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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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    ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE

NYETIMBER

 
    NO, this is NOT Champagne; But I felt I had to list it here, because it's quality is so good, that it will give many a  good NV Champagne a run for its money!

Please Try It!

2 75cl NYETIMBER
'CLASSIC CUVEE'

ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE

The nose is mineral, fresh and flinty, with hints of citrus and a light bready note. The palate is vibrant with refreshing acidity, cool lemon and stone fruit, a real flinty minerality and even light floral notes. There is real purity and clarity here which is heightened by the fine, persistent mousse. The fruit and acidity are perfectly in balance on the mid palate, giving real precision and focus.
The finish is long and delicious, this Bubbly really does represent exceptional value for money!
2010 £25.00  



2016-27




 

           
    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.

     
35 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

Brut NV 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 £35.00  



AG90
2015-22

In Gift-Box



 

23 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

Blanc de Blanc NV 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 £47.00  



AG92
2015-22

In Gift-Box




 

11 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

 ROSÉ NV 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 £47.00  



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.
     
30 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 £31.00  


AG91
2013-18



 

5 75cl ROSÉ
Brut NV Champagne
BOLLINGER

Wine Spectator -
This refined rosé shows verve, offering finely meshed flavours of dried black cherry and pomegranate fruit, with notes of almond skin, gingerbread, honey and candied orange zest. A vein of smoky minerality gains momentum on the lasting finish.
NV £35.00  


WS93
2012-22



 

           
    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.
     
22 75cl BRUT GRAND CRU TRADITION
Brut NV Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

Antonio Galloni -
The NV Brut Grand Cru Tradition, Egly-Ouriet's entry-level Champagne, is terrific. Rich, burnished and beautifully expressive, the Grand Cru Tradition flows across the palate with succulent yellow stone fruits, spices, dried flowers and rosemary. The broad, resonant style is hugely appealing and so typical of the Egly-Ouriet house style. This is a great showing. The Grand Cru Tradition is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, all from sites in Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay.
NV £35.00 AG93
2013-22
16 75cl BRUT GRAND CRU BLANC de NOIRS LES CRAYERES
Vieilles Vignes

Brut NV Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

Antonio Galloni -
The NV Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Vieilles Vignes is often one of my favourite wines in the Egly lineup, as it is once again this year. Orange peel, apricots, smoke, honey, almonds and dried flowers flesh out in a powerful, imposing Champagne loaded with class and personality. The Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres Vieilles Vignes impresses for its pure power and breath. The aromas and flavours are laced with warm, oxidative overtones, but all of the elements are in the right place. The pure power of Ambonnay Pinot Noir comes through in spades.
NV £85.00 AG94
2013-22
           
    CHARLES HEIDSIECK
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's historic houses founded some 150 years ago.
Top quality!
     
111 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 £25.00  




AG/JR91
2016-22


 

 

           
    JACQUESSON
A good Champagne house making top quality non-vintage champagnes.
     
24 75cl CUVEE 739 Extra Brut
Brut NV Champagne
Jacquesson

RP/Stephan Reinhardt - 
Jacquesson's Cuvée 739 Extra-Brut is is based on the 2011 vintage and 31% Reserve wines, all from Grand and Premier Cru sites in the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. The 739 is an assemblage of 57% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Noir and 22% Meunier, all fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in foudres. The unfiltered wine was disgorged in July 2014 with a dosage of 3.5 grams per liter. Medium-intense in its golden color, the Cuvée 739 shows a clear, deep, rich and complex nose of ripe white fruits, bread, honey wax, and spicy aromas intermixed with refreshing chalk and lemon flavours in the background. Full-bodied, lovely, pure and fresh on the palate, with nutty flavours and a stunningly smooth fruit, this is a full-flavoured, wide open yet very delicate Champagne with a very fine and well structured mineral finish.
It's a great aperitif and food partner for lighter dishes.
NV £32.00 RP/SR92
2016-24
           
    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!
23 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 £150.00

WS95
2017-26

 

5 75cl KRUG GRANDE CUVEE
EDITION 164

Brut NV Champagne

Not Reviewed yet, but this cuvee uses wine from the great 2008 champagne vintage - so has great aging potential.
A wonderful investment for later drinking!
NV £158.00

2018-30

 

           
    TAITTINGER
This is an excellent Independent Champagne House; whose NV has a high proportion of Chardonnay (40%) in the blend, which gives it considerable complexity - no doubt helped by the over 35 different crus that go into making the blend.
     
52 75cl TAITTINGER
Brut NV Champagne

Soft, not overly acidic and lively mouse - great by itself or with a light meal.
NV £19.00

 

 

           
    VARNIER-FANNIERE
Great value producer in Avize; with good minerality with multi-dimensional flavours.
     
40 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
 
           
    VILLE de la REINE
Great value producer; you pay for the champagne, not the name!
     
87 75cl BLANC de BLANC
Grand Cru NV Champagne
VILLE de la REINE

Rudy -
Lovely sparkling bright lemon with a steady stream of fine bubbles, this delightfully elegant champagne combines subtle complexity with an evident ripeness and depth to the high quality fruit.
A fresh acidity lends verve and vibrancy.
NV £17.00
Now-2019

GREAT VALUE!
 

           
    VOUETTE et SORBEE
Great value producer - handmade wines with lots of personality; rich and full-bodied.
     
5 75cl
FIDELE EXTRA BRUT
BLANC de NOIRS (2012)

VOUETTE et SORBEE

Antonio Galloni -
The NV (2012) Extra Brut Fidele is another fabulous wine from Vouette & Sorbée. Here, the richness of Pinot Noir comes through loud and clear in the wine's depth and overall richness. Creamy and beautifully layered throughout, the 2012 hits all the right notes. Red berry, mint, flowers, sweet spices and candy fill out the wine's broad frame effortlessly.
What a gorgeous wine this is. Simply put, the 2012 is a total knock-out.
Disgorged: January 6, 2015.
NV £42.00 A TOP Small Grower Champagne; that focuses on QUALITY not quantity!

AG95
2016-24
 
           
    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.
     
26 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


 

 

74 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 £49.00  



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


 

 

19 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 £48.00  

AG92
2015-22

TOP Champagne Vintage


 

 

48 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.

     
18 75cl CHAMPAGNE
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD

Brut Vintage Champagne

Very first vintage release.
Top Champagne; will reward laying down.
Not reviewed yet.
2006 £142.00  


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

Currently, no wine critic reviews are available.
2007 £62.00  



2017-35



 

39 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 £65.00  



AG96
2013-24



 

4 75cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE ROSÉ'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Antonio Galloni -
The 2004 Brut Rose La Grande Annee is a beautifully focused, vibrant wine endowed with striking minerality and fabulous overall balance. Clean veins of chalkiness run through the fruit in this energetic, taut Rose, while seductive floral notes linger on the finish. The 2004 is 68% Pinot Noir (including 5% still Pinot) and 32% Chardonnay, 89% from Grand Cru villages and 11% from Premier Crus. The 2004 is very young, but it is going to be nearly impossible to resist. It is a dazzling effort from Bollinger. Disgorged September 2011.
2004 £75.00  


AG96
2014-29



 

20 75cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Antonio Galloni -
The 2000 Brut La Grande Annee is a ripe, open wine bursting with generous, expansive fruit. Smoke, minerals, pastry crust and flowers add complexity to the radiant fruit.
The Grande Annee reveals gorgeous depth and a multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic personality that screams of pure breed.
The 2000 will be a fascinating vintage to follow. I am not sure it has the freshness to be an extremely long-lived wine, but it does a fabulous job in capturing the Bollinger house style. The 2000 Grande Annee is 63% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay of which 76% is Grand Cru and 24% is Premier Cru.
2000 £65.00  


AG93
2013-20



 

5 150cl 'LA GRANDE ANNÉE'
Brut Vintage Champagne
BOLLINGER

Antonio Galloni - The 1999 La Grande Annee is a refined, elegant wine with pretty, exotic notes of apricots, peaches, honey, flowers, smoke and toasted oak. There is notable clarity and precision, in a style that is generous and approachable. The 1999 La Grande Annee is 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay, of which 82% came from grand cru vineyards while 18% came from premier cru sites spanning a total of 16 villages. The wine was aged in oak and dosage was 7-9 grams.

 MAGNUMS
 

1999 £235.00  


AG92
2014-22



 

           
    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.
 
     
84 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 £48.00 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.
 
     
35 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 £65.00 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 £78.00 2015-25
16 75cl GRAND CRU BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

RP -
Egly’s 2004 Brut Tradition is mouth-wateringly and mysteriously scented with bacon fat and beef marrow, damp forest, sea breeze and chalk dust, which in their manifestations on a polished though firm palate tug at the cheeks and salivary glands even as they stretch the imagination, the barrels in which this wine matured leaving virtually no trace. There is grip and energy galore here, and I imagine that bottles will be worth following for the better part of a decade, if not beyond. We have here, in my view, a classic example of what Ambonnay – perhaps uniquely among Champagne crus – can deliver, namely a carnal dimension normally only found in red Burgundy or Chablis with striking intensity of mineral flavours.
2004 £88.00 AG94
2013-22
           
    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!
58 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 £33.00  




AG95
2016-28


 

 

           
    GOSSET
Is Champagne's oldest house, tracing its history back to the 16th Century.
All this experience shows in the quality of their champagnes - Power, Purity and Focus.
    A TOP Champagne House - highly recommended!
11 75cl EXTRA BRUT "CELEBRIS"
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 £75.00  




AG96
2015-25


 

 

           
    GUY CHARLEMAGNE
As the outright winner in a recent blind tasting of vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagnes for The World of Fine Wine magazine, the 2004 Guy Charlemagne ‘Mesnillesime’ is a stunning value-for-money buy!
With 18.5 points from the panel it outscored even such illustrious labels as Krug’s Clos du Mesnil 2000, Dom Ruinart 2002 and the mighty Salon 2002.
    A TOP Small Grower Champagne; that focuses on QUALITY not quantity!
16 75cl "CUVEE MESNILLESIME"
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
GUY CHARLEMAGNE

World of Fine Wine tasting panel: - When I give 18.5 points, it means that a wine is not just a great wine, it is also showing great at the time of tasting. For 18.5 points a wine has to sing”
2004 £44.00  




18.5/20.0
2014-25


 

 

           
    CHARLES HEIDSIECK
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's historic houses founded some 150 years ago.
Top quality!
     
31 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 £94.00  




AG95
2012-25


 

 

           
    PIPER HEIDSIECK      
30 75cl 'BRUT CUVEE RARE'
PIPER HEIDSIECK

Wine Spectator -
Impeccably balanced and silky, with finely honed acidity shaping the expansive flavours of toasted brioche, crushed blackberry, lemon preserves and honey, revealing hints of Frangelico liqueur and smoked nut. Rich and vivid, with a lasting finish.
2002 £117.00  




WS97
2016-27


 

 

           
    MOET  & CHANDON
Famous champagne house best known for its excellent DOM PERIGNON Vintage Champagne Cuvee's
     
113 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 £42.00 AG92
2016-29

TOP Vintage; will be a Classic!

30 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 £54.00 AG92
2014-24

TOP Vintage; will be a Classic!

6 75cl DOM PÉRIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
The 2005 Dom Pérignon is incredibly delicate, understated and silky, with gorgeous textural balance and class. Today, the 2005 comes across as a smaller-scaled version of the 2004 in that it is a Dom Pérignon built on finesse rather than the power that characterizes vintages such as 2002 and 2003. Today, the 2005 is a bit inward and not fully expressive, which is a good sign for the future. Still, given its mid-weight structure and previous showings, my impression is that the 2005 is best suited to near and medium-term drinking. Then again, Dom Pérignon has a brilliant track record for aging. Any way you look at it, though, there is little question Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy made one of the two or three Champagne of the vintage in 2005. As I have written previously, 2005 will be a very small release by Dom Pérignon standards. So much so, that the 2006 is likely to be released by the end of 2015.
2005 £104.00 AG95
2015-25

TOP Early Drinking Vintage.

10 75cl DOM PÉRIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

Antonio Galloni -
The 2002 Dom Pérignon is just beginning to enter the second stage of its life where the primary flavours are receding, but at the same time the more mature notes have not yet developed. Today, the 2002 stands out for its texture, balance and overall harmony. Hints of apricot, white flowers, honey and spices flesh out on the resonant, creamy finish.
2002 £135.00 AG98
2014-42

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".
     
24 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 £72.00
AG94
2015-25

 

           
    PERRIER JOUET
An excellent champagne house; their top cuvee "Belle Époque" is best known for the exuberant taste and beautiful artistic bottle.
     
42 75cl BELLE ÉPOQUE - Fleur de Champagne
Brut Vintage Champagne
PERRIER JOUET

Wine Spectator -
Elegant, with lovely texture and focused, lively acidity. Flavours of currant, candied lemon zest, honey and white peach lead to the creamy, biscuit-tinged finish.
2004 £98.00

WS92
2012-28

 

           
    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.
     
20 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 £92.00

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".
6 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 £86.00

AG93
201
4-25

Great DRINKING Vintage!

 

           
           

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