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What is a Muselet?

What is a Muselet?

A Muselet is the wire cage that fits over the cork of a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine to prevent the cork from emerging under the pressure of the carbonated contents. Bottles were initially corked with pieces of wood with oil-sponged cloth, and then plunged in wax. They discovered very quickly that it was not sufficient to sustain…

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Premier Cru Champagnes – Champagne Dumangin

Premier Cru Champagnes – Champagne Dumangin

Champagne producers for 5 generations, Champagne J. Dumangin Fils offers a comprehensive range of internationally award winning Premier Cru Champagnes. Champagne La Cuvee 17  – the latest from the Dumangin Family. Champagne Premier Cru – Le Rose – Finesse, colour, fruit, quality make this Premier Cru pink Champagne an unmissable experience. Champagne Premier Cru – Le Vintage ‘2004’ – Feminine, delicate…

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Premier Cru Champagnes – Champagne Dumangin

Champagne Dumangin

1884 A star is born… Champagne Dumangin was created by Hippolyte Dumangin. Gilles Dumangin, 5th generation of successful winemakers, “upped” the range by introducing the several high class champagnes that helped position his top of the range wines: First he created the “Premium”, a delightful (unfortunately low yield) Blanc de Blancs cuvee in a wonderfully frosted white…

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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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