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The appellation of champagne has strict rules, both in what grapes are used and its production methods, all leading to the drive for perfection and the class and style all people expect from this famous and unique sparkling wine. Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK list champagne from all the great properties, including Brut Champagne, Ultra Brut Champagne, Demi-Sec Champagne, Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Rose Champagne and Vintage Champagne.
The principle grape varieties used for making champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and must be grown within the Champagne designated areas. "Methode Champenoise" is the only way champagne can be made and after the first fermentation and bottling, a second fermentaion takes place in the bottle via the help of a small dose of sugar. After aging in the bottle a process of remuage takes place whereby the bottle which nearly upside down is turn by man or machine to settle the lees in the neck of the bottle. Then the neck is frozen thus enabling the now frozen lees to pop out under natural pressure.
The six most important styles of champagne that Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants promote are as follows:
BRUT CHAMPAGNE……..is by far the highest volume of all champagne styles produced, probably in excess of ninety percent. The dosage of sugar added after fermentation is small and resulting in a dry, flavoursome and very popular champagne.
ULTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE……..is probably the champagne with the lowest volume produced. It is a very dry style with less than half the sugar dosage of Brut Champagne and can be an acquired taste.
DEMI-SEC CHAMPAGNE……..is popular with people who find the Brut too dry and sharp. The sugar dosage will vary from two to three times that of Brut Champagne, hence some Demi-Sec Champagnes can be a little too sweet for most.
BLANC de BLANCS CHAMPAGNE………a very popular Champagne since it portrays more fruit and depth of flavour than Brut, probably because its one grape chardonnay seems to get better and better after each year maturing in the bottle.
ROSE CHAMPAGNE……….is made by blending a small amount of red wine or letting the clear grape juice come in contact with the skins of the dark grapes used in the process. Rose Champagne tastes and styles vary a great deal and the medium flavour wines can prove very popular because of their easy drinking features.
VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE……….while non-vintage champagne can be blend of more than two harvests, vintage champagne must be produced totally from one years harvest i.e. the year on the label. The year when a vintage is declared will be associated with a very good growing season and final harvest, not all producers will declare at the same time, its similar to the protocol of vintage port. Careful selection of grapes after harvest and control during the long maturation process usually means a great champagne will have been delivered.
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Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne, Half Bottle, is the result of the delicate blending between harvest grapes and a majority of reserve wines, part of which have been aged in magnums for five to fifteen years. The wine has a golden colour and nose picks-up ripe fruit and hints of spice. Long well structured taste with flavours of pear and fresh walnut.
Ayala Majeur Brut NV Champagne, half bottle is made from a blend of the finest chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. Light gold in colour with abundant fine bubbles. Open and expressive on the nose with delicate notes of citrus fruits and flowers. Good fruity flavours on the palate combine well with a long satisfying finish. Perfect for an aperitif, pairs harmoniously with seafood or poultry.
Jacques Bardelot Brut NV Champagne has delicate and discreet aromatics of fresh fruits and flowers and is blessed with a fine and very active mousse. The palate again picks-up the fruits, but this time mixed with dry citrus and lemon flavours. The long lasting finish goes well with most types of seafood and also fruit pies, such as apple.
Jacques Bardelot Rose NV Champagne has a rich bronze colour with huge amounts of bubbles and the delicate nose reminds one of fresh picked raspberries or redcurrents. The same fruit evolves around the palate and helps with its lingering fresh finish. A first class aperitif or try with creamy desserts.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Half Bottle boasts a deep golden hue with delicate, vivacious and long-lasting bubbles and are the result of a long, slow maturing process in chalk cellars. Thanks to 40% of reserve wines, the blend offers a complex, elegant, voluptuous nose with a touch f freshly baked brioche, rich toasted notes and sun-drenched fruits-mango, apricot and mirabelle plum-accented by dried fruits, pistachio and almond. On the palate the texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry, filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. The selection of resrve wines gives the wine lushness. The finish unveils notes of praline and vanilla and makes a wonderful aperitif or can be friends with seafood or light meat starters.
Ayala Majeur Brut NV Champagne is made from a blend of the finest chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. Light gold in colour with abundant fine bubbles. Open and expressive on the nose with delicate notes of citrus fruits and flowers. Good fruity flavours on the palate combine well with a long satisfying finish. Perfect for an aperitif of pairs harmoniously with seafood or poultry.
Sophie Baron Brut Grand Reserve NV Champagne is produced in family owned vineyards with the majority of vines being pinot meunier. The Grand Reserve is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats and undergoes malolactic fermentation to give it roundness and wonderful flowery nose. The taste is of dried apricots and white peaches, which also provides a well balanced long-lasting aftertaste. Goes exceedingly well with cold seafood and white meat salads.
Ayala Majeur Rose NV Champagne has a delicate cherry hue and the mousse is very fine and persistent. The nose displays aromas of red fruits like strawberries and cherries with nuances of spice. On the palate, the wine is light, fresh and well balanced. It has a rich, lasting finish with flavours of ripe red gooseberry and raspberry lingering in the the background. Goes well with most dishes, perhaps less with dark or red meat.
Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne
Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Yellow Label Brut, is the archetypal fizz with attitude and apricot flavours backed by a lingering creamy finish. An attractively nuanced bouquet, and a mouth filling classic taste, sound with a fresh finish.
Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne is the result of the delicate blending between harvest grapes and a majority of reserve wines, part of which have been aged in magnums for five to fifteen years. The wine has a golden colour and nose picks-up ripe fruit and hints of spice. Long well structured taste with flavours of pear and fresh walnut.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne 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. Will pair well with shellfish or meat and fish terrines.
Ayala Majeur Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne, 2010 has a light gold colour, bright, fine with abundant bubbles. The nose senses a generosity of white peach and exotic fruits like mango and lychee. The white fruits are well focused and have great depth on the palate with a finish that is fine and delicate and offers rare length and aromatic concentration. The purity of its aromatic character maks Blanc de Blancs the perfect aperitif, but will also pair well with white fish, shellfish and soft creamy cheeses.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne boasts a deep golden hue with delicate, vivacious and long-lasting bubbles and are the result of a long, slow maturing process in chalk cellars. Thanks to 40% of reserve wines, the blend offers a complex, elegant, voluptuous nose with a touch f freshly baked brioche, rich toasted notes and sun-drenched fruits-mango, apricot and mirabelle plum-accented by dried fruits, pistachio and almond. On the palate the texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry, filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. The selection of resrve wines gives the wine lushness. The finish unveils notes of praline and vanilla and makes a wonderful aperitif or can be friends with seafood or light meat starters.
Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Blancs has glittering green glints and a delicate effervescence in the glass. On the nose there are aromas of zesty lemon, limestone and fresh brioche. Notes of raisins, Mirabelle plums, pears and a peppery touch. This is a full bodied style with an entrancing mid palate,
Bollinger Rose Brut Champagne, is a special non-vintage rose and is the first wine to come from Bollinger for more than 30 years, modelled on its Special Cuvee blend, combining the fruits of previous harvests with reserve wines from their cellars in Ay. The final component-which provides the pink colour and delicate aromas, is a proportion of still red which comes from Bollinger\'s Grand Cru vineyards.
Champagne Piper Heidsieck Vintage 2012 is golden in colour with fresh aromas of lime and tangerines, hint of almond. On the palate notes of pomegranate, ripe black cherry, blueberries and honey. There is a refreshing acidity and a long silky finish.
Fine and Full Bodied Dry Rose Champagne
Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne is a soft rose, light and refreshing with flowery character and hints of summer fruits Produced through direct vinification of Pinot Noir grapes, a Champagne with a bouquet of summer fruits
Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV Champagne to the eye has a sophisticated powdery pink robe with luminous glints of wild rose. Delicate, vivacious bubbles are the result of an aging period of over four years. On the nose its subtle, yet complex initial fragrances of home-made strawberry jam come forth mixed with the fruitiness of vineyard peaches. The palate offers a burst of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry nestled in velvety whipped cream. A wine for fine desserts or welcoming aperitif.
Bollinger, La Grande Annee Rose, Vintage Champagne 2005 Crafted solely from Grand and Premier Cru wines, all aged in small old oak casts. Its delicate pink hue is procured by adding to the blend 5 to 7% of red wine from Côte aux Enfants, Bollinger\'s legendary plot in its vineyards in Aÿ.