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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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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.
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.
Louis Roederer Vintage Rose Champagne, 2011 is light, golden pink in colour with fine, delicate bubbles and aromas of red fruits, cocoa and dry flowers. On the palate there is an immediate concentration of flowers and blood orange, bringing a sensation of luxurious richness as well as tangy freshness. It is a fantastic pairing with fish such as salmon, meat including lamb, veal, guinea fowl and pheasant. Also try with red fruit desserts.
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
Pol Roger Brut Vintage Champagne, 2008 has excellent purity and refinement on the nose, very focused. Autolytic complexity, toasted bread and pastry, but also red fruits and a hint of spice. The palate shows excellent depth of fruit, but also very firm, taut acidity to compliment the richness. Long and persistent finish, very well integrated dosage and built for the long haul. Will keep for another twenty years.
Pol Roger Vintage Rose Champagne, 2008 has an intense pink peppercorn colour with a fine stream of persistent bubbles. The nose has aromas of red fruit and summer berries. On the palate the first impressions are freshness with notes of fragrant wild strawberry, this develops into creamy ripeness with hints of vanilla. If the wine is allowed to blossom in the glass, a further layer of citrus aromas appears, with notes of grapefruit on the finish. The wine boasts a linear structure and rare finesse complimented by intensity of flavour. This is a Rose Champagne with great personality. Try with grilled fish, cold meat salads or fruit tarts.
Pol Roger Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 2009 boasts a pale-yellow-gold colour with a continuous thread of lingering bubbles. On the nose, the first notes are of citrus fruits coupled with almond, imparting a delightful freshness to the wine, which progressively yield to aromas of white flowers and honet. The palate is dominated by a firm backbone, revealing the mineral character of the great\"terroirs\" from the Cotes des Blancs and is remarkably balanced with a long-lasting aftertaste.
Louis Roederer Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 2010 is a yellow-gold in colour with subtle green tints and subtle, smooth effervescence. An intense bouquet of golden plum and tangy mango, candied lemon, flowers and buttery pastries. A light aeration reveals hints of sugared almonds, white chocolate with a slight vanilla edge and baked apples. The expectation is for a substantial and voluminous follow-up, but instead the initial intensity subsides revealing the precision, purity and chalky, mineral freshness of the grand Avize chardonnays. A perfect match with oysters, clams, Prawns and langoustines. Also try with goats cheese salad.
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.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, magnum is the definitive house-style, composed from thirty still base wines drawn from at least three vintages, and the three varieties of Champagne, pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier blended in equal portions. The pinot noir comes from the villages of the Montagne de Reims and contributes body and character; the chardonnay comes from Epernay itself and the Cote des Blancs and provides lightness and elegance; the pinot meunier comes from the Vallee de la Marne and provides youthfulness and vigour. The perfect aperitif champagne which is never released until it is at least three years old.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne, magnum 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.
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne, Magnum, 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.
Fine and Full Bodied Dry Champagne
Bollinger, La Grande Annee Brut, Vintage Champagne 2012 is a deep creamy yellow, becoming nutty and winey, but still youthful, with great depth and complexity. Elegantly dry and crisp. Very clean with a beautifully balanced palate and length, Vinified in small oak barrels.
Fine and Full Bodied Dry Rose Champagne
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Vintage Rose Champagne, has a nose of wild strawberries and redcurrent, followed by a palate of fruit, brioche, baked bread and toasted nuts. Impressive,
Finest Quality Dry Champagne, Pure Class
Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne, is from an outstanding harvest worthy of vintage champagne, matured in cellars for seven years, Intense, sophisticated, seamless, creamy flow Full of life with a fresh nose spiralling of aromas, blending hints of angelica, dried flowers, pineapple, coconut, cinnamon, cocoa and tobacco. Fullness of mouth, its earthy, smoky, pearly complexity rises to the surface, underscored by vibrant peppery spice.
Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage Brut, 2009 has a yellow gold colour with amber tints and persistant, fine and lively bubbles. Subtle on the nose of citrus compote, candied apricots and honeysuckle. When aerated, notes of vanilla and cocoa bean emerge, with toasted hazelnut, hints of liquorice and even a touch of cinnamon. The palate is structured and energetic with chalky, cherry freshness and an almost mentholated brightness. The Cristal 2009 is delicate and etherial, exceptionally focussed and full of fruit driven energy. Perfect with white fish such as sole and monkfish and also white meats.
Finest Quality Dry Champagne, Pure Class
Round with excellent freshness that compliments the palate, displaying notes of butter, brioche , toasted bread
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Jeroboam 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 of 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.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, Jeroboam is the definitive house-style, composed from thirty still base wines drawn from at least three vintages, and the three varieties of Champagne, pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier blended in equal portions. The pinot noir comes from the villages of the Montagne de Reims and contributes body and character; the chardonnay comes from Epernay itself and the Cote des Blancs and provides lightness and elegance; the pinot meunier comes from the Vallee de la Marne and provides youthfulness and vigour. The perfect aperitif champagne which is never released until it is at least three years old.
Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage Rose, 2009 is elegant and profound with dark berries, forest fruits and ripe Morello cherry on the nose, reminiscent of concentrated, tangy jam. The immediate effect on the palate is velvety, silky and enchanting – characteristic of the great Pinot Noir from Aÿ, simultaneously intense with a tight strructure, all the while remaining delicate, subtle and etherial. Food Pairing