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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.
     
15 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 £34.00  



RP/WK91+
2020-29





 

12 75cl BOLLINGER PN VZ15
Brut 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 VZ15 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 74.00  



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.

 

     
7 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 £32.00  



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
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.

     
13 75cl BARONS de ROTHSCHILD
 MILLESIME

Brut Champagne

DECANTER/Jane Anson -
A real success for this inaugural vintage release of a Champagne that brings together all three branches of the Rothschild family - Mouton, and their cousins Baron Eric at Lafite and Baron Benjamin at Château Clarke. It has tightly focussed minerality, softly toasted vanilla bean (without being sweet), hints of crab apple and great persistency.
2006 £150.00  


JA94
2020-32

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    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.
     
6 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 88.00  



RJ95
2020-35

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1 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 £135.00  



AG97
2020-48

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5 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 £129.00  



RP/SR97
2018-34


 

2 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 £158.00  



AG95
2020-32

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    CHARLES HEIDSIECK
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's historic houses founded some 150 years ago.
Top quality!
     
14 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 £60.00  




EA96
2018-30


 

 

4 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 £130.00  




RP/WK95
2020-40


 

 

           
    MOET  & CHANDON
Famous champagne house best known for its excellent DOM PERIGNON Vintage Champagne Cuvee's
     
4 75cl DOM PERIGNON
Brut Vintage Champagne
MOET & CHANDON

RP/William Kelly -
The 2010 Dom Pérignon is already expressive, wafting from the glass with aromas of crisp green apple, peach, iodine, freshly baked bread, orange oil and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and charming, it's soft and round, with ripe acids, a moderately concentrated core of fruit and a pearly mousse, concluding with a saline finish. Open-knit and pretty, this is a giving Dom Pérignon that readers might think of as reminiscent of a less reductive version of the 2000 vintage.
2010 £124.00 RP92
2020-35

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    JOSEPH PERRIER
The vineyards of Joseph Perrier are situated in the Vallée de la Marne where it owns 21 hectares of vines, mainly planted with Pinot Noir. Twelve hectares are located in Verneuil with the remaining nine hectares divided between the villages of Cumières, Hautvillers, and Damery.
 Pinot Noir is in the ascendancy at Joseph Perrier offering a tense and lively tone to the range. The Chardonnay grapes offer a contrasting minerality and power.
     
24 75cl CUVEE JOSEPHINE
Brut Vintage Champagne
JOSEPH PERRIER

DECANTER 03.2019/Yohan Castaing -
The 2008 Cuvée Joséphine constitutes only the ninth edition of this iconic cuvée, coming after 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2002 and 2004. It has a powerful aromatic intensity with white flowers, orchard fruit, mint and white pepper, while the dense, generous yet silky texture is supported by finely-judged acidity.
2008 £92.00
YC96
2021-50

 

           
    PAUL BARA
According to the expert Champagne critic Richard Juhlin: "Paul Bara is a legend.....his Champagne is of world class".
     
18 75cl 'SPECIAL CLUB'
Brut Vintage Champagne
PAUL BARA

Vinous.com/Antonio Galloni: The 2012 Special Club is a stellar wine, just as it was last year. White orchard fruit, Mirabelle plum and spice accents are immediately alluring. Rich and beautifully layered, the Special Club possesses notable expansiveness. Lemon confit, marzipan and dried flowers develop later, filling out the wine's frame with notable layers of complexity. The deep, vinous style is immensely appealing, to say the least. Disgorged: November, 2019.

2012 £56.00  

AG94
2020-32

TOP Champagne Vintage
 


 

 

1 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 £59.00
AG94
2015-25

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    PHILIPPONNAT
The Cuvee 1522, which celebrates the foundation of the Champagne house and which is made in accordance with the 'recipe' of Charles’s father, is predominantly from the Le Léon plot in Ay, but also uses Pinot from the grand cru of Mailly and Chardonnay from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs. 
     
6 75cl CUVEE 1522 Grand Cru
Extra Brut

PHILIPPONNAT

RP/William Kelley -
Disgorged in February 2020 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, the 2012 Extra-Brut Grand Cru Cuvée 1522 is already showing beautifully, unwinding in the glass with hints of golden orchard fruit, fresh peach, honeycomb and blanched almonds. Full-bodied, vinous and concentrated, it's elegantly muscular, with terrific depth at the core, racy acids and a seamless profile. Given its very recent disgorgement, it's surprisingly open, but it will nonetheless reward bottle age.
2012 £67.00
RP/WK94
2021-40

 

41 75cl CUVEE 1522 Grand Cru
Extra Brut

PHILIPPONNAT

Vinous.com/Antonio Galloni -
The 2008 1522 is another compelling mid-tier wine in the Philipponnat range. Creamy, sensual and inviting, the 2008 is super-expressive today. Bright Chardonnay notes add energy to the Pinot fruit in an effortless, gracious Champagne. Orchard fruit, dried flowers, chamomile and lemon confit all resonate through to the finish. The blend is 58% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ and Verzenay) and 42% Chardonnay (from Cramant). Dosage is 4.25 grams per litre. Disgorged: July, 2018.
2008 £65.00
AG92
2020-30

 

           
    POL ROGER
Winston Churchill loved the Champagne from PR - a great recommendation!
 
    One of the UK's favourite  Champagne Houses - highly recommended!
6 75cl POL ROGER BRUT
Blanc de Blancs Champagne
POL ROGER

RP/Stephan Reinhardt
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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

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4 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 £138.00  


RP95+
2023-50

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    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, 2006 and 2008.
    Antonio Galloni - "Comtes de Champagne remains the best value in grand marque Tête de Cuvée Champagne".
2 75cl COMTES de CHAMPAGNE
Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne
TAITTINGER

Antonio Galloni - Taittinger's 2008 Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is simply breathtaking. I have tasted it many times over the years in various trial disgorgements and it has never been anything less than compelling. The final, finished wine captures all of that potential. Bright, focused and wonderfully deep, Comtes is a fabulous example of a vintage that expresses so much energy but with real fruit intensity, the signatures that distinguish it from other vintages (1996 comes to mind) that were similarly taut, but more austere in the early going. Although the 2008 impresses right out of the gate, it only really starts to open up with several hours of air. The 2008 Comtes represents the purest essence of the Côtes des Blancs in a great, historic vintage. Readers who can find the 2008 should not hesitate, as it is a truly brilliant epic Champagne that no one who loves the very best in Champagne will want to be without.
2008 £146.00

AG98+
2023-48

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10 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 £98.00

AG96
2018-47

 

4 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 £118.00

AG97+
2016-46

BIN END Price
 

 

           
           

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