Describing Champagne

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Champagne Blend


The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.


Champagne


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Champagne - The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.


Nicolas Feuillatte Blue Label Brut 0
ws 92

A pale gold moire colour, a slightly fruity nose with a subtle predominance of white fruits: pear and apple. A balanced and elegant wine: the control of Nicolas Feuillatte blending. An ideal accompaniment for grilled ... more


BN#120132

Price:$54.00

in mixed case $49.68

SKU88586003899


Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label 0
ws 91

The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine. more


BN#262356

Price:$69.00

in mixed case $63.48

SKU81753814755


Taittinger Brut La Française 0
we 91
ws 90

An elegantly fresh and delicate Champagne blended from a high proportion of Chardonnay grapes to yield a refined flavor palette of pear and stone fruits offset by warm, yeasty notes and hints of breadcrust. The ... more


BN#120141

Price:$69.00

in mixed case $63.48

SKU84692501649


we 94
ws 93
bh 91

To the eye: A beautiful, pale golden hue, with very fine yet vivacious bubbles. To the nose: First, the impression of pastry shop. Then come the floral notes: Lime-tree in full bloom, violets, lilac, all ... more


BN#125783

Price:$74.00

in mixed case $68.08

SKU87236302153


Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2004
wa 97
we 97
ws 93

Brilliant yellow with light amber highlights. A beautiful mousse with fine cordon of persistent and regular bubbles. Intense and delicate. Revealing a clean and well-blended mixture of flavours of honey, cocoa, lightly toasted hazelnuts, candied ... more


BN#415190

Price:$299.00

SKU734599043055


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