand Cru Reserve Brut £32.50

Very nice yellow-golden hue. Butter and brioched aromas with the fruity apricot. Palate is balanced ...

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Lallier Champagne Grand Cru Reserve Brut £32.50

Mermuys Cyrus Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne 2011 £29.50

Radiant, fine and fresh structure with notes of apples, a very clean palate makes for and easy drink...

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Mermuys Cyrus Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne 2011 £29.50

Mermuys Cyrus Brut Champagne £24.50

The fresh pear and apples move towards a more biscuit and toasty finish, and long length that evolve...

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Mermuys Cyrus Brut Champagne £24.50

Mermuys Cyrus Rose Champagne £24.50

Bright and fruity structure with a light red berry expression, a very easy drinking clean wine.

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Mermuys Cyrus Rose Champagne £24.50

Pannier Brut Champagne £30.00

The nose has notes of brioche and fine pastry, where ripe yellow and white fruits melt with acacia f...

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Pannier Brut Champagne £30.00

Pannier Brut Champagne Vintage 2012 £39.50

The zesty nose, with pastry and fruity notes, leaves room in the mouth with a refreshing structure a...

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Pannier Brut Champagne Vintage 2012 £39.50

Pannier Brut Rose Champagne £36.50

The nose is dominated by well-ripe red berries (cherries, raspberries). In the palate the structure ...

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Pannier Brut Rose Champagne £36.50

Pannier Demi-Sec Champgane £30.00

The nose is discreet, floral with a beautiful complexity. The aromas of white peaches and fresh almo...

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Pannier Demi-Sec Champgane £30.00

Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne £42.00

A powerful and engaging nose with aromas of fruity (pear, mango) and floral (jasmine) with brioched ...

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Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne £42.00

Ruinart Brut Champagne £50.00

Notes of white fruit, pear, apple, apricot as well as hazelnuts and fresh almonds. Some floral and s...

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Ruinart Brut Champagne £50.00

Thibault Villejames Brut Champagne £26.50

The nose is fine and expressive. Ripe fruit is underlined by honeyed notes. The palate is ample and ...

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Thibault Villejames Brut Champagne £26.50

Thibault Villejames Brut Champagne Magnum £60.00

The nose is fine and expressive. Ripe fruit is underlined by honeyed notes. The palate is ample and ...

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Thibault Villejames Brut Champagne Magnum £60.00

Thibault Villejames Prestige Champagne £32.50

It is very focused on fresh fruit, peach, apple, and citrus, grapefruit and lemon. The aeration deve...

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Thibault Villejames Prestige Champagne £32.50