With a legacy of almost two centuries behind it - the House of GH Mumm, established in 1827, still aspires to the original aims of the great Georges Hermann Mumm, one of the father figures of the House. His passion was to achieve the highest possible quality for GH Mumm Champagnes: time after time he was heard to say Only the Best.
In 1875, he decided to decorate each of his bottles with the prized Cordon Rouge or red sash of the Légion d'Honneur, the highest French civilian distinction, created by Napoleon I. Over and above the symbol of excellence that it represents, the Cordon Rouge embodies the true spirit that drives the House: the quest for perfection, a spirit of adventure and panache.
The style of every Mumm Cordon Rouge cuvée is a constant, subtle balance of freshness and intensity. Mumm Cordon Rouge is blended from 77 crus, every one unique. The blend of grape varieties traditionally used by Mumm is Pinot Noir (45%) that endows the wine with structure and strength, Chardonnay (30%) that ensures both finesse and elegance and Pinot Meunier (25%) which has fruity, sharp and well-rounded notes that complete the blend. Each grape variety and cru is pressed and vinified separately to ensure a wide range of aromas and taste sensations, and 25-30% of reserve wines are added to bring depth and harmony to the final blend.
45% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier.
Dosage = 8g/litre.
Mumm Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut is a fresh, golden yellow colour with hints of jade, the wine’s abundant bubbles, both fine and elegant, demonstrate the finesse of Mumm’s Cordon Rouge Champagne. On the nose, aromas of lemon and grapefruit, combined with the richness of firm, fleshy fruits such as white peaches, apricots and tart apples bring freshness and liveliness to the wine. These are followed by hints of vanilla, enriched with caramel. Honeyed nuts also play their part. The bubbles are rich on the palate, but never overpowering. The perfect balance is combined with a rounded, full vinosity. The mix of fresh fruit and caramel aromas give even more intensity to the finish. This is a subtly balanced wine with a remarkable capacity to linger in the mouth.
ABV = 12.0%.
Awarded a Gold medal and 96 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).
Champagne Collet with its elegant Art Deco packaging is evocative of the Belle Epoque era from when it was established. It is the oldest cooperative in Champagne, dating back to 1921. Since its inception, Collet has been creating Champagnes of character with authenticity, elegance and great finesse. Located in Aÿ, in the heart of the Champagne region, Collet represents some of the finest growers and mainly sources from vineyards which are based on Premier and Grand Cru sites. Each cuvée reflects the diversity of the region’s terroirs and has been masterfully blended to suit gastronomic cuisine.
The Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru was aged for a minimum of five years in Collet's centuries-old limestone cellars.
Vivacious, with a light texture this 1er Cru delivers citrus notes of Sicilian lemon and lime, with hints of lemon tart on puff pastry. Nuances of white pepper, liquorice and smoke add to the kaleidoscope of flavours. This is fresh, taut, complex and full of finesse with a beautifully long finish.
ABV = 12.5%.
Taittinger remains one of the few Champagne Houses to remain owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. Its origins date back to 1734 when the original house was founded by Jacques Fourneaux. The Taittinger link was established in 1931 when Pierre Taittinger, the founder of today's company acquired the House. Pierre had spent much time in the Champagne region when serving in the 1st world war as a young cavalry officer. Stationed at the Château de la Marquetterie, he fell in love with this remarkable property and its vineyards and eventually purchased the company.Today, the Reims-based House is headed up by Pierre's grandson, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, his son, Clovis and daughter, Vitalie, both of whom are actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving family Champagne House.
Taittinger's home is situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars. These 4th-Century UNESCO listed cellars once belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise and are perfect for the slow ageing process required for great Champagne. The hallmark of the Taittinger Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40% in the Brut Réserve Non Vintage to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years. Today it is served in over 140 countries worldwide and made recent history by becoming the first Champagne house to purchase land in England to ultimately produce a premium English Sparkling Wine.
Taittinger produces a Vintage Champagne only when the harvest has been of exceptional quality. Made from first press wines the wine is only released after several years of cellar ageing, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop. Winemaking The Taittinger Brut Vintage comprises only wines from the first press with a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The Grands Crus make up a significant proportion at 70% while the other selected villages are all classified as Premiers Crus. A 5-year long ageing period in the cellars unlocks its full potential.
Residual sugar: 9g/litre.
A vivacious, fresh nose offers aromas of hawthorn, grapefruit and pear. The palate is crisp and wonderfully precise. Marked by citrus fruit, it offers an excellent balance of structure and finesse. The complex finish is elegant and long.
ABV = 12.5%.
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Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).
Devaux is a boutique Champagne brand located in Bar-sur-Seine in the southerly Aube region of Champagne, some 60km north of Burgundy. Thanks to this favourable southerly location, Devaux is a Pinot Noir and rosé specialist. The house was founded in 1846, and was family owned for generations. In 1987, in the absence of a family heir, ownership was passed to a united group of winegrower families, known today as the Groupe Vinicole Champagne Devaux. Thanks to being owned by these growers, Devaux can boast total control over its grape supply which is a rarity in Champagne, a region where growers traditionally sell to the houses who control the brands.
The "D Collection" wines are Devaux's very best. The grapes come from highly select, sustainably farmed parcels across 35 hectares. The majority of the vineyards are situated in the Aube on Kimmeridgian limestone-clay soils. This continental location, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, is important; it gives the Pinot Noir richness on the nose and a long finish, while retaining finesse. The Chardonnay in the blend is grown on the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs, Vitry and Montgueux ("the Meursault of Champagne") to give liveliness and elegance.
2008 was initially a difficult year with widespread mildew. However, drier conditions in August and a fine, warm September helped to balance the ripening of the grapes. The 2008 wines have fresh acidity balanced by sound ripeness achieved towards the end of the season.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel, followed by partial malolactic fermentation to give extra suppleness. Following fermentation, the liqueur de tirage was added and the wine underwent a slow second fermentation in bottle, and extended ageing on its lees for seven to eight years. This resulted in a wine with a finer, more persistent mousse and greater potential for complexity. After disgorgement, the wine received a Brut dosage of around 6g/l and was aged for a further six to nine months before release.
50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir.
Deep gold in colour. Complex and elegant aromas of white peaches and orange zest are followed by warm bready notes. The palate has a refreshing acidity and evolves with elegant citrus notes, finishing with a dried fruit character.
ABV = 12.0%.
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Sourced across 1,800 winegrowers, Jacquart boasts a terroir as vast as it is unique, covering 2,400 ha, to shape its wines with a very contemporary elegance. Jacquart is part of the Alliance Champagne Group which aims to meet quality and environmental requirements while protecting the future of the vineyards.
The maturing period for Champagne is one of the longest in the world and is crucial to the final quality of the wines. The wine is laid down in the cellars to start the process, whereby the effervescence is created and mature slowly on lees. With a promise of plenitude, the cuvee Brut Mosaic Signature is only disgorged after a full 5 years’ maturing, during which the Champagne mellows and the bubbles are perfected.
Chardonnay 40%, Pinot Noir 35%, Pinot Meunier 25%.
On first pour, the nose conjures up honeysuckle and orange blossom delicately interwoven with limestone minerality. Then pastry aromas, hazelnut, milk caramel, honey, marshmallow and marzipan develop. The Signature label develops fleshy, succulent weight supported by lemony and pomelo-driven tension. The balanced and concentrated palate delivers a fresh, savoury finish with fleshy fruits leaving a consistent, indulgent impression.
ABV = 12.5%.
Krug 1996 is an undeniably extraordinary champagne. It caresses the senses with it's rich aromas and firm texture before exploding in a bouquet of freshness, Krug 1996 was a very special year which is said to be one of the best vintages of the century and is often compared to the legendary 1928. It is a vintage with as very high level of freshness as well as maturity which is very rare in Champagne. 1996 will go down in Champagne's history books.
At the House of Krug, even Paul Krug II, known for his strictly objective observations, noted that Krug 1996 may well have been “the next 1928”.
Krug 1996 is also the last Vintage created by three generations of the Krug family working together; Paul II, Henri and Rémi, and Olivier.
Pinot Noir 48%, Chardonnay 31% and Meunier 21%.
TASTING NOTES Krug 1996, with radiant, rich gold colour and resplendent bubbles, first caresses the senses with its rich mature aromas before exploding in a bouquet of freshness; it elevates contrast and character to unprecedented extremes. With firm texture, its full, ripe flavours are followed by fresh pear, candied lemon, ripe summer fruit, honey, gingerbread and hints of delicate mocha.
ABV = 12.0%.
The Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier bottle, with its generous, curvaceous lines, is unique – an invitation to self-indulgence.
When Bernard de Nonancourt launched Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier in 1968, he decided to present his creation in a uniquely distinctive bottle to magnify this very special cuvée. He found his inspiration in the rather stubby bottles manufactured in the time of King Henri IV, adding the seal-like monogrammed ‘LP’ shield. The packaging, which seemed very modern at the time, has gradually evolved since 1968.
The grapes for Laurent Perrier Rose come from 10 different crus located mainly in the South and North areas of the Montagne de Reims – including the famous Côte de Bouzy – notably from the finest crus of Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois and Tours-sur-Marne.
The grapes from carefully selected plots are sorted and destemmed before vatting. The maceration – lasting from 48h to 72h depending on the harvest – helps the extraction of the colour and the development of the full aromatic richness of the Pinot Noir. It is aged for a minimum of 5 years.
Elegant, with colour changing naturally from a pretty raspberry hue to salmon-pink. A precise nose of extraordinary freshness and a wide range of red fruits: raspberry, redcurrant, strawberry, black cherry. A fresh and sharp attack for this supple and rounded wine. On the palate, it offers the sensation of plunging into a basket of freshly picked red berries.
Its aromatic depth makes it ideal for pairing with marinated raw fish, grilled prawns, exotic dishes, Parma ham and red fruit desserts. Those who are more daring will try it with Asian or Indian cuisine.
ABV = 12.0%.
This Champagne is the result of a collaboration between all three branches of the Rothschild families; Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Baron Phillippe de Rothschild (Mouton) and Baron Edmond de Rothschild. This is the first time they have all collaborated on one project. The resulting Champagnes provide impressive depth and complexity. Much of the fruit comes from Grand Cru sites, which is evident in the quality. This Blanc de Blancs Champagne has a gorgeous soft mouth feel with creamy white fruit.
To see an excellent, informative technical sheet and tasting note for this wine, produced by the winemaers themselves, please click on the blue link below.
85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir.
Residual sugar is ~7g/litre (ie low, at the low end of Brut).
Salmon pink colour with a fine thread of bubbles ending in a thin, enduring foam. Subtle aromas, reminiscent of spring, alongside the fragrance of rose petal, wild strawberry, and a hint of citrus zest. The palate is crisp, dry and elegant with flavours of red fruits, especially strawberry, and a little orange peel. Complex, a lengthy finish and an excellent balance.
ABV = 12.0%.
Aside from the distinctive dark packaging, Lanson’s Brut Non-Vintage, called Black Label, stands out in this list for two reasons.
Firstly, and most importantly, Lanson prevents its wines from going through the malolactic fermentation, which means that they retain the mouth-watering malic acid, and pure apple-like flavours inherent in all grapes, but particularly those grown in Champagne.
Secondly, Lanson Black Label is the only Brut NV among the 10 biggest sellers to print disgorgement dates on its back labels – which means the drinker can quickly tell when the Champagne was corked.
This is very helpful if you choose to cellar the non-vintage wine, and especially so for Lanson, which is a style of Champagne made for extended ageing.
Like other houses in this list, Lanson has invested in a number of quality improvements in recent history, most notably a longer period spent ageing on its lees, as well as off them (post-disgorgement), along with a slight drop in dosage.
This is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier.
This is fresh style of Champagne with an appealing green apple bite along with toasted bread and nutty notes, lending complexity to the fizz. While this is fresh and pure in style, Lanson has layers of flavour, and has impressed judges in the Champagne Masters for its complexity and brightness.
Lanson Black Label is mouthwatering and uplifting, it's great as an aperitif and can be drunk at anytime - there's no need for an excuse!
ABV = 12.5%.
Founded in 1776, and property of the same family since 1819, Champagne Louis Roederer is today one of the last major Champagne houses to be an independent family affair. The annual production of its wines (Brut Premier, Carte Blanche, Brut Vintage, Rosé Vintage, Blanc de Blancs, Cristal, Cristal Rose) represents just over three million bottles, distributed to 100 countries worldwide.
Champagne Louis Roederer owns just over 240 hectares of vineyard located in the Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. Each vineyard is situated in the finest site, of which 90% are Grand Cru and Premier Cru classified. Champagne Louis Roederer uses 100% of its own grapes for vintage styles, and 60% for the Brut Premier blend. Such a high proportion of estate-grown grapes is unusual in champagne, ensuring superior quality at all stages from grape to glass.
5% of the wines are matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage. 10% of the reserve wines are matured in casks with partial malolactic fermentation. Brut Premier comprises the three champagne grape varieties from more than 40 different plots. The wine is an assemblage of six years of harvesting, a part of which comes from the Champagne Louis Roederer reserve wine collection, matured in oak casks for several years. It is matured for three years in the cellar and rested for six months after disgorgement to perfect maturity. Dosage of between 10 and 11 g/l is adapted to each vintage.
40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier.
"From the outset, the texture is full and generous and, in a fairly unexpected way, integrates characteristics of maturity associated with fruitier and more refreshing notes. The wine has a fresh festive finesse, and in the mouth, the wine has structure, richness and length. It is a full, complex wine that is both modern and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.” – Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon
James Suckling: 92 Points
Wine Spectator: 92 Points
Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points
ABV = 12.0%.
The upheavals of the start of the twentieth century, in particular the First World War that destroyed more than half of the Louis Roederer estate - led Léon Olry Roederer to reconstruct his vineyard. He decided to buy in grapes to ensure continuity during the period of crisis. In doing so, he created a wine of several vintages with a constant taste whatever the year of harvesting.
40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier - 5% of wines are matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage - 10% of reserve wines are matured in casks - Partial malolactic fermentation. Carte Blanche uses all 3 Champagne grape varieties from more than 40 different plots. The wine is an assemblage of 6 years of harvesting, a part of which comes from the Louis Roederer reserve wine collection, matured in oak casks for several years. It is matured for 3 years in the cellar and rested for 6 months after disgorgement to perfect maturity.
Dosage of 42g/l is adapted to each vintage. "Liqueur de dosage" is prepared with the greatest of care from a selected blend of eight to ten of the very best crus from the Louis Roederer vineyard and then left to mature in oak casks. After dosage the champagne is left to rest for a further six months.
Carte Blanche offers intense oral tones (honey) and notes of ripe sweet fruits (caramelised apple), and warm sugar almonds (frangipane). Dosage adds a rich, creamy texture with great length but without being heavy. The freshness of the wine supports this length bringing a well-balanced and highly persistent wine.
The style is rich, creamy and full, balanced with fine acidity.
ABV = 12.5%.
Founded in 1776, and property of the same family since 1819, Champagne Louis Roederer is today one of the last major champagne houses to be an independent family affair. The annual production of its wines (Brut Premier, Carte Blanche, Brut Vintage, Rosé Vintage, Blanc de Blancs, Cristal, Cristal Rosé) represents just over three million bottles, distributed to 100 countries worldwide. In 1974, almost 200 years after the establishment of the Champagne house of Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create the Cristal Rosé cuvée. To achieve this, he selected old-vine Pinot Noir grapes using massal selection, which involves propagation from the vineyard’s most successful plants.
Cristal is a blend of Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs. The wine is aged for six years in the cellars and left for a minimum of eight months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity.
The 2008 vintage was characterised by an unusually cool, dry summer. It was a continental vintage which produced an exceptionally powerful, concentrated wine, nevertheless, the unusually cool summer temperatures made their mark on the vintage, giving it a remarkably intense saline freshness.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
Amber in colour with green and orange tints and a fine, lively sparkle. Complex and intense with aromas of candied citrus, Williams pear, pollen and toasted almond. The 2008 has an almost saline concentration derived from chalky soil in a particularly cool summer. The result is a smooth yet powerful wine with a long, taught and pure finish.
Perfect with white fish such as monk fish, and white meats.
ABV = 12.0%.
Partially vinified in wooden barrels to add complexity then aged for 8-10 before release this is an elegant wine with notes of linden tea, cacao, blond tobacco and vanilla. On the palate it is full-bodied with flavours of candied white fruit, stoney, mineral notes, toasted bread and smoke.
Clos des Goisses is a very fine wine before being converted to a very fine Champagne.
A perfect and unforgettable match for strong-flavoured dishes such as game, truffles, caviar and soft cheeses. Philipponnat recommend that you decant prior to serving to allow it to breath.
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Philipponnat.
40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier.
Dosage is low - technically Extra Brut - at 4.25 g/litre.
ABV = 13.0%.
NB: very slightly damaged labels - we can send photos if required.
When Pierre Taittinger first discovered the Champagne region, he was an officer serving in the First World War. He returned several years later with his brother-in-law and began investing his time, energy and enthusiasm into a nascent Champagne business. Taittinger is now back in the ownership of the Taittinger family with Pierre-Emmanuel at the helm alongside his children Vitalie and Clovis.
Taittinger Brut Réserve is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier wines from over 35 different vineyards and vintages, matured to perfection. This high proportion of Chardonnay, unique among fine non-vintage champagnes, and a minimum ageing of three years in the cellars, where it reaches the peak of aromatic maturity, makes Taittinger Brut Réserve a delicately balanced champagne, known for its consistently excellent quality all over the world. Taittinger considers it an honour to produce a Brut champagne every year without exception.
The brilliant body is golden yellow in colour. The bubbles are fine, while the foam is discreet yet lingering. The nose, very open and expressive, delivers aromas of fruit and brioche. It also gives off the fragrance of peach, white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) and vanilla pod. The entry onto the palate is lively, fresh and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey. Taittinger Brut Réserve, which acquires its maturity during three and four years ageing in the cellar, offers excellent aromatic potential.
Residual sugar = 9g/litre.
Taittinger Brut Réserve is the Champagne for any occasion. A symbol of festivity, this wine is the ideal partner of celebration for the happiest milestones in a lifetime.
ABV = 12.5%.
The 2008 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Vintage Champagne (see blue link below).
Since their foundation in 1849 Pol Roger have observed the tradition of not releasing a vintage-dated champagne unless the climatic conditions permit the production of grapes of outstanding ripeness. A vintage champagne must, above all else, be a balanced champagne.
Following some frost in December, the beginning of 2008 was marked by mild and humid weather conditions. However, by contrast, March and April were cool and rainy. Good temperatures in May rapidly boosted growth. The summer months were characterised by extremely variable weather, with storms in July, cool weather and limited sunny periods in August. The Véraison (changing of colour and onset of ripening) started in early August and by this point, the conditions in the vineyard were outstanding. September brought excellent weather, and picking started on 15th September in sunny conditions. The grapes were healthy and the sugar/acidity balance, perfect.
The must undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediately after pressing and the second, a débourbage à froid, in stainless steel tanks at 6°C over a 24 hour period. A slow cool fermentation takes place in stainless steel, with each variety and each village kept separate until final blending. The wine undergoes a full malolactic fermentation. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle in the deepest Pol Roger cellars where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, a rarity in Champagne nowadays. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.
The Brut Vintage 2009 from Champagne Pol Roger is made from the traditional house vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Produced only in limited quantities the Brut Vintage 2009 has been aged for 8 years in our cellars before being disgorged and released onto the market.
Pinot Noir 60% and Chardonnay 40%.
Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 is instantly appealing with its gorgeous lively effervescence. Fine bubbles sprinkled with silver glints carry a persistent stream.
The nose, rich and elegant, opens up with delicate aromas of white fruit and apricot.
As the wine warms in the glass, it exudes scents of white nectarines and quince jelly mingled with brioche and pastry fragrances.
The palate, extremely delicate and subtle, boasts a stunning balance on an opulent and creamy structure evolving towards dried fruit. It is a masterpiece of harmony.
ABV = 12.5%.