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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.

     
12 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

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    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.

 

     
24 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.
     
3 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 £49.00  

AG92
2015-22

TOP Champagne Vintage

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Price
 


 

 

31 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 £48.00  

AG94
2015-22

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    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
Vintage Champagne

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


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.
     
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 £115.00  



RJ95
2020-35


 

12 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 £118.00  



AG97
2020-48


 

3 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 £70.00  



AG93
2017-32


 

11 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 £148.00  



RP/SR97
2018-34


 

10 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 £140.00  



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.
     
33 75cl GRAND CRU BRUT
Brut Vintage Champagne
EGLY-OURIET

NOT yet reviewed; but a more forward vintage than 2004.
2005 £82.00 2015-25
9 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 £102.00 AG93
2015-26

TOP Champagne Vintage

 

           
    CHARLES HEIDSIECK
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's historic houses founded some 150 years ago.
Top quality!
     
11 75cl Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime
CHARLES HEIDSIECK

RP/William Kelley -
Disgorged in February 2019 with eight grams per litre dosage, the 2008 Brut Millésimé unfurls in the glass with beautiful aromas of citrus oil, crisp green apple, linden, fresh walnuts and warm bread. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, taut and incisive, with a deep and layered core that integrates its racy spine of acidity, excellent concentration and a long, delicately nutty finish. Impeccably balanced, this is Heidsieck's finest vintage bottling since the 1980s.
2008 £84.00  




RP/WK95
2022-45


 

 

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 £70.00  




EA96
2018-30


 

 

24 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


 

 

12 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 £150.00  




AG95
2012-25


 

 

           
    MOET  & CHANDON
Famous champagne house best known for its excellent DOM PERIGNON Vintage Champagne Cuvee's
     
11 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 £127.00 AG94+
2020-49
3 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 £132.00 AG98+
2020-58
10 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 £135.00 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".
     
40 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

 

           
    PERRIER JOUET
An excellent champagne house; famous for its 'art nouveau' flower decorated bottles of their Top Cuvee Belle Epoque.
     
5 75cl BELLE EPOQUE
Brut Vintage Champagne
Perrier Jouet

Wine Spectator -
This finely knit and lithe Champagne is smoky up front, opening into a lovely range of pastry, glazed apricot, lemon curd and candied ginger notes in the glass. Vibrant acidity drives the satin like finish.
2008 £160.00

WS94
2019-32

TOP VINTAGE!

 

           
    POL ROGER
Winston Churchill loved the Champagne from PR - a great recommendation!
 
    One of the UK's favourite  Champagne Houses - highly recommended!
13 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 £64.00  


RP95
2016-27

 

 

           
    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".
22 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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