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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
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    NON-VINTAGE
CHAMPAGNE
 
    NV = Non 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.

     
30 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

Brut Champagne

Antonio Galloni/JR - (60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir): Light yellow-gold. Ripe pear and nectarine scents are sharpened and lifted by hints of citrus zest and smoky minerals. On the palate, fresh orchard and citrus fruit flavours deepen and spread out with air while picking up a smoky, leesy quality. Finishes supple and long, with repeating pear and lees notes. Forty percent of this blend is reserve wines, by the way.
NV £29.00  



AG90
2015-22

In Gift-Box



 

22 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

Blanc de Blanc
Brut Champagne

Antonio Galloni/JR -
Pale yellow. Orange zest, lemongrass, jasmine and chalky minerals on the perfumed nose, with a hint of white pepper adding lift.  Juicy, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit flavours are fleshed out by suggestions of melon and honey, putting on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. Spicy and focused on the very long, mineral-driven finish, which leaves chalky mineral and floral notes behind.
NV £35.00  



AG92
2015-22

In Gift-Box




 

11 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

 ROSÉ Brut Champagne

         Antonio Galloni/JR - (85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir): Bright orange-pink. Smoky, lees-tinged aromas of ripe red berries, orange zest and honey, with a hint of chamomile in the background. Juicy, penetrating redcurrant and tangerine flavours are braced and lifted by juicy acidity. Stretches out and gains flesh on the finish, which leaves suave floral pastille and berry skin notes behind.
The marriage of richness and tension here will make this Champagne very flexible with food.
NV £32.00  



AG91
2015-22

In Gift-Box



 

           
    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.
     
46 75cl 'SPECIAL CUVEE'
Brut NV Champagne
BOLLINGER

Antonio Galloni -
The NV Brut Special Cuvee is fabulous. Hints of pears, pastry crust and hazelnut lead to an expansive core of fruit. There is plenty of the signature Bollinger oxidative style in this rich, enveloping Champagne. Once again the Special Cuvee is one of the best Champagnes in its price range
NV £32.00  


AG91
2013-18



 

           
    CHARLES HEIDSIECK
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's historic houses founded some 150 years ago.
Top quality!
     
37 75cl  Champagne Brut 'Reserve'
CHARLES HEIDSIECK

Antonio Galloni/Josh Raynolds -
Bright yellow. Potent smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by notes of tarragon, toasted brioche and pungent flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy pear and nectarine flavours and a bracing kick of chalky minerals. This rich yet lively Champagne finishes with very good thrust and length and repeating smokiness.
NV £32.00  




AG/JR91
2016-24


 

 

           
    COLLARD-PICARD
A top quality Champagne House - we strongly recommend you try a bottle of this excellent Champagne!
     
29 75cl  Champagne Brut
'Cuvee Prestige'
Collard-Picard

 "A gleaming, quiveringly good chardonnay-based champagne (with 25% pinot meunier and 25% pinot noir). It is both luscious and taut, like a lemon tart from an expensive patisserie, with exquisite pastry and sharp, icing sugar-dusted, filling. In contrast to the nice but forgettable supermarket bottles that have flooded our lives, Collard-Picard Cuvée Prestige pauses the world. A sip is a proper sliver of luxury." Victoria Moore, Telegraph Weekend, April 11, 2015
NV £35.00  



2016-25
 

 

           
    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.
     
24 75cl Blanc de Noirs
'Les Crayeres' Vieille Vignes
Grand Cru Brut Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

Antonio Galloni -
A total rock star wine, the NV Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres VV emerges from the old-vine Crayeres lieu-dit in Ambonnay. Rich, deep and explosive in the glass, the Crayeres boasts superb intensity and richness, with all of the weight of these 70+ year-old vines and 60 months of sur-lie aging in the glass. Wild flowers, honey, red berries, smoke, liquorice, game and chalk are pushed forward in a warm, resonant Champagne that captures the essence of Ambonnay. Slightly oxidative notes from the 64 months the wine spent on its lees add character, while a touch of oak is barely noticeable and only in the wine's overall feel. This is just about as good as it gets.
NV £92.00 AG95
2014-24
           
    KRUG
This Champagne House together with Dom Perignon must surely be the best known of the Luxury champagne brands.

In terms of winemaking, a key factors is that malo-lactic fermentation is not practiced and, as Olivier Krug himself stated, “micro-oxygenation is part of Krug.”
Everything at Krug is fermented in used, small oak casks; It is generally believe that Krug are the only major Champagne house still doing this.

 
    TOP QUALITY
Please Try!
11 75cl KRUG GRANDE CUVEE
EDITION 163

Brut NV Champagne

Wine Spectator- This mouth-watering Champagne shows a lovely sense of finesse, with firm acidity deftly married to a rich profile of crème de cassis, toasted brioche and lime blossom, accented by hints of café au lait, singed orange peel and exotic spice. Long and plush on the finish. Disgorged 2014
NV £133.00

WS95
2017-26

 

           
    VARNIER-FANNIERE
Great value producer in Avize; with good minerality with multi-dimensional flavours.
     
29 75cl CUVEE ST DENIS
Grand Cru
Blanc de Blanc NV Champagne
VARNIER-FANNIERE

Antonio Galloni -
Denis Varnier's NV Brut Cuvée St. Denis is an exceptional wine endowed with superb depth, crystalline purity and fabulous overall balance. Lemon oil, pastry, white flowers and crushed rocks all literally jump out of the glass in this beautifully expressive Champagne. The St. Denis remains bright, floral and perfumed throughout, showing a slightly brighter side of Chardonnay than the Jean Fannière. The Cuvée St. Denis, from a parcel with 70+ year old vines in Avize, is stunning today. This release is equal parts 2009 and 2008 vintages, disgorged in May 2013. Dosage was 7 grams/liter.
NV £35.00 A TOP Small Grower Champagne; that focuses on QUALITY not quantity!

AG94
2014-25
 
           
    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.
     
12 75cl 'SPECIAL CLUB'
Brut Vintage Champagne
MARC HEBRART

The 2010 Vintage has not been reviewed yet; but the 2009 review will give you an idea of the quality of this cuvee.

RP/Stephan Reinhardt:
The Special Club is the top cuvée of Marc Hebrart and the pale yellow 2009 is a really subtle and highly elegant and refined Champagne full of expression and personality. Bright, fresh and precise on the nose where citrus flavours are intertwined with chalk powder and lovely pip fruit aromas, the palate is rich and intense but also pure and extremely delicate due to a light and refined mousseux. Firmly and minerally structured the finish is very complex, persistent and stimulating. Still young and a little bit sweet this is an excellent Champagne with a very good aging potential.
 
2010 £38.00  

 

 

RP/SR92+
2014-24


 

 

5 75cl 'SPECIAL CLUB'
Brut Vintage Champagne
PIERRE GIMONNET

DECANTER -
The best value sparkling wine of any kind that I have tasted in the past five years. In all its raw youthful innocence, this is the epitome of introverted, tightly coiled restraint. A beguiling transparency of pure acid drive propels an incredible finish that splashes long and strong with breathtaking, scintillating, crystalline minerality. This is a cuvee of effortless poise and boundless energy - Dec 2015, Decanter Magazine.
2008 £62.00  



DEC97
2019-38

TOP Champagne Vintage


 

 

35 75cl 'SPECIAL CLUB'
Brut Vintage Champagne
GASTON CHIQUET

Antonio Galloni -
Chiquet’s 2005 Brut Special Club is laced with dried pears, cherries, spices, mint and orange peel. This is a fairly soft, open Champagne. Like so many 2005s, it appears to be best suited for drinking over the next few years. Sweet floral and spiced notes are woven together nicely on the attractive, soft finish. The Special Club is 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir.
2005 £34.00  

AG90
2012-22


 

 

7 75cl 'SPECIAL CLUB'
Brut Vintage Champagne
PAUL BARA

Antonio Galloni -
The 2004 Brut Grand Cru "Special Club" is quite forward and open, which makes it an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Dried flowers, dried pear, smoke, almond and lightly honeyed notes meld into the supple, resonant finish. The Special Club is nicely resolved and softened.
2004 £55.00  

AG92
2015-22

TOP Champagne Vintage


 

 

46 75cl 'SPECIAL CLUB' ROSÉ
Brut Vintage Champagne
PAUL BARA

Antonio Galloni -
The 2009 Brut Rosé Grand Cru Special Club is fabulous. Rich, powerful and authoritative, the 2009 hits all the right spots with its creamy yet focused personality. Don't let the pale-coloured hue fool you, this is a serious Rosé endowed with real density and pure power. Hints of chalk, rose petal, cranberry and white pepper lift from the glass, but it is the wine's texture and overall feel that are most impressive. This is a fabulous showing. The 2009 is 65% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay and 8% still Pinot.
2009 £59.00  

AG94
2015-22


 

 

           
    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.

     
17 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

Brut Vintage Champagne

Very first vintage release.
Top Champagne; will reward laying down.
Not reviewed yet.
2006 £135.00  


2018-2030


 

           
    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.
     
35 75cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Antonio Galloni:
Bollinger's 2007 Brut La Grande Année is quite pretty. Elegant, restrained and understated in style, the 2007 is one of the more delicate young Grande Années I can remember tasting. Mid-weight structure and silky texture only reinforce that impression. Lemon oil, red berry, dried flowers and chamomile open up nicely, but it is the wine's overall feel that stands out most. Best of all, the 2007 will drink well with no cellaring.
 
2007 £65.00  



AG93
2017-32


 

21 75cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Antonio Galloni: Bollinger's 2004 Brut La Grand Année is a beautiful wine with a lot of vintage character, but the style is a bit less oxidative than Bollinger fans are likely to expect. Pears, hazelnuts, spices and crushed rocks all flow through to the tense, vibrant finish. It will be interesting to see if the 2004 puts on weight in the bottle, as so many wines from this vintage have. Today, it is bright, linear and quite pretty. Green apples, pears and flowers all add lift on the close.

2004 £74.00  



AG95
2014-29

In Gift Packs


 

26 75cl RD 'EXTRA BRUT'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

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. My sense is that the 2002 will be at its best between the ages of 20 and 30.

2002 £138.00  


AG95
2020-35



 

29 75cl RD 'EXTRA BRUT'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Richard Juhlin: Nobody can be disappointed here. Perhaps, 2004, is not one of the most heroic vintages but on the other hand it is one of the most classic. The very essence of the RD concept is to try to capture a wine's optimal maturity along with maximum freshness. The intensity of the mature layers of dark chocolate, tobacco, black truffles from Vaucluse and a melancholy hiking in the moist autumn forest is impressive. The mousse may struggle to reach the surface of the glycerol rich essence of wine. Nevertheless, it tingles of lust on the tongue when stringency, chalk and jingling pure acids dance over the finish line.

2004 £140.00  


RJ96
2022-38



 

           
    DELAMOTTE
Antonio Galloni - Delamotte is one of Champagne’s oldest houses. The domaine lies next-door to its sister estate, Salon, which makes one of Champagne’s most iconic wines. Both properties are run by General Manager Didier Depond, and the winemaking is overseen by chef de caves Michel Fauconnet. The wines at both properties are made separately, but in years in which Depond and Fauconnet decide to forgo making Salon, that wine is sometimes added to the Delamotte bottlings.
 
     
81 75cl BLANC de BLANCS
Vintage Champagne
DELAMOTTE

Antonio Galloni:
Delamotte’s 2007 Blanc de Blancs is deep, fleshy and seductive, with lovely textural depth and nuance throughout. The 2007 is a relatively soft, open-knit Delamotte that will drink well upon release. I especially admire the wine's sense of balance and overall proportion, two of the many qualities that give the 2007 its considerable appeal
2007 £54.00 AG92
2016-27
           
    DE  SAINT GALL
Richard Juhlin - The cooperative's wines are ingredients in, for example, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Grand Siècle, and Dom Pérignon.  ....  The cuvée de prestige Orpale is a stunning wine that I buy every new vintage and the 2002 is no exception.
 
     
18 75cl CUVEE ORPALE
BLANC de BLANCS

Vintage Champagne
DE SAINT GALL

James Suckling:
This is really rich and incredible with layers of fruit and a fresh finish. A pure chardonnay that shows wonderful depth of fruit and length. Very vinous. Comte de Champagne competitor from a cooperative. Don't miss it. www.jamessuckling.com
2002 £62.00 JS96
2015-32

TOP Vintage; and TOP Value compared to some of the more famous names.

           
    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.
     
34 75cl GRAND CRU BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

NOT yet reviewed; but a more forward vintage than 2004.
2005 £79.00 2015-25
13 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 £95.00 AG93
2015-26

TOP Champagne Vintage

 

           
    PIERRE GIMONNET
Gimonnet Champagnes are marked by their tension and pulsating energy. Readers will find terrific interpretations of Côtes des Blancs Chardonnay in this range.” - Antonio Galloni
    A TOP Champagne House - highly recommended!
43 75cl BRUT FLEURON
Brut Vintage Champagne
GIMONNET

Antonio Galloni -
The 2009 Brut Fleuron is round, voluptuous and racy. Explosive and spherical on the palate, the 2009 exudes richness, with plenty of the radiance of the year on display. Tropical inflections abound in a deep, boisterous Champagne that feels very ripe by Gimonnet standards. Still, there is so much to like, especially the way the wine maintains so much freshness given its intensity.
2009 £35.00  




AG95
2016-28


 

 

           
    GOSSET
This Champagne House dates back to the 16th Century. They produce powerful and vibrant champagnes, that lend themselves as a good combination to white meat dishes.
    A TOP Champagne House - highly recommended!
14 75cl CELEBRIS EXTRA BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
GOSSET

Antonio Galloni -
Magnificent in its complexity and pure breeding, the 2002 Extra Brut Celebris has it all. The Extra Brut style confers the signature Gosset drive, while extended time on the lees has given the wine just enough texture and body to fill out nicely. In the meantime, the aromas and flavours have mellowed into those that are typical of Champagne entering the first plateau of its maturity.
The 2002 is vinous, fleshy and super-expressive, yet retains striking freshness throughout. Candied lemon peel, apricot jam, honey, mint, spices and sage form a compelling fabric of flavours and textures in a knock-out Champagne that is peaking today.
The 2002 is 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir from vineyards in Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzy, Chouilly and Cramant.
2002 £85.00  




AG96
2015-28


 

 

           
    GUY CHARLEMAGNE
Guy Charlemagne is a Champagne grower from Mesnil that, for expert Richard Juhlin, makes “some of the purest Champagnes on the market.” The Mesnillésime is the flagship of the house and to Juhlin “a wine for every serious collector.”
    A TOP Champagne House - highly recommended!
34 75cl CUVEE MESNILLESIME
Brut Vintage Champagne
Guy Charlemagne

This Champagne has not been reviewed yet.
From
prized 60 year old Grand Cru vines and made in a style to perfectly encapsulates the purity, finesse and elegance of the best wines of this famous village, this is Blanc de Blancs with a phenomenal future ahead.
2008 £60.00  




2018-32

TOP Vintage!


 

 

           
    CHARLES HEIDSIECK
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's historic houses founded some 150 years ago.
Top quality!
     
18 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 £72.00  




EA96
2018-30


 

 

9 75cl 'BLANC des MILLENAIRES'
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
CHARLES HEIDSIECK

Antonio Galloni -
The 1995 Brut Blanc des Millenaires shows just how compelling this often overlooked vintage can be. Layers of lemon, pastry spices, crushed rocks and savoury herbs literally jump from the glass in this exquisite, perfumed, beautifully delineated Champagne. The 1995 shows lovely flavour complexity and nuance from its extended time in bottle, yet it also retains plenty of freshness, verve and acidity. This is a great showing from Charles Heidsieck.
1995 £142.00  




AG95
2012-25


 

 

48 75cl 'BLANC des MILLENAIRES'
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
CHARLES HEIDSIECK

JancisRobinson.com -
Strongly green tone. Even slightly oily on the nose – dramatic. Real bite and class. Great balance. Tiny bead. Super-elegant but not wimpy. Makes you salivate. Slightly salty note on the end. Confident, persistent finish.
 
2004 £145.00  




JR18.5/20
2017-30


 

 

           
    PIPER HEIDSIECK
 
     
6 75cl 'CUVEE RARE'
 Brut Champagne
PIPER HEIDSIECK

Antonio Galloni/JR -
Light, bright gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied orange, pear and ginger, with building floral and spice nuances. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering an array of citrus and floral flavours that become richer with air. A hint of nuttiness arrives on the finish, which is spicy, focused and very long. This Champagne seems set for a long life.
2002 £140.00  




AG/JR93
2015-35


 

 

           
    MOET  & CHANDON
Famous champagne house best known for its excellent DOM PERIGNON Vintage Champagne Cuvee's
     
1 75cl GRAND VINTAGE
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
Pear, spices, yellow stone fruits and smoke meld together in the Brut Grand Vintage. Rich and ample on the palate, the 2004 impresses for its balance, richness and volume. This bottle is quite a bit fresher and more vibrant than the bottle I reviewed last year. Early signs of development are just now starting to appear, but the flavours remain on the bright side for a ten year-old Champagne. If anything, the 2004 needs a bit more time to fully come together. Overall. this is a terrific showing. The blend is 38% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 29% Pinot Meunier. Disgorged 2012.
2004 £48.00 AG92
2016-29

TOP Vintage; will be a Classic!

24 75cl GRAND VINTAGE
ROSÉ
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
Much more typical of the year, 2004 Brut Grand Vintage Rosé is pure chalk, rhubarb, pomegranate and rose petals. The flavours possess striking delineation and nuance in a style that is all about tension. I very much like the sense of energy here. Stylistically, the Rosé is quite a bit more focused than the Blanc in 2004, with fewer oxidative overtones and plenty of drive. This is a hugely appealing Champagne from Moët Chandon.
2004 £55.00 AG92
2014-24

TOP Vintage; will be a Classic!

24 75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
The 2009 Dom Pérignon is a gorgeous, totally seductive Champagne that will drink well right out of the gate. Medium in body and unusually open-knit at this stage, the 2009 is one of the most accessible young Dom Pérignons I can remember tasting. It is an excellent choice to drink while waiting for the release of the stellar 2008 and some recent vintages that remain very young, including the 2006. Despite the warm, ripe personality of the 2009 Dom Pérignon is quite gracious, but there is plenty of depth underpinning the fruit. With each successive tasting, the 2009 seems to have gained more power and breadth, especially on the finish. Above all else, the 2009 is decidedly restrained for a warm, radiant vintage. It is not as overtly flamboyant as the 2002 nor as phenolically intense as years like 2003 and 2006. Instead, the 2009 is a beautifully balanced Champagne, with all of its elements in the right place.
2009 £112.00 AG94+
2017-49
21 75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
The 2006 Dom Pérignon is a beautifully balanced, harmonious Dom Pérignon that strikes an incredibly appealing stylistic middle ground. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2006 shows off fabulous intensity in a style that brings together the ripeness of 2002 with the greater sense of verve and overall freshness that is such a signature of the 2004.
The 2006 falls into the family of riper, more voluptuous Dom Pérignons, but without veering into the level of opulence seen in vintages such as 2002.
2006 £130.00 AG97
2016-46

TOP Vintage; will be a Classic!

11 75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
One of the stars in this tasting, the 2004 Dom Pérignon is starting to express the potential it hinted at as a young wine. Specifically, the 2004 has gained quite a bit of volume and overall depth within the last few years. The first signs of aromatic nuance are starting to develop, which suggests the 2004 will soon enter its first plateau of maturity.
2004 £120.00 AG97
2017-39

TOP Vintage; will be a Classic!

4 75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
The 2002 Dom Pérignon speaks to opulence and intensity. Rich, layered and voluptuous in the glass, the 2002 shows off its flamboyant personality with flair. Butter, cooked apple and tropically-leaning fruits mesh together effortlessly. Interestingly, with time in the glass the 2002 gains in freshness and energy without losing its essential opulence. The elevated ripeness of the year gives the 2002 Dom Pérignon distinctly Puligny-Montrachet leaning inflections. Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy adds that August that year was hot and very dry. Rain towards the end of the month and into early September freshened the vines and accelerated the final phase of ripening. This is yet another fabulous showing from the 2002, which continues to cement its reputation as a truly epic Dom Pérignon.

IN GIFT-PACKS

2002 £150.00 AG98
2015-42

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".
     
17 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 £64.00
AG94
2015-25

 

           
    PHILIPPONNAT
A TOP Champagne House - The Cuvee 1522 is an excellent way to discover the potential of this Champagne House.
     
18 75cl CUVEE '1522'
Extra Brut Champagne
PHILIPPONNAT

RP/Stephan Reinhardt -
 Mainly from Aÿ (with a bit of Mailly and Oger as well as Cramant) the 2008 Grand Cru Extra Brut 1522 blends 58% Pinot Noir with 42% Chardonnay and opens with a concentrated tropical fruit aroma (pineapples, stone fruits, almonds) but remains precise and chalky as well as spicy on the nose. Full-bodied, fresh and clear on the palate, with nutty and lingering mineral flavours, this is a very complex and firmly structured yet very delicate and expressively mineral Champagne with a long and tight finish.
2008 £78.00
RP/ST94
2020-40

 

           
    POL ROGER
Winston Churchill loved the Champagne from PR - a great recommendation!
 
    One of the UK's favourite  Champagne Houses - highly recommended!
60 75cl POL ROGER BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
POL ROGER

Jancis Robinson MW -
Rich, creamy nose - super-seductive. Very different from the rigour of the 2008. Come on in, it says. Noticeably ripe and absolutely ready with relatively but not dangerously low acidity. A throat-soother with good undertow and medium body. Neat and friendly.
2009 £55.00  




JR17/20
2017-23

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28 75cl POL ROGER BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
POL ROGER

Jancis Robinson MW -
Really quite broad and ripe on the nose with mildly floral notes and a hint of putty. Really very dramatic! Even a hint of marzipan. Creamy texture with a little bruised apple acidity. Admirably long. Really exciting. Is this a worthy successor to the 2002? Dink 2017-2030.
2008 £59.00  




JR18/20
2017-30


 

 

           
    POMMERY
An excellent champagne house; their top 'Cuvee Louise' is a wonderful champagne with great character and a lovely soft mouth feel, without being too acidic.
     
3 75cl CUVEE LOUISE
Brut Vintage Champagne
POMMERY

Wine Spectator -
There's an understated vibrancy to this well-integrated wine, with pastry, green pear, fresh greens and lemon zest notes shaping its subtle layers of flavour. A briny minerality runs through the wine, emerging on the smoke-tinged finish
1999 £88.00

WS92
2011-27

We highly recommend this Champagne!

 

           
    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".
18 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 £88.00

AG96
2018-47

 

7 75cl COMTES de CHAMPAGNE
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
TAITTINGER

Antonio Galloni - The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making.
2006 £95.00

AG97+
2016-46

 

19 75cl COMTES de CHAMPAGNE
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
TAITTINGER

Antonio Galloni - Taittinger fans will want to stock away at least a few bottles of the 2005 Comtes de Champagne, if nothing else to satisfy the urge while some of the more important recent vintages continue to age in the cellar.
The 2005 is immediate, deep and nicely textured, with overt fruit and fewer of the intense floral, mineral-driven notes that are typical.
The first signs of aromatic development appear to off on the horizon by a few years, but at the same time, I don't expect the 2005 to be one of the more long-lived vintages here. Comtes de Champagne remains the best value in grand marque Tête de Cuvée Champagne.
2005 £85.00

AG93
2014-25

 

11 75cl COMTES de CHAMPAGNE
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
TAITTINGER

Antonio Galloni - I am thrilled with the way the 2004 Comtes de Champagne continues to evolve in bottle. A few years ago, the 2004 was quite focused and linear, in the style of the vintage, but more recently, the wine has begun to fill out beautifully. The 2004 remains bright, with a full range of citrus, white flower and mineral nuances that dance on the palate. A brisk, saline-infused finish rounds things out beautifully in a Comtes that impresses for its crystalline purity. I expect the 2004 will always remain a bit cool next to the more opulent 2002, but it is still drop-dead gorgeous.
2004 £108.00
AG96
2014-34
10 75cl COMTES de CHAMPAGNE
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
TAITTINGER

Antonio Galloni - Taittinger's 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is off the charts.
I have tasted the 2002 now many times, and it has never been less than thrilling.
A vivid kaleidoscope of pure Chardonnay aromas and flavours opens up in the glass. The 2002 is at once incredibly rich yet also totally weightless and impeccable in its balance. All the classic Comtes notes are there, but with a level of detail and nuance I don't think I have ever seen before. The 2002 is breathtakingly beautiful today, but also appears to have the stuffing to age for decades.  Readers who can track down the 2002 are in store for something truly great.
2002 £180.00 AG98
2013-42
           
           

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