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An Irrefusable Invite and A Sneak Preview: Krug Part II

An Irrefusable Invite and A Sneak Preview: Krug Part II

Part of the deal here is that one of the wines is a secret for the next few days. Needless to say it’s Krug, it’s vintage Krug, and it will be the next vintage to be released. We tasted it against the lovely 2000 Krug and two different batches of Grande Cuvee: one based on…

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Krug's New Release: An Irrefusable Invite for a Sneak Preview

Krug’s New Release: An Irrefusable Invite for a Sneak Preview

Whilst not best known for my self-discipline, offers that simply CAN’T be refused are few and far between.  One such offer came late last year: would I like to hop on a couple of trains and spent a little time with Olivier Krug and his team for a sneak preview of the next vintage to…

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Pruning The Vines

Pruning The Vines

I recently visited the Champagne region carrying out some research into new champagnes (new in the sense they have no presence in the UK market) and I am delighted to say that we discovered some amazing new champagnes. I’ll blog more about these soon, but one thing I love about visiting the region is that…

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Should Champagne houses list disgorgement dates on bottles?

Should Champagne houses and sparkling wine list disgorgement dates on their bottles? Most Champagne houses don’t put disgorgement dates on their bottles, however, Bruno Paillard have been putting disgorgement dates on their bottles for nearly 30 years and were the first to do so. Other Champagne houses that also list disgorgement dates include: Lanson, Krug, Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Tarlent, Charles…

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What's your favourite Champagne?

What’s your favourite Champagne?

Champagne is not just a drink for weddings & celebrations it can be enjoyed at any time and not just as an aperitif, it can be enjoyed with many different types of foods. There are so many Champagnes that you may not know where to begin and what to try. The character of some Champagnes…

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Henriot Champagne

Henriot Champagne

It was in 1808, under Apolline Henriot, that Champagne Henriot was officially founded. She was the niece of the very famous Abbe Godinot, who contributed to improvements in viticulture and the making of the Champagne wine. Apolline, an enterprising woman of great character, sold her wines both in France and abroad. The champagne wines became a…

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Tsarine Champagne

Tsarine Champagne

Tsarine is the prestige cuvee from Champagne House Chanoine Freres, the second oldest Champagne house. It was founded by brothers Jacques-Louis and Jean-Baptiste Chanoine in 1730. Champagne of the Tsars, Tsarine was created in honour of Tsarist Russia (the No.1 export market in the 19th Century). The attractive and unique bottle was inspired by the Kremlin where Tsar…

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Ruinart Champagne

Ruinart Champagne

Ruinart is the oldest established Champagne house, exclusively producing Champagne since 1729. Founded by Nicolas Ruinart in the city of Reims. he realised the ambitions of his uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart: to make Ruinart an authentic Champagne House. In the period immediately following the 1728 edict of Louis XV, which authorized the transport of wine in bottles,…

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Champagne At War

Champagne At War

For many, Champagne still remains an unaffordable luxury even to this day. Bearing this in mind, it is quite remarkable that with one of the most harrowing conflicts raging all around them, the Champagne growers of the early twentieth century did not just cease to produce – they excelled. As we look back on the…

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