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

Champagne Brocard Pierre Tradition Brut 75cl
"Biscuit, brioche and baked custard! All with some lemon curd zing and a brilliant structured palate." A biodynamic small producer Champagne - freed from the shackles of large negociants, there is a tidal wave of awesome small producers sweeping across...
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Champagne Gallimard Pere et Fils Rose Brut 75cl
  Didier Gallimard owns 10 hectares of prime vineyards on the steep slopes around Les Riceys in the southern Aube. Didier’s son Arnaud has joined him, becoming the seventh generation, and the long term future is now secure. His vines’...
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Beaugrand Blanc de Blancs NV
Stunning nose full of kumquat on a bed of chalk and tropical fruit. The village of Montgueux brings such a unique style to Chardonnay and there are few that can show it the way Helene does with this cuvee.The palate...
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Remi Leroy Brut Nature NV 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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Champagne Bruno Michel Assemblee NV 75cl
This organic champagne has an exceptional depth of avour. There are hints of lemon curd, with spiced apple aromas and subtle toasty notes. The mineral freshness and pure elegant fruit qualities produce a balanced and pure wine, with a crisp...
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Demiere Es'Sencs Blanc Meunier 75cl
The Legends of Meunier that were founded in 1936 and based in Fleury la Riviere. These wines, focusing on Champagne's 'forgotten' grape, will last for ages, so don't rush to drink them, even though it might be hard to resist!...
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Bonnaire Brut 2012 75cl
The house was founded in 1932 and is now run by the fourth generation, Jean-Etienne and Jean-Emmanuel, who work with a large chunk of vineyards mainly in the brilliant village of Cramant. They also have vines in Chouilly, Oiry, Bergeres...
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Jean Velut Lumiere et Craie NV 75cl
It releases all sorts of fresh notes; apple, white flowers and spice. The mid palate delivers a warm, chalky richness and then a fabulous bitter lemon note kicks in creating a tense, rich experience. There aren't many producers in the...
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Le Mesnil Sublime Rose NV 75cl
Tasting Note: Delicious red fruit and a bright red apple skin note emerge from this super rose - a slightly darker pink that makes it super with a whole host of foods. Try it with a rare fillet steak -...
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Only 1 leftBillecart 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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Only 1 leftPaul Clouet Prestige Grand Cru 75cl
Based in Bouzy and made from the same family that brought you Champagne Bonnaire. They work with vineyards both in Bouzy and some of the staple within the Bonnaire range: Cramant, Bergeres les Vertus, Cuis and Fossoy. The wines show...
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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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Goutorbe Bouillot Noir Coteaux NV 75cl
With winemaking history going back to the early 18th century, the Goutorbe and Bouillot families came together just before the Second World War when Pierrette Bouillot and Jules Goutorbe were married. Now managed by Dominique and Bastien, they have 8...
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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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Thierry Fournier Chardonnay 75cl
The Maison was founded by 4th generation vigneron, Thierry Fournier, in 1983 but it has realised a new form by the introduction of his sons Julien and Maxime. They work with 45 plots from 11 villages, giving them a wonderfully...
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Domaine Rousseaux Batteaux 2014 75cl
Adrien is a 4th generation winemaker based in Verzenay and has been managing the estate since 2012. He works with 2.6ha and does not use herbicides or insecticides. He vinifies each parcel separately to create powerful, expressive and ageworthy wines.
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Vincent Charlot Le Fruit de ma Passion 2015 75cl
Vincent is a truly unique winemaker nestled just west of Epernay. Fully biodynamic from 2013, (Demeter), creating a myriad of peculiarities every year. In excess of 15 different cuvées every year, all tiny plots, some no more than a few...
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Hugues Godme 2009 75cl
Working vineyards in Verzy, Viller Marmery, Ville-Dommange and Verzenay, they have been organic since 2013 and biodynamic a year later.
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Only 1 leftDomaine Vincey La Premiere 2014 75cl
The Vincey family have been winemakers for 8 generations but it wasn't until Quentin joined in 2009 that production took its current the form. They work with 7 hectares in Oger, Mesnil and Chouilly and have removed any pesticides or...
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Trousset Guillemart Blanc de Noirs 75cl
The house was founded in 1932 and is now run by the fourth generation, Jean-Etienne and Jean-Emmanuel, who work with a large chunk of vineyards mainly in the brilliant village of Cramant. They also have vines in Chouilly, Oiry, Bergeres...
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Pierre Legras Idee de Voyage 2011 75cl
Based in the village of Chouilly this fanastic maison run by Marcelline and Vincent create brilliant, crisp wines which are the perfect representation of the village. 11 generations of winemakers, the house in it's current status, was formed in 2002...
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Henriet-Bazin Cuvee Marie-Amelie 2014 75cl
Wet chalk, white flowers with a brilliant chalky attack on the front end. Loads of lemon rind and notes of pear drops. Amazing length on the fruit driven finish. This fantastic maison is based in the village of Villers Marmery...
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Laurent Benard Vibratis 2013 75cl
The Bénard-Pitois family started cultivating land in Mareuil sur Ay in the latter end of the 19th century, but their wines really took off in the late 1990s when they forged the road forward for organic certification. They obtained full...
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Pierre Callot Clos Jacquin 75cl
Thierry and Maxime are the sixth and seventh generations of this family that creates rich and expressive wines from their 7 hectares in Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Grauves.
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Vincent Charlot L'Or de Basses Ronces 2014 75cl
Vincent is a truly unique winemaker nestled just west of Epernay. Fully biodynamic from 2013, (Demeter), creating a myriad of peculiarities every year. In excess of 15 different cuvées every year, all tiny plots, some no more than a few...
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Domaine Vincey Le Grand Jardin 2014 75cl
The Vincey family have been winemakers for 8 generations but it wasn't until Quentin joined in 2009 that production took its current the form. They work with 7 hectares in Oger, Mesnil and Chouilly and have removed any pesticides or...
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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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