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%.
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%.