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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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Ayala Majeur Brut NV Champagne, Half Bottle,


Ayala Majeur Brut NV Champagne, half bottle is made from a ...

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375ml £14.77

Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne, Half Bottle,


Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne, Half Bottle, is ...

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375ml £17.75

Jacques Bardelot Brut NV Champagne,


Jacques Bardelot Brut NV Champagne has delicate and discree...

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750ml £18.96

Jacques Bardelot Rose NV Champagne,


Jacques Bardelot Rose NV Champagne has a rich bronze colour...

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750ml £19.94

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Half Bottle,


Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Half Bottle bo...

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375ml £21.37

Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Half Bottle,


Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Half Bottle is the def...

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375ml £21.86

Bollinger Rose NV Champagne, Half Bottle,


Bollinger Rose NV Champagne, half bottle, demonstrates uni...

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375ml £24.94

Ayala Majeur Brut NV Champagne,


Ayala Majeur Brut NV Champagne is made from a blend of the ...

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750ml £25.97

Sophie Baron Brut Grand Reserve Champagne,


Sophie Baron Brut Grand Reserve NV Champagne is produced in...

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750ml £26.95

Ayala Majeur Rose NV Champagne,


Ayala Majeur Rose NV Champagne has a delicate cherry hue an...

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750ml £28.77

A Fourtin Brut Rose NV Champagne,


Chanpagne A Fourtin Brut Rose NV Champagne is a delicate wi...

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750ml £29.99

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne,


Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne the texture is ful...

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750ml £33.35

Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne,


Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne is the definitive house...

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750ml £34.77

Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne,

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne is the result of ...

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750ml £35.75

Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


Complex fresh fruit and caramel flavours with an elegent, le...

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750ml £35.89

Joseph Perrier Champagne Brut, Cuvee Royale

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


A soft delicate flavour with an elegant golden colour

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750ml £35.95

Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne,


Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, is probably the m...

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750ml £37.20

Taittinger Champagne Brut Reserve,

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


Taittinger Champagne Brut Reserve, is made predominantly fr...

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750ml £37.55

Joseph Perrier Champagne, Cuvee Royale, Demi Sec

Fine and Full Bodied Medium Dry Champagne


A fresh and relaxed style with plenty of uncomplicated fruit...

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750ml £37.95

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne,


Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne boasts a deep g...

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750ml £38.94

Pol Roger Rich, Demi Sec NV Champagne,


Pol Roger Rich, Demi Sec NV Champagne was reintroduced to s...

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750ml £38.95

Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Yellow Label Brut,

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Yellow Label Brut, is the archety...

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750ml £39.99

Bollinger Rose Brut Champagne,


Bollinger Rose Brut Champagne, is a special non-vintage ros...

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750ml £42.96

Pol Roger Pure Extra Brut NV Champagne,


Pol Roger Pure Extra Brut NV Champagne is the newest addit...

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750ml £46.95

Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Champagne 2009,


Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Champagne, 2009 has a silky gol...

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750ml £47.99

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