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Champagne  

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, 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

  • 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

    £37.44

  • 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

  • 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!

    £43.98

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

    Pol Roger “Rich” NV, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    CH11

    Rich” NV from Pol Roger is a precise replica of their Brut Réserve NV being blended from 30 still base wines from different vineyards, different vintages and the three main grape varieties which dominate the champagne region: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, in equal proportions.

     

    What makes Rich NV different from Brut Réserve is the increased dosage of 34 g/l of sugar which makes it the perfect drink for  occasions when something a little less dry is called for.

    £43.98

  • “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, Magnum, 12% vol, 150cl

    “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, Magnum, 12% vol, 150cl

    CH30

    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.

    £57.30

  • Charles Heidsieck “Blanc de Millénaires” 1995, Reims, 12% vol, 75cl

    Charles Heidsieck “Blanc de Millénaires” 1995, Reims, 12% vol, 75cl

    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 in 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.

     

     

    The 1995 Blanc des Millénaires is a blend of Chardonnay from five crus: Cramant for complexity and ageability, Avize for verve and minerality, Oger for creaminess and weight, Mesnil-sur-Oger for balance and Vertus for floral freshness.

     

    1995 was a fresh and balanced vintage, producing wines of excellent ageing potential. Generally good conditions throughout summer and autumn meant grapes were harvested in prime condition. It was the first universally declared vintage since 1990.

     

    After fermentation, the wine is racked to separate the lees and then undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity. After blending the different crus, the wine is bottled and selected yeast added for the second fermentation. The bottles are placed in the cellar at a temperature of 10°C, and aged for at least 15 years before release.

     

    Exceptional. This displays all the noble characteristics of mature Chardonnay and its incredible potential for ageing. Pale gold colour with pale green hues. The bouquet is balanced with a richness and distinct pastry aromas expressing full buttery notes, intense cinnamon and vanilla spice. Silky notes of candied apricots, quince and dried fruits, hazelnuts and almonds.

     

    Some recent awards

    • Decanter World Wine Award Regional Trophy (also in 2014, 2013)
    • International Wine Challenge Trophy (also Gold in 2014, Trophy in 2013)
    • Sommelier Wine Awards Gold (also Gold in 2014 and 2013)
    • International Wines and Spirts Competition Outstanding Gold
    £144.00

  • “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, Jeroboam, 12% vol, 300cl

    “Cuvée Léonie” Brut N.V., Canard-Duchêne, Jeroboam, 12% vol, 300cl

    CH08

    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.

     

    **A Jeroboam – 3 litres, or the equivalent to 4 bottles – in an individual, branded wooden box.**

     

     

    £163.20