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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Taittinger produces their signature Rose blend from a combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, the latter of which gives a vibrant intensity and shimmering pink colour. Full of delicious red fruit and subtle elegant spice, this is excellent Champagne, from a highly regarded Grand Marque....read more
The famous yellow-labelled Veuve Cliquot is known for its consistent quality and balance between power and finesse. Pinot Noir is the predominant grape used in the blend, which gives a robust core structure, with Pinot Meunier adding body and Chardonnay the necessary freshness and elegance. This is a well-loved wine suitable for any celebration for day-to-day indulgence....read more
Our house Champagne offers great value, made in a dry style with classic apple and citrus fruit flavours and delicious freshness. This wine has given many Grand Marque Champagnes a run for their money in recent blind tastings. Crafted from 88 percent Pinot Noir and 12 percent Chardonnay, this superb celebration wine offers rich depth and structure alongside finely tuned finesse and elegance....read more
Under the ownership of Laurent Perrier, J. Lemoine has for many years been the house Champagne at the Dorchester in London and is elegant and refreshing, with a debonair charm and clean, crisp character. Excellent value from this blend of 50 percent Pinot Meunier, 30 percent Chardonnay and 20 percent Pinot Noir....read more
Our house Rose Champagne offers great value, made in an off-dry style in a blend of 65 percent Pinot Noir and 35 percent Chardonnay. Bursting with classic red berry fruit and citrus on the palate, and a delicate, full-bodied, lingering finish. Beautiful flavour with an engaging natural freshness....read more
Bollinger Special Cuvee is famous for its consistently high quality and great overall balance. Bollinger produces, without a doubt, one of the best Grande Marque Champagnes available. The use of barrel fermentation and preference for Pinot Noir as the majority blend component gives a ripe and powerful flavour profile, with a refined, sophisticated nature....read more
The Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne is a light, harmonious champagne, and one of the best of the Grand Marques. Crafted from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, with a touch of Pinot Noir, this is lively and sophisticated Champagne with a charming elegance and a sumptuous long finish....read more
Demi-Sec is an older style of Champagne and was extremely popular in the 18th century before the drier Brut style came into vogue as Champagne moved to an aperitif rather than a wine to be enjoyed after dinner. Fresh, rich and intense this is an ideal partner to both sweet and savoury combinations and works well with rich cheeses and creamy desserts....read more
Barons de Rothschild, Champagne
This blend of 60 percent Chardonnay, primarily from Grand Cru vines, with 40 percent Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier is a classic brut cuvee, with a delicious crisp fruited character and long, savoury finish. Delicate and well-balanced, perfect for a special celebration, or enjoying with close friends....read more