Champagne

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About Champagne

Ah, Champagne; the original and premier sparkling wine region in the world. When the first bubbly Champagnes were created in the 17th Century, who could have ever predicted the hold this wonderful wine would have on drinkers around the globe. Every second, Champagne corks are set flying, as it is THE ONLY drink for a serious celebration. Come weddings, even funerals or simply a gorgeous day, Champagne is the name on everyone’s lips. At its best, great Champagne has the thrill of bubbles, layers and layers of yeasty, honeyed flavours backed by fresh acidity, making it one of my favourite drinks. Furthermore, while most of us throw it down as quickly as is physically possible, Champagne is also one of the most versatile food wines and fabulous with a wide range of dishes, from Rosé with fresh fruit, to sweet wines and light desserts. While Sparkling wines are made around the world, Champagne beats them all by a good length. It’s not the method (Method Champenois), or the mix of grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), just the super cool climate that keeps the flavours in those grapes delicate and the acid high, making the Non-Vintage wines fresh, elegant and restrained with lovely toasty complexity. Champagne comes in a number of styles. The most common bottle of Champagne you can buy is a Non-Vintage, which is a blend of wines of different ages, some of which are over twenty years old. Vintage Champagnes are made from wines produced in a single year. Traditionally, they were only produced in the best years, making superb wines, but these days some of the larger producers, or houses as they call them in this patch of the country, release a vintage wine every year, even when the vintage does not warrant it! Don’t be fooled; Vintage wine might be more expensive but from average years, of which there are many, it does not necessarily mean better. At the top of the vintage tree are the Grand Marque Champagnes from the finest houses. These are super-premium vintage Champagnes, often made from Grand Cru or Premier Cru vineyards (Champagne, like Burgundy, has its top-level vineyards rated as Grand or Premier Cru). While most Champagnes, at all quality levels, are a blend of three fine grapes, there are a small number of wines made differently; either a fine Blanc de Blancs made from Chardonnay or the even rarer Blanc de Noirs made only from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. One final factor that escapes many Champagne drinkers is that all good Champagnes improve with ageing . Whether a Non-Vintage from a respected house or Grand Marque Champagne from a great year, all become more rounded and complex with at least 2 years, if not many more, in the bottle. That is if you can keep your hands off them! Now go on, grab a bottle, rip off the foil and pop the cork; you know you want to.

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NV Champagne J. Dumangin Fils Rose Brut

NV Champagne J. Dumangin Fils Rose Brut

Before we go any further, this is not a Rose Champagne. It is called 'Le Rose' after the village the vineyards surround, and the contents are nothing short of awesome for a Champagne at the price! Appealing scents of red fruits, pot pourri and sub...

Cracka rating90
Region: Champagne
NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

One of the finest NV 'big house' Champagnes, this incorporates a large proportion of reserve wine into the blend, that reserve wine sitting at an average age of ten years old. The net result is a rich, complex and plain delicious Champagne with co...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
NV Gosset Grande Reserve Brut

NV Gosset Grande Reserve Brut

Out of all the Gosset Champagnes, this is the one that delivers over its price point, and is one of the most reliable NV Champagnes you can buy. Once again, it is a rich style of Champagne, but it comes across much drier than the Excellence Brut. ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Champagne
1996 Dom Perignon Oenotheque

1996 Dom Perignon Oenotheque

1996 is a classic champagne vintage, and this is one of the best and the rarest, so hence the price! Made from 50/50 chardonnay and pinot noir, there isn't enough space here to list the aromas it's that multi-faceted, but they do include red berri...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
2009 Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Rose

2009 Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Rose

Louis Roederer is one of the biggest names in Champagne. It's enjoyed by rappers and super models alike, and now you can have a bottle in your fridge for that special occasion you have coming up. It's a beaut of a Champagne that is pretty pale pin...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
NV Gosset Grand Rose

NV Gosset Grand Rose

You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for a decent Rosé Champagne. Gosset is one of the best value Champagnes around, so it's well worth whacking some in the fridge for that special occasion. An avalanche of red berry and cherry fruits burst o...

Cracka rating90
Region: Champagne
NV Veuve Fourny & Fils Blanc de Blancs Brut Vertus Premier Cru

NV Veuve Fourny & Fils Blanc de Blancs Brut Vertus Premier Cru

Here's a Champagne with 'feel good' factor. Produced from organically-grown vines, it shows appealing lemon, buttered croissants and nuttiness on the nose, whilst the palate is quite peachy and punchy, with fine bubbles, tight, flinty acidity, and...

Cracka rating80
Region: Champagne
NV Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Magnum

NV Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Magnum

I have a small confession to make - I love Veuve Clicquot with its marked brioche fruit flavours underpinned by a tight line of bracing acidity. Nothing says I love you like a six-pack of Veuve.

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
NV Taittinger Prelude Pinot Noir Chardonnay

NV Taittinger Prelude Pinot Noir Chardonnay

When you consider the fruit for this juicy little Champagne is sourced from only the best vineyards in the region, it makes this bubbly quite the bargain. Smells of green apples, stone fruits and pears adorn the nose, along with hints of citrus an...

Cracka rating90
Region: Champagne
NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs

NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs

Now we step into serious Champagne territory with this whiter than white Blanc de Blanc. Made entirely from Chardonnay as all Blanc de Blancs are (it translates to white on white), it is made from very classy fruit sourced from the best vineyards ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
NV Champagne Nathalie Falmet Brut

NV Champagne Nathalie Falmet Brut

Here's something you don’t see everyday in Champagne - a wine that is grown, made and designed by the same person. This is a very small, 'boutique' Champagne producer that you won't see in every shop. Made for 80% pinot noir, and 20% chardonnay, i...

Cracka rating80
Region: Champagne
NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Magnum

NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Magnum

This has to be one of the best value blanc de blanc champagnes around, and it's one helluva drink! Delicate aromas of citrus, peaches, buttered toast and dairy rise from the glass, whilst the palate is elegant, crunchy and dry, with lemon and hone...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs (375ml)

NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs (375ml)

This has to be one of the best value blanc de blanc champagnes around, and it comes in a handy half-bottle. Delicate aromas of citrus, peaches, buttered toast and dairy rise from the glass, whilst the palate is elegant, crunchy and dry, with lemon...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve

NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve

When it comes to non-vintage Champagne, Billecart or ‘Billy’ as its known in the trade is still our favourite go to Champagne house. We’ve never experienced a dud bottle and if you are parting with a significant amount of cash that’s reassuring ne...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
NV Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose

NV Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose

A bit of pink bubbles seems to put a smile on the dial of most people, and this is good value for a Rose Champagne! Aromas of strawberries and raspberries fill the nasal passages, along with stone fruits, buttered toast and a touch of savouriness....

Cracka rating90
Region: Champagne
NV R de Ruinart

NV R de Ruinart

Founded in 1729, Ruinart have been making truly dry styles of Champagne consistently, and this 'R' de Ruinart sees 40% reserve wine in the mix for added layers of complexity. Made from 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, it's a crisp style that sho...

Cracka rating90
Region: Champagne
NV Veuve Fourny & Fils Cuvee R de Veuve Fourny Extra Brut

NV Veuve Fourny & Fils Cuvee R de Veuve Fourny Extra Brut

Imported by De Bortoli, these wines represent real value in French Champagne. This dry style of Champers shows smells of white stone fruits, subtle red berries and brioche on the nose, whilst the palate is elegant and elevating, with lots of apple...

Cracka rating100
Region: Champagne
2006 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage

2006 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage

Made from pretty much equal parts of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, this one comes across as a more off-dry style of champagne, and shows green apples, stone fruits, pears and honeysuckle on the nose, with just a hint of baked bread. Th...

Cracka rating80
Region: Champagne
2004 Dom Perignon

2004 Dom Perignon

I see the stars' exclaimed Dom Perignon, the monk who is credited with inventing the method of getting bubbles into still wine to create the Champagne style we all know and love. This 2003 vintage of Dom is probably defined by it's power and inten...

Cracka rating80
Region: Champagne