Champagne

 

Champagne is renowned the world over as the natural partner for any event where celebration, luxury and romance are the themes. It is a sparkling wine made only in the Champagne region of northeastern part of France from 3 classic grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and this is what makes it different from all other sparkling wines in addition to getting it’s bubbles by undergoing the fermentation process twice, in the barrels and again in the bottles, unlike sparkling wines, which create their bubbles by adding carbonation.

Champagne is known for its toasty, yeasty flavours, achieved because of its unique terroir and law of spending at least 15 months in the bottle before release, of which 12 months maturation on lees is required for non-vintage cuvees. The minimum for vintage cuvees is three years. In practice, most Champagne wines are cellared for much longer: 2-3 years for non-vintage wines and 4-10 years for vintage Champagne. The minimum aging periods required by law for Champagne wines are much longer than for any other sparkling wines.

Winery Description Vintage Format Bot. Price by Case Rating
Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Gold Magnum NV 150CL 5170
Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Demi Sec (Gift Box) NV 75CL 3820
Deutz Deutz Brut Magnum 1988 150CL 5000 RP 88
Deutz Cuvee William Deutz 1988 75CL 5000
JL Vergnon Conversation Brut Grand Cru NV 75CL 450 BH 93
JL Vergnon Conversation Brut Grand Cru, 37.5cl NV 37.5CL 225 BH 93
JL Vergnon Conversation Brut Grand Cru, 150cl NV 150CL 900 BH 93
JL Vergnon Expression Extra Brut Grand Cru, 300cl 2010 300CL 2400
Louis Roederer Vintage Champagne Extra Brut 1949 37.5CL 4380
Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2002 75CL 5500

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