What is it about Champagne? The first choice for celebrations of love, success and life's rites of passage for generations, the exclusive sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France hold a special place in the world of wine. The most northerly of France's wine regions, Champagne's history of sparkling wines dates back to 1668 when Dom Perignon, a local monk, is said to have created the method still used to produce Champagne today.
The chalky soils of Champagne are home to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, all employed in a typical Champagne blend. The northerly location of the vineyards means that ripening can be a problem, so using a blend of grapes is critical. Most typically made in a brut, or dry style, non-vintage (NV) Champagne is a blend of wines from a number of years. Vintage champagnes, made only in the best years, are aged extensively before release, creating richer, biscuity flavours.
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Made in only the best years, Laurent Perrier's Vintage Champagne, or Brut Millesime, are crafted from painstaking selection of high-quality grapes. The 2006 Champagne vintage was excellent, and this exceptional wine, made from equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is expressive and powerful, with a refined elegance and rich palette of flavours....read more
Crafted exclusively from Chardonnay grown on the best vineyards of the Cotes des Blancs, Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs is produced in limited quantities. Light, elegant and refreshing, with crisp citrus and green apple this is an excellent example of a stylish, elegant Champagne....read more
La Grand Annee is the name given to Bollinger's finely crafted vintage Champagne, released only in the best years and produced from fruit grown in a single vintage. The 2005 vintage is a blend of 70 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Chardonnay which is given full barrel fermentation, adding a seamless power and refined complexity to this bold and flavourful Grand Marque champagne....read more
Pol Roger only makes a Rose Champagne in vintage years and is aged seven years in the cellars before release. A combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay this vibrant, vivacious Rose Champagne is full of red fruit and citrus character with a delicate, sensual personality. Perfect anytime, or for any special celebration....read more
Bold and seductive limited edition of the 2009 vintage, celebrating Bollinger's long-standing relationship with the world's favourite spy - James Bond. Presented in a one-off metal chill box this is a full-flavoured wine, made predominantly from Pinot Noir with a rich palette of complex flavours, and of course, the refined sophistication Bond would expect from his Champagne....read more
The epitome of fine Champagne, Cristal was first created in the 1870s for Tsar Alexander II, who had taken a liking to Louis Roederer's cuvees, and requested the best be reserved for him each year. Distinguished by its clear lead-crystal bottle, this concentrated, fresh and elegant wine is a sure way to make a statement, and is ideal for a special celebration....read more
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