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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 Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne, 2010,


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750ml £48.96

Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV Champagne,


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750ml £51.93

Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne,

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Rose Champagne


Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne is a soft rose, light a...

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750ml £52.53

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Champagne, 2008

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


Veuve Clicquot Vintage Champagne, has a waxy texture that s...

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750ml £59.95

Louis Roederer Vintage Rose Champagne 2011,


Louis Roederer Vintage Rose Champagne, 2011 is light, golde...

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750ml £62.99

Pol Roger Brut Vintage Champagne 2008,


Pol Roger Brut Vintage Champagne, 2008 has excellent purity...

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Bollinger, La Grande Annee Brut, Vintage Champagne, 2007

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


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750ml £69.76

Pol Roger Vintage Rose Champagne 2008,


Pol Roger Vintage Rose Champagne, 2008 has an intense pink ...

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750ml £69.99

Pol Roger Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2009,


Pol Roger Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 2009 boasts a ...

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750ml £71.45

Louis Roederer Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2010,


Louis Roederer Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 2010 is a...

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750ml £73.97

Bollinger, La Grande Annee Rose, Vintage Champagne, 2005


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750ml £78.73

Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Magnum,


Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, magnum is the definiti...

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1500ml £78.95

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne Magnum,


Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne, magnum boasts ...

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1500ml £86.99

Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne, Magnum,


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1500ml £89.95

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Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Vintage Champagne 1999

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne


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750ml £102.60

Bollinger Rose NV Champagne, Magnum,


Bollinger Rose NV Champagne, magnum, demonstrates unique b...

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1500ml £103.84

Bollinger R.D. Vintage Champagne, 2002,


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750ml £148.85

Krug Champagne Grand Cuvee

Finest Quality Dry Champagne, Pure Class


An extravagently expansive bouquet, creamy texture and an ex...

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750ml £149.45

Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage Champagne 2009,


Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage Brut, 2009 has a y...

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750ml £149.60

Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne, 2006

Finest Quality Dry Champagne, Pure Class


Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne, is from an outstanding harv...

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750ml £149.95

Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Vintage Rose Champagne, 2002

Fine and Full Bodied Dry Rose Champagne


Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Vintage Rose Champagne, has a nos...

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750ml £150.88

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Vintage Champagne, 2007

Finest Quality Dry Champagne, Pure Class


Round with excellent freshness that compliments the palate, ...

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750ml £199.57

Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne, Jeroboam,


Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Champagne, Jeroboam, is the resu...

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Jeroboam £209.00

Krug Rose Champagne

Finest Quality Rose Champagne, Pure Class


Pale pink-gold, with an exquisite palate of wild berries, gi...

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750ml £275.00

Bollinger Rose NV Champagne, Jeroboam,


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300cl £279.60