Hand Picked Champagnes and Sparking Wines

Hand Picked Champagnes and Sparking Wines

An introduction to Champagne & Sparkling wines

Possibly the first ever designer product, the methode champenoise is accredited to the Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon who created the first Champagne circa 1740, by blending as many as 40 different wines together to create the wine we know today.

What is less well known is that the discovery of the second fermentation in the bottle, the element that gives the wine its sparkle, has been attributed to some of Dom Pérignon fellow monks in the South of France. Today many sparkling wine makers have been able to emulate the method, although few outside the Champagne area have managed to emulate the taste.

Our Champagnes are listed from lightest to richest in style. The light and ethereal Pol Roger made from equal parts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier contrasts with Krug’s majestic barrel fermented and Pinot Noir dominated offering.

Champagne is one wine that is often seen in larger bottle sizes, usually the Magnum or the Jeroboam. The largest bottle size available is a Nebuchadnezzar, 20 times the size of a normal Champagne bottle. For many wines there are practical reasons, including the benefit of a longer maturation time, in using larger bottles, but in Champagne the reason is purely celebratory.

Champagne is not always considered as an accompaniment to food, however the Champagne we enjoy today was created especially for this purpose. In the late 18th century the French Champagne makers discovered we were enjoying their wines with food and as creative marketers began producing wines of lower dosage, the predecessor of the Brut we enjoy today.


Bruno Paillard

This is an unique story of a man in love with Champagne.

Founded in 1981, Bruno started with nothing but his will – no vineyards, no money, so he sold his old Jaguar, a collector’s item, to provide his company with a starting capital of 50,000 francs (€15,000).

He created Champagne Bruno Paillard a young, dynamic house that has quickly established a reputation for elegant wines with real style. Fresh, dry and vibrant, they are made with an uncompromising attitude to quality that shines through in the glass.

For his services to Champagne Bruno was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in 2006.

Sparkling Wine

Bin

Price

118

Villa Saletta Spumante
Tuscany Italy NV
Crisp and dry with subtle white and red fruit character.

£39.00

117

Graham Beck Brut
Robertson, South Africa NV
Fresh and elegant with creamy mousse.

£41.00

116

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee
England 2009
Filled with bright citrus, sweet pastry, apple and hints of a floral bouquet, lime and gently toasted flavours.

£52.00

Champagne

Bin

Price

100

Pol Roger Reserve
Épernay NV
Light and delicate with particularly tiny bubbles. Churchill’s favourite.

£73.00

102

Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvée
Reims NV
Elegant, balanced and complex from the region’s most dynamic winemaker.

£52.00

103

Laurent Perrier Brut
Tours sur Marne NV
Delicate citrus and white fruit with rounded but dry finish.

£66.00

104

Dom Pérignon
Épernay 2004
Pale golden highlights with brioche, honey, almond and apricot.

£175.00

109

Bruno Paillard Vintage
Reims 2002
Powerful spice with rich, dried fruit and toasted brioche.

£89.00

110

Krug Grande Cuvée
Reims NV
Creamy and spicy with a rich, nutty and toasty palate.

£180.00

112

Laurent Perrier Rosé Brut
Tours sur Marne NV
Intense raspberries, black cherries and blackcurrants from this ‘saignee’ method Champagne.

£107.00

114

Bruno Paillard Rosé Premiere Cuvée
Reims NV
Fresh strawberry and cherry fruit flavours with discreet citrus finish.

£69.00

*All prices are subject to change and correct at time of  publishing. 


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Red & Rose wine

A selection of red wine from around the world with a collection of Millenium Bordeaux as its centrepiece.

 
White wine

We offer an incredible selection of wonderfully refreshing white wines from both the New and Old World wine regions.

     
Champagnes

The first Champagne circa 1740 was created by blending as many as 40 different wines together to create the wine we know today.

 
Dessert wines

Here you will find the perfect accompaniment to any dessert including some wonderfully sweet Sauternes.

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