Champagne

Champagne

Champagne Caillez Lemaire - Brut 1/2 bouteille Reflets – Sku: 12259 – 7
Caillez Lemaire
Champagne AOP
€14.90
COUP DE COEUR
-9%
Champagne Caillez Lemaire - Extra Brut Reflets – Sku: 12260 – 131
Caillez Lemaire
Champagne AOP
Special Price €19.90 Regular Price €21.90
Champagne Caillez Lemaire -  Eclats Brut Nature – Sku: 12269 – 33
Caillez Lemaire
Champagne AOP
€25.90
COUP DE COEUR
91/100 RVF
Dehours et Fils - Grande Réserve Brut – Sku: 12200 – 131
Dehours & Fils
Champagne AOP
€28.90
Champagne Caillez Lemaire - Rosé Brut – Sku: 12270 – 22
Caillez Lemaire
Champagne AOP
€28.90
Champagne Chartogne Taillet - Sainte Anne  – Sku: 12145 – 41
Chartogne-Taillet
Champagne AOP
€33.90
Dehours & Fils - Les Vignes de la Vallée – Sku: 12201 – 14
Dehours & Fils
Champagne AOP
€34.90
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Françoise Bedel - Coteaux Champenois Blanc Vin Cent Bulle – Sku: 12490 – 17
Françoise Bedel
Coteaux-Champenois PDO
€35.00
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Françoise Bedel - Champagne Origin'elle Base 2015 – Sku: 12501 – 13
Françoise Bedel
Champagne AOP
€37.00
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Françoise Bedel - Champagne Origin'elle Base 2013 – Sku: 12503 – 8
Françoise Bedel
Champagne AOP
€37.90
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Champagne Henri Giraud - Esprit Nature en coffret – Sku: 12285
Henri Giraud
Champagne AOP
€39.90
91/100 RVF
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Françoise Bedel - Dis, "Vin Secret" - Base 2015 – Sku: 12508 – 29
Françoise Bedel
Champagne AOP
€41.20
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Champagne: make your cellar sparkle

It rhymes with special occasions and celebrations, with elegance and refinement. Champagne and its fine golden bubbles are as much an invitation to contemplate as to taste. Renowned throughout the world, it is nevertheless produced on a group of plots of land gathered essentially around Reims and Epernay, where the most beautiful cellars and the most prestigious Champagne houses are located. Before raising your glass, we suggest you learn more about this sparkling wine.

General presentation

Champagne, the sparkling wine that inevitably rhymes with celebration and refinement, is produced in the region whose name it bears. The three main grape varieties used to make it are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, grown on some 30,000 hectares of vineyards. According to the traditional Champagne method, Champagne is a blend of these grape varieties, to which may be added Arbane, Petit Meslier, Pinot Gris vrai (Fromenteau) and Pinot Blanc vrai. This is one of the characteristics of Champagne: here, blending is of prime importance, both in terms of the grapes and the vintages of the cuvées.

In Champagne, vines have been cultivated since ancient times, and it was in the 17th century that a naturally "sparkling" wine was discovered, thanks in particular to the use of the wine bottle and the cork. At the same time, the famous Dom Pérignon blended grapes from different vintages and grape varieties for the first time, and laid the foundations for the sparkling process, which is essential for wine to be effervescent.

Since then, champagne has proudly acquired its letters of nobility. Great houses have made their prestigious brand name resound throughout the world: Ruinart, Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Mumm, Pannier, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot... to name but a few. Smaller houses and winegrowers also produce quality champagnes and enliven this landscape with their know-how and their vision for the future.

The Champagne vineyards

The area in which Champagne is produced is clearly delimited by a law of 1927. There are 4 main production areas:

  • The Côte des Blancs (Marne) and the Côte de Sézanne: south of Epernay, this is the most famous Champagne region. Here the chardonnay reigns supreme, and is used to produce exceptional blanc de blancs champagnes.
  • The Montagne de Reims (Marne): between Epernay and the south of Reims, the pinot noir dominates. The power and nobility of the champagnes make the reputation of this region.
  • The Marne Valley (Marne, Aisne and Seine-et-Marne): the majority of the vines in this region, located to the west of Epernay, are miller grapes and pinot noir. It offers a great diversity of champagnes.
  • The Aube vineyards and the Côte des Bar: this region is located much further south and is often considered a second-rate terroir. However, it is the source of wines of character and complex aromas.

The Champagne vineyard has 30,000 hectares of vines, spread across these 4 large areas, each very different from the other. More than 630 communes make up the northernmost vineyard in France.

An appellation and terroirs

Champagne is the only region in France that has only one appellation. Some 320 crus benefit from the AOC Champagne. However, the mention of origin is not compulsory. The 34,000 hectares of vineyards are divided into more than 270,000 parcels, each with its own particularities. This unique fragmentation gives rise to a wide variety of terroirs and crus. These are classified into three categories:

  • The "Grands Crus": 17 villages have this appellation. These are the most prestigious and most sought after. Among them, we can mention Aÿ, Louvois, Oger, Puisieulx or Verzenay.
  • The "premiers crus": 42 villages are concerned, including Bezannes, Champillon, Coligny, Mutigny, Sacy, Trépail, Voipreux...
  • The "other crus".

The Champagne vineyard is also the source of "still" wines, i.e. wines that do not sparkle: the Champagne hillsides and the Riceys rosé.

How to choose a champagne?

Here is some information that will help you to better understand the world of champagne and to make your choice. First of all, you should know that different types of champagne are offered:

  • Blanc de blancs: this champagne is made only from chardonnay.
  • Blanc de noirs: only pinot noir, pinot meunier or a blend of these two grape varieties give birth to this champagne.
  • Rosé: only champagne can be rosé because of the blending of white and black grapes.
  • Vintage: vintage champagnes are rare, as it is usually a wine that blends different grape varieties, but also vintages of different years. A vintage champagne must be made from grapes from the same year, from one or more grape varieties, and must have aged for at least 3 years in the cellar.
  • Extra-brut, brut, doux, demi-sec...: this indication reflects the sugar concentration of the champagne, i.e. the quantity of "liqueur de dosage" that has been added to the wine before its final corking. The term "doux" refers to a champagne containing more than 50g of sugar per litre, while a champagne is called "extra-brut" when it contains between 0 and 6g of sugar per litre. When the wine has no added sugar and contains less than 3 g/l of sugar, the words "brut nature", "dosage zéro" or "non dosé" can be added.

On their label are initials that allow you to identify the bottler:

  • RM, Récoltant Manipulant: the winegrower cultivates his vines, vinifies his harvest and elaborates his champagne which he bottles and markets under his own name/brand.
  • RC, Récoltant Coopérateur: the winegrower entrusts his grapes to the cooperative and recovers them after the 2nd fermentation in the bottle to then market his production under his name/brand.
  • NM, Négociant Manipulant: a company buys grapes from winegrowers, vinifies them and elaborates its champagne.
  • CM, Coopérative de Manipulation: members bring in their grapes and the winery presses, vinifies and blends them. The wines are then sold under the cooperative's name or a common brand.
  • SR, Société de Récoltants: these are groups of producers who market their production under a common brand.
  • MA, Marque d'Acheteur: the retailer, like a supermarket, markets a champagne which it has not produced.

Alongside the great and prestigious brands of champagne, you will find a rich mosaic of references, more or less confidential, and which will also make the moments during which you will taste them sparkle.

Le vignoble

Agrapart

Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre

A very high level and ultra original Margaux... Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre is an extraordinary wine made from 68 vintages (in 2018) of Jean-Pierre Boyer's 13 hectare vineyard. A unique wine made with the 4 Bordeaux grape varieties and aged only in concrete vats. BAMA (as the aficionados of the domain say) is distinguished by its not very intense colour, closer to a pinot than a cabernet, a not very powerful palate but with a distinction, a perfume and a rare finesse, very suave in its tannins. It has taken the good habit of challenging the greatest Medocs because it is able to age gracefully for several decades like its much more expensive Medoc counterparts..

Benoît Lahaye

Bérèche & Fils

Billecart-Salmon

Bollinger

Champagne Bollinger, a virtuoso of Champagne wines

Caillez Lemaire

Virginie and Laurent Vanpoperingh cultivate with passion 7 hectares in the areas of Damery and Cumières in the Marne Valley. The cuvées all have an elegant and fine profile and have the particularity of being aged entirely or partially in barrels.

Chartogne-Taillet

De Sousa

Dehours & Fils

"The range of these champagnes, built mainly around the meunier grape, is flawless. The Grande Réserve expresses marvellously an autumnal character based on a frank, tonic and hyper digestible fruit. (...) In 2009, the two parcels dosed in extra brut reach a remarkable level" RVF Guide 2018

Egly-Ouriet

Francis Boulard

Françoise Bedel

Henri Giraud

Henri Giraud Champagnes belong to the Champagne elite. From the great terroirs of Ay and with part of the production vinified in oak barrels from the Argonne forest, Champagne Henri Giraud symbolises the exceptional Champagne wine; greedy, vinous, with a unique style and extreme complexity... To be tasted at least once in your life...

Jacquesson

Champagne Jacquesson, a house not to be missed

Larmandier-Bernier

The Larmandier-Bernier family estate is located on the Côte des Blancs in Vertus, and is composed of 16 hectares (3.5 of which are Grand Cru) and no less than 50 separate plots, which have been biodynamically managed since 1999. On these privileged terroirs, the grape varieties are 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir with an average age of the vines of 33 years.

Roederer

Ruppert Leroy

Selosse

Anselme Selosse is one of those "artist-winemaker-farmer" who transcends his universe.

Ulysse Collin

Vouette and Sorbée