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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.eRobertparker.com or from the Wine Spectator (WS) from www.Winespectator.com or from
Antonio Galloni (AG) and taken from his web site www.vinousmedia.com
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    NON-VINTAGE
CHAMPAGNE
 
    NV = Non Vintage
    BOLLINGER
Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Over the years the vineyard holdings have been steadily increased with the largest expansion taking place under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. She ran the company between1941 and 1977 and today it is managed by her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier.

Bollinger produces classic, complex, Pinot-Noir dominated champagnes with considerable ageing potential.
     
34 75cl SPECIAL CUVEE
Brut Champagne
BOLLINGER

RP/William Kelley - Disgorged in the second half of 2019, the latest release of Bollinger's NV Brut Special Cuvée is based on the 2015 vintage, complemented by around 60% reserve wines. The wine is still quite tightly wound after its recent disgorgement, opening in the glass with notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, freshly baked bread, clear honey and orange peel, with little sign of the nuttiness to come with bottle age. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, muscular and incipiently textural, with a deep core, ripe acids and a pinpoint mousse. This isn't the most incisive vintage of Special Cuvée, but it's powerful and vinous and will have fine gastronomic potential with a little bottle age.
NV £38.00  



RP/WK91+
2020-29





 

13 75cl 'BOLLINGER PN VZ 15'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Vinous.com/Antonio Galloni -
A fabulous Champagne, the NV PN VZ 15 is a new wine from Bollinger and the first addition to the range in over a decade. As the name implies, it is a 100% Pinot Noir built on a core of fruit from Verzenay and based on the 2015 vintage.

Bright and vibrant on the palate, the PN VZ 15 captures all of the Pinot richness that is such a Bollinger signature but with the freshness and verve that make Pinots from Verzenay so distinctive. Rich red fruit, mint, dried flower and spice notes play off bright acids and veins of saline-drenched minerals in a display of aromas, flavours and textures that dazzle all the senses. Think of it as a baby VVF, but with the tension of Verzenay. The blend is approximately 50% Verzenay and 50% Aÿ, Bouzy and Louvois, done about half in steel and half in oak.

NV 72.00  



AG94
2020-30


 

           
    CHARLES HEIDSIECK

This is an excellent address for quality NV Champagne, at a fair price!

RP/William Kelley: This is one of my favourite houses in Champagne, and after a period when their quality flew under the radar, it seems that more and more consumers are finally taking notice. Defined by the use of important volumes of old reserve wines and long aging sur lattes, the house style is complex, concentrated and immensely appealing. While the price of the flagship Brut Réserve has crept up in recent years, it's now an open secret that it continues to offer some of the best value in the region.

 

     
22 75cl BRUT RESERVE
Brut Champagne
CHARLES HEIDSIECK

RP/William Kelley - Complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve is showing very well, opening up in the glass with notes of green apple, dried white flowers, pear, candied peel and walnuts.
On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack and a racier, tighter-knit core than either the 2012- or 2010-base renditions, displaying good concentration and underlying richness. This is a bottling that continues to punch above its weight and which both merits and rewards a few years in the cellar before opening.
NV £34.00  



RP/WK91
2020-35

This wine is remarkable due to the inclusion of 40% reserve wines from a multitude of vintages and a minimum of 3 years ageing in vast chalk cellars in Reims.



 

           
    VINTAGE
CHAMPAGNE
 
     
    CHAMPAGNE 'SPECIAL CLUB ' SERIES
Is a unique consortium of 26 Grower-Producers who all bottle their Top Vintage releases under the
Special Club
label.
     
24 75cl 'SPECIAL CLUB'
Brut Vintage Champagne
PAUL BARA
2012 £69.00  

Not Reviewed
Yet; but always a great buy!

TOP Champagne Vintage
 


 

 

           
    CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD


The name Rothschild is a guaranty of excellence in more than one field, starting with that of wine.

Associated with some of the most prestigious wines in France and the world, it is a family name which refers to a tradition combining expertise and a sense of innovation.
Its representatives have close and long-standing relationships with the leading families in the Champagne region and have united once again to honour it by taking up the challenge to launch the Maison de Champagne Barons de Rothschild.

     
15 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

Blanc de Blancs

Very first vintage release.
Top Champagne; will reward laying down.
Not reviewed yet.
2006 £160.00  


2018-2030


 

           
    BILLECART-SALMON

This is a Top Champagne House, their vintage cuvee's can be especially recommended.
     
10 75cl CUVEE LOUIS SALMON
Blanc de Blancs
BILLECART-SALMON

jancisrobinson.com -
Deep greenish gold. Lime zest and layers of creaminess. Great balance (dosage 7 g/l apparently) and still pretty youthful. Just starting to open out. None of the oak that was evident on the nose when I tasted it before. Very much a Blanc de Blancs. Zesty rather than rich.
2007 £120.00  


JR17/20
2019-27


 

           
    BOLLINGER
Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Over the years the vineyard holdings have been steadily increased with the largest expansion taking place under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. She ran the company between1941 and 1977 and today it is managed by her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier.

Bollinger produces classic, complex, Pinot-Noir dominated champagnes with considerable ageing potential.
     
42 75cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Richard Juhlin:
I love the magical moment when I get the chance, as the first journalist, to lighten the cork of the latest vintage of Bollinger La Grande Année…….The wine is made from 21 villages with Aÿ and Verzenay in the driver's seat backed by elegance from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry. The wine is characterized by vitality and energy more than depth at present. The colour has a brilliant golden glow and the mousse is almost panting in its resilient youthfulness. The scent is beautifully house typical, dominated by apricot, almond, hazelnut and a smoky sophisticated intensity as from a newly lit outdoor fire.
The attack is stunningly intense and the weight in the oral cavity leaves nothing left to wish for.
Resilient energy and fullness are combined with greatness. Anyone who has patience will be rewarded with truffled flavour layers, chocolate saturated complexity and added exoticism of honeysuckle in the wine's bouquet.
2012 95.00  



RJ95
2020-35


 

12 75cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE'
 
ROSÉ Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Essi Avellan MW, essiavellan.com - At this point of youthfulness the pink colour is rather rich and bright. Lovely clean and fruit-forward nose with fresh red berry aromas mixing with spice and orange notes. Quite shyly evolved with much more to surface on the complexity front. Today there is attractive exuberant fruitiness and perfect creamy freshness. Promising palate with power and persistence where an overall harmony enhances the feeling of sophistication.
2012 £105.00  



EA97
2020-35


 

36 75cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Vinous.com/Antonio Galloni:
Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavour and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per litre.
2008 £130.00  



AG97
2020-48


 

29 75cl EXTRA BRUT RD
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

RP/Stefan Reinhardt:
Fermented in oak barrels and aged under natural corks for almost 13 years, Bollinger's 2004 R. D. Extra Brut blends 66% Pinot Noir with 34% Chardonnay from 16 crus, 88% of which are classified as Grand Cru. The wine opens with a very clear, deep, rich and aromatic but also pure and mineral-fresh nose of crushed rocks, cherries, brioche, pain aux raisin, white nougat, chalk and ripe, yellow-fleshed fruits. Highly elegant and complex on the weightless yet persistent and salty palate, this is an intense, densely woven, firmly structured yet elegant, beautifully refined and refreshing "recent disgorgement" (February 2018) that reveals just a kiss of oxidative flavours that adds even more complexity. A great Champagne on its way to improve over many years in the bottle.
2004 £138.00  



RP/SR97
2018-34


 

34 75cl EXTRA BRUT RD
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Vinous.com/Antonio Galloni:
The most remarkable thing about the 2002 Extra Brut R.D. is how tense and structured it is. Despite having been disgorged over two years ago, the 2002 is very much tightly wound. After several hours, the power and resonance of the vintage start to come through, along with the natural richness of Pinot from Aÿ. Whereas most 2002 Champagnes are quite ripe in profile, the 2002 R.D. has plenty of depth, but it is depth through concentration as opposed to elevated ripeness. The low dosage style further adds to that sensation. Hints of chamomile, sage, dried flower and red fruits emerge over time, but only with reluctance. I would prefer to cellar the 2002 for at least a few years. If that is not possible, readers should open the wine at least a few hours in advance. Even so, the 2002's best drinking lies somewhere in the future.
2002 £156.00  



AG95
2020-32


 

           
    EGLY-OURIET
Antonio Galloni - A meticulous approach to farming, long aging on the lees and a focus on well exposed sites forms the quality basis of this house.
These are some of the richest, most vinous Champagnes you will come across.
     
6 75cl GRAND CRU BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

NOT yet reviewed; but a more forward vintage than 2004.
2005 £80.00 2015-25

BIN END
PRICE!

3 75cl GRAND CRU BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

Antonio Galloni -
The 2004 Brut Grand Cru Millésime is precise and delineated in the glass, with plenty of cut and overall verve. Crushed flowers, candied lemon, white flowers, almonds, mint and anise are all finely-knit in this chiselled, crystalline Champagne.
A precise, saline finish rounds things out nicely. The mid-weight, linear style is very much in keeping with the personality of the year.
2004 £110.00 AG93
2015-26

BIN END
PRICE!

 

 

           
    CHARLES HEIDSIECK
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's historic houses founded some 150 years ago.
Top quality!
     
15 75cl Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime
CHARLES HEIDSIECK

Essi Avellan MW -
Deep golden colour. Highly creamy nose with emerging toasty opulence. Full of luscious, ripe fruit. Opens beautifully in the glass. There is impressive generosity on the mouth-filling, oily palate, boosted by concentrated, age-mellowed fruitiness. Long, almost chewy but appropriately fresh finish. Finely balanced at 10g/l dosage.
2006 £70.00  




EA96
2018-30


 

 

22 75cl 'BLANC des MILLENAIRES'
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
CHARLES HEIDSIECK

RP/William Kelley -
Disgorged in November 2017 after 13 years on the lees, the stunning 2004 Blanc des Millénaires is a worthy successor to the 1995. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of green apple, pear, brioche and fresh pastry that are framed by a lovely smoky, autolytic top note, the wine is full-bodied, ample and concentrated, with ripe acids, superb depth at the core and a textural, vinous quality while remaining very classical in profile. The finish is long and expansive. A blend of Chardonnay from Cramant, Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Vertus, it saw nine grams per litre dosage. This is a terrific blanc de blancs from Charles Heidsieck that has a long and glorious future ahead of it.
2004 £132.00  




RP/WK95
2020-40


 

 

           
    LOUIS ROEDERER
Famous champagne house, best known for its excellent CRISTAL Vintage Champagne - this is one of the most ambitious and exciting producers in Champagne today.
     
6 75cl CRISTAL
Brut Vintage Champagne
LOUIS ROEDERER

Vinous.com/Antonio Galloni -
The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that.
2012 £168.00 AG98
2022-52
6 75cl CRISTAL
Brut Vintage Champagne
LOUIS ROEDERER

Vinous.com/Antonio Galloni -
The 2008 Cristal is one of the most complete, most dazzling Champagnes I have ever tasted. A stunning wine from any and all perspectives, the 2008 simply has it all. Spherical in construction, with superb persistence. The 2008 takes hold of all the senses and never gives up. One of the many things that makes the 2008 special is a combination of ripe fruit and bright, piercing acidity. Marzipan, lemon confit, dried flowers and orchard fruit all build into the explosive, resonant finish. “We learned from the mistakes of 1996, when we picked more on acid than ripeness, as was the norm in Champagne back then” Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon told me recently. “In 1996, the best fruit turned out to be the last picks, where the fruit was physiologically ripe. Today, we aim to pick all our fruit with that criteria.”
2008 £160.00 AG99
2020-50
           
    MOET  & CHANDON
Famous champagne house best known for its excellent DOM PERIGNON Vintage Champagne Cuvee's
     
29 75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
The 2009 Dom Pérignon is open, seductive and radiant, as it has always been. Soft curves, mid-weight structure and tons of plain allure make the 2009 impossible to resist in its youth. This bottle, the best I have tasted so far, offers a distinct citrus and floral-driven profile that adds a good deal of brightness. Above all else, the 2009 is a gorgeous Champagne to drink now and over the next few decades. This is the first time in the house’s history that a vintage was not released sequentially.
2009 £138.00 AG94+
2020-49
18 75cl DOM PERIGNON
LEGACY 'Chef de Cave' Edition
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

www.jancisrobinson.com -
This is a limited edition launched in late 2018 to celebrate the retirement of Richard Geoffroy. The ‘regular’ 2008 will be released early in 2019 and is exactly the same cuvée disgorged a little bit later.

So much more austere than the 2009, and really, really dense! The acidity is so much more obvious and there’s so much packed in there.

 

2008 £165.00 JR19.5/20
2020-58
Reserved
for
Client
75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
The 2008 Dom Pérignon is fabulous, but quite remarkably, it was even more open when I tasted it a year ago. Bright, focused and crystalline in its precision, the 2008 is going to need a number of years before it is at its best. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the 2008 its chiselled, bright profile. Several recent bottles have all been magnificent. What I admire most about the 2008 is the way it shows all the focus, translucence and energy that is such a signature of the year, and yet it is also remarkably deep and vertical. In other words, the 2008 is a Champagne that plays in three dimensions.
2008 £130.00 AG98+
2020-58
16 75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
Another stellar wine, the 2004 Dom Pérignon is just starting to show the first signs of aromatic development, as well as a bit of added weight it did not have as a young wine. The 2004 remains a bright, mid-weight DP built on persistence and length more than overt volume. I have always had a soft spot for the 2004. This tasting does nothing to dampen that enthusiasm.
2004 £150.00 AG97
2019-30

TOP Vintage; will be a Classic
 

           
    PAUL BARA
According to the expert Champagne critic Richard Juhlin: "Paul Bara is a legend.....his Champagne is of world class".
     
18 75cl COMTESSE MARIE de FRANCE
Brut Vintage Champagne
PAUL BARA

Antonio Galloni -
The 2004 Brut Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France is beautifully focused in the glass, with much of the pure energy and verve that is missing in the Special Club. The interplay of freshness from the year allied to the inherent vinous richness of Bouzy Pinot Noir yields a striking Champagne that truly dazzles.
This is a knock-out from Paul Bara. The Comtesse Marie de France is 100% Pinot Noir from the estate's oldest vines.
Disgorged: January 2015.
2004 £55.00
AG94
2015-25

 

           
    POL ROGER
Winston Churchill loved the Champagne from PR - a great recommendation!
 
    One of the UK's favourite  Champagne Houses - highly recommended!
12 75cl POL ROGER BRUT
Blanc de Blancs Champagne
POL ROGER

RP/Stephan Reinhardt
-
Great elegance and finesse already on the perfectly brilliant and aromatic nose shows Pol Roger's 2008 Blanc de Blancs Brut, displaying white and stewed apples with fine citrus flavours and discreet chalky aromas. The palate is dense and citric, as if limes and lemons are squeezed on a chalky rock. The purity, power and intensity is as remarkable, as is the finesse and persistence of the bubbles, the mousse on the palate and the long, persistent finish. Dosed with seven grams per litre, this extraordinary Blanc de Blanc Brut tastes drier than the Réserve Brut, but reveals a perfect ripeness of yellow fruits. The finish is lovely aromatic and intense, but also clear, fresh, firm and absolutely stimulating. This is a great Blanc de Blancs from the Grand Cru villages of Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger.
2012 £72.00  


RP95
2016-27

 

 

12 75cl POL ROGER BRUT
Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill Champagne
POL ROGER

RP/William Kelley
-
Pol Roger's 2009 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill has turned out very well, offering up a demonstrative bouquet of golden apples, clear honey, hazelnuts and fresh pastry that's still quite primary. Full-bodied, fleshy and textural, it's deep and concentrated, with an ample core of fruit, ripe but racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. This is an expressive, deceptively immediate rendition of this bottling, yet despite its charm out of the gates, readers willing to wait at least five years will be rewarded with significant additional complexity.
2009 £175.00  


RP95+
2023-50

 

 

           
    TAITTINGER
The Taittinger Comtes de Champagne white is always a Blanc de Blancs (100% chardonnay), and only produced in the best vintages; recent top vintages are 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
    Antonio Galloni - "Comtes de Champagne remains the best value in grand marque Tête de Cuvée Champagne".
15 75cl COMTES de CHAMPAGNE
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
TAITTINGER

Antonio Galloni - Taittinger's 2007 Comtes de Champagne will be nearly impossible to resist upon release. Soaring aromatics, mid-weight structure and soft contours give the 2007 its alluring personality. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, chamomile and green pear add brightness and freshness throughout, with a persistent, clean finish that makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Today, the 2007 comes across as a slightly more open version of the 2004, with freshness that makes that wine so appealing, and a touch of textural richness that recalls the 2002. Although the 2007 does not have the explosive energy or verticality of the profound 2006, it will drink better earlier. The 2007 has been positively brilliant on the three occasions I have tasted it so far.
2007 £86.00

AG96
2018-47

 

           
           

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