Champagne

Champagne is perhaps the most well known wine, but it isn't known for being wine!  It is known for drinking in celebration, spraying over racing drivers and generally not being appreciated for the wine it is.  Rather than stocking the big brands that blend out the unique character of the different regions of Champagne, I focus on the small growers and producers that showcase these wonderful terroirs.

My favourite producers

Paul Dethune | Veuve Fourny & Fils | Brocard Pierre | De Saint Gall | Hure Freres | Louis Roederer | Robert Moncuit | Gallimard Pere et Fils | Remi Leroy | Jacques Selosse | Billecart Salmon

Lallier Champagne R.015 Brut 75cl
Not the name of that rolling droid in Episode 7, but Lallier's exquisite wine with the number referring to the vintage of the base wine, to which older reserve wines are added. A delicious, fruit forward style of wine that keeps...
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Edouard Brun Cuvee Speciale NV
60% Pinot Meunier, 20% each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel for the Pinots and in tank for Chardonnay. Aged for 24 months on lees. 10g/L dosage. Blended to be tasting well young, this is...
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Champagne Gremillet Blanc de Noirs NV 75cl
"Showing a fine mousse in the glass (meaning delicate bubbles as opposed to airy Angel Delight!) and characteristic toasty yeast aromas, boosted by fuller fruit and more structure than the Brut Selection. Rich but elegant, with classic baked biscuit flavours...
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Jeaunaux-Robin Eclats de Meulire Extra Brut 75cl
This Biodynamic Champagne producer is based in the village Talus Saint-prix in the Cote de Blancs. Clemence and Cyril Jeanaux-Robin have just 5.7ha of vineyards, starting at the end of their garden! The estate was founded in 1964 by Michel...
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Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs Nature NV 75cl
"This crisp, fresh Blanc de Blancs has no dosage added which means it is the nearest thing you'll get to 'Diet Champagne'. Bone dry, crisp and citrussy, this is a great Champagne to drink with food." The attention to detail...
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Remi Leroy Brut Nature 2015 75cl
"Made with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this low yield wine is superbly rich with a white pepper and white fruits flavour. A lovely long, fresh finish." Rémi Leroy grew up in Meurville, a small town in the Côte...
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Remi Leroy Rose 2013 75cl
"Intense red cheery and raspberries on the nose. Rounded and mouth filling, a great food champagne." Rémi Leroy grew up in Meurville, a small town in the Côte des Bar. He trained as a oenologist and agricultural engineer in Bordeaux...
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Billecart Salmon Demi Sec NV 75cl
"Want Champagne to pair with chocolate? This floral style of Champagne goes perfectly with all sorts of sweeter treats and chocolate is one of them. Buttery brioche " Sure, it is a better known Champagne producer, but is one of...
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Veuve Fourny Cuvee R Extra Brut NV 75cl
A delicious dryer style of Champagne that is a great fizz to pair with food. 'Highly Reccommended' Decanter, December 2015 The attention to detail displayed by Emmanuel and Charles-Henry Fourny is astonishing. They are making some of the most exciting...
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Remi Leroy Blanc de Noirs 2014 75cl
"Candied fruit on the nose. Elegant, rounded and vinous, confit quince and well integrated acidity." Rémi Leroy grew up in Meurville, a small town in the Côte des Bar. He trained as a oenologist and agricultural engineer in Bordeaux before...
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Hure Freres Memoire NV
'One of the most arresting champagnes to have come my way for quite a while' says Jancis Robinson - this is a solera started in 1982, kept in stainless steel tank and then aged in foudres for two years before...
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Billecart Salmon Brut Rose 75cl
"Where do you start with this exquisite wine? Very delicate aromas of red fruit, then a sea salt and citrus nudge, and then a delicate, refined palate, hints of clementine zest and a pure finish. An outstanding champagne." 91/100 Robert...
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Only 1 leftJacques Selosse Bout de Clou 75cl
'There is champagne, and then there is Selosse. Anselme, the shy philosopher-winemaker who has made the brand a cult wine, doesn't like rules. He tries things his own way. Substance is made in a solera (like sherry) and gets a...
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