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CHAMPAGNE

The most important sparkling wine region of them all.

A northerly location, chalky soils and the combination of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier make for wines that have higher levels of acidity essential for the production of fine sparkling wines.

  • Non vintage Champagne is made by blending together wines from several different years. This combination of older and younger wines, as well as wines from better and lesser years, allows the blender to produce a constant house style year after year.
  • Vintage Champagne again is a blend, but in this case the component parts will be wines from different areas from within the Champagne region but only from a single, very good year (vintage). These wines will look to reflect both the house style and the characteristics of the given vintage.
  • Rosé, or pink champagne, is usually made by adding a small quantity of still red wine to the blend. This has the effect of adding not only colour but also often extra body and fruit.

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  • “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, 12% vol, 37.5cl

    “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, 12% vol, 37.5cl

    CH24

    Named after Léonie Duchêne, one of the founders of the company, “Cuvée Léonie” is reserved for independent wine merchants and the world’s finest restaurants – we have listed it for several years and it has been our House Champagne since 2011.

     

    The blend is 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 25% Chardonnay with reserve wine accounting for a significant proportion of the total (25%). Extended ageing in the cellar (3 years) adds depth and complexity.

     

    “All the elements are there: the buttery brioche aromas with top floral notes, the depth of flavours and the finish. It’s the way that it’s all presented that sets it apart. ‘There’s a driving blast of fine mousse, a powerfully zesty mid-palate, and it all develops into a long dry finish”

     


    Sarah Jane Evans MW., on Cuvée Léonie.

     

    Half Bottle

    £16.74

  • Thiénot Brut N.V., 12.5% vol, 37.5cl

    Thiénot Brut N.V., 12.5% vol, 37.5cl

    CH20

    “Founded in 1985, Champagne Thiénot is the new kid on the champagne block and something of a trade secret. I came across the Brut NV the other day and was immediately smitten. A blend of 45% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, it is light, delicate and fresh with hints of apple and quince – the perfect apéritif.”
    Jonathan Ray, The Field, April, 2011.

     

    Half Bottle

    £18.84

  • “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, 12% vol, 75cl

    “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, 12% vol, 75cl

    CH01

    Named after Léonie Duchêne, one of the founders of the company, “Cuvée Léonie” is reserved for independent wine merchants and the world’s finest restaurants – we have listed it for several years and it has been our House Champagne since 2011.

     

    The blend is 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 25% Chardonnay with reserve wine accounting for a significant proportion of the total (25%). Extended ageing in the cellar (3 years) adds depth and complexity.

     

    “All the elements are there: the buttery brioche aromas with top floral notes, the depth of flavours and the finish. It’s the way that it’s all presented that sets it apart. ‘There’s a driving blast of fine mousse, a powerfully zesty mid-palate, and it all develops into a long dry finish”

     


    Sarah Jane Evans MW., on Cuvée Léonie

    £26.46

  • Thiénot Brut N.V., 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Thiénot Brut N.V., 12.5% vol, 75cl

    CH34

    “Founded in 1985, Champagne Thiénot is the new kid on the champagne block and something of a trade secret. I came across the Brut NV the other day and was immediately smitten. A blend of 45% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, it is light, delicate and fresh with hints of apple and quince – the perfect apéritif.”


    Jonathan Ray, The Field, April, 2011.

    £32.46

  • “Cuvée Léonie” Brut Rosé N.V., Canard-Duchêne, 12% vol, 75cl

    “Cuvée Léonie” Brut Rosé N.V., Canard-Duchêne, 12% vol, 75cl

    CH05

    Named after Léonie Duchêne, one of the founders of the company, “Cuvée Léonie” is reserved for independent wine merchants and the world’s finest restaurants.

     

    The blend is 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 25% Chardonnay with reserve wine accounting for a significant proportion of the total (25%), particularly Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims vinified as a still red wine and used in the blend to add the lovely pink colour. Extended ageing in the cellar (3 years) adds depth and complexity.

     

    Pretty pink in appearance with a very fine mousse. It is delicate on the nose with a very attractive creamy palate of ripe raspberries and cherries.  The fruit is balanced nicely with firm acidity and a good minerality in the long, dry finish. Great finesse and harmony.

    £33.42

  • Louis Roederer “Brut Premier” N.V., 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Louis Roederer “Brut Premier” N.V., 12.5% vol, 75cl

    CH12

    A blend of 40% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, Brut Premier comprises wine matured in oak tuns produced from fruit from various crus selected by Louis Roederer. Aged for 3 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and then left for a minimum of 6 months after dégorgement (disgorging).

     

    The freshness, finesse, and brightness of Brut Premier make it the perfect wine for festive occasions. Its structured texture, richness, and length are distinctly winey. It is a full, complex wine that is both rich and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic”

     

    Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master

    £36.00

  • Pol Roger “Brut Réserve” NV, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Pol Roger “Brut Réserve” NV, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    CH07

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve is a blend in equal parts of the three champenois grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, from 30 different crus (vineyard sites) from at least 2 vintages with an additional 25% older reserve wine added.

     

    The different varieties come from distinct areas within the Champagne region.

     

    The Pinot Noir brings structure, body and power and is mainly produced from some of the best crus of the Montagne de Reims to the north of the region whilst the Pinot Meunier (ensuring freshness, roundness and fruitiness) is from several crus from the more central Vallée de la Marne and from the Epernay area.  Finally, the Chardonnay, (providing aromatic complexity, finesse, elegance and lightness) comes from Epernay and some of the best crus of the southern Côte des Blancs.

     

    After four years ageing in Pol Roger’s cellars in Epernay, its style combines complexity, balance and distinction. A delightful balance of power and elegance. Maybe the wine trade’s favourite NV, certainly mine!

    £40.50

  • Thiénot Brut Rosé N.V., 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Thiénot Brut Rosé N.V., 12.5% vol, 75cl

    CH29

    45% Pinot Noir (including 7% red wine), 35% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Meunier.

     

    A delicate salmon pink in appearance, the nose is of cherries and raspberries with richer blackcurrant flavours deloping on the palate. A very well made and elegant rosé.

     

    £42.12

  • Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve, Reims, 12% vol, 75cl

    Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve, Reims, 12% vol, 75cl

    CH18

    The current range is one of the most awarded collections of wines in the world, something underlined when Chef de Cave, the late Thierry Roset, was named ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge iin 2014. This was the 15th time that Charles Heidsieck’s winemaking team had won this award, but the first for Thierry, who has been working at the house since 1988. He took over the reins in 2012, having worked with both the great Régis Camus and the legendary Daniel Thibault. This winemaking legacy, paired with the house‘s flamboyant history since its foundation in 1851 by the man who would become known as ‘Champagne Charlie‘, makes it a unique offering from Champagne: a house with great wines, champagne heritage and proven quality throughout its range.

     

    40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir & 20% Pinot Meunier.

     

    Charles Heidsieck have built exceptional relationships with the most experienced growers across the Champagne region, and can draw on a rich palette of crus. Precise selection of grapes takes place from 60 specific sites. Vineyards which are integral to producing grapes which build the house style are Oger for Chardonnay for its texture, floral notes and ageing ability, Ambonnay for Pinot Noir for its power, vinosity and fruit, and Verneuil for Pinot Meunier for its acidity, body and aromatics.

     

    After the first fermentation in stainless steel, each tank undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity. 40% reserve wines are used in the blend, the maximum permitted, with an average age of 10 years. The blend is bottled and selected yeast added for the second fermentation, then placed in the cellar at a temperature of about 10°C. To achieve the depth and complexity required by the house style, Charles Heidsieck age their Non-Vintage Brut for three years, much longer than the legal requirement of 15 months.

     

    Radiant pale gold with fine, persistent bubbles. Complex pastry aromas, with an opulent combination of ripe apricot, mango and greengages, dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing plum pastry notes and delicate spice. A perfect balance.

     

    Some recent awards

    • The Wine Merchant Magazine Sparkling Wine Trophy
    • International Wine Challenge Gold
    • Sommelier Wine Award Gold (also Gold in 2014 and 2013)
    • Decanter World Wine Award Silver
    £43.20