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Grande Marques Champagne Case
Boizel always make some of the most precise, elegant and expressive Champagnes Sarah Knowles MW, our buyer for the region, tries each year. The perfect celebration Champagne, Brut Réserve is generous and fruity, while maintaining an effortless lightness of touch. A pinot noir-dominant blend, it also has an irresistible touch of brioche on the palate, rounding out the flavour beautifully.
A hedonist's dream from one of the great Champagne houses. The grapes – mostly pinot noir – are from grand cru vineyards, which explains the generous, full-bodied Bollinger style. Other factors that come into play include a first fermentation in oak (they even have their own cooper to make the barrels) and a minimum of 36 months ageing before disgorgement. The style is rich, full-flavoured and distinctive with a lovely creamy texture, tiny pinhead bubbles, and a refreshing extremely fine quality. The house remains family owned, and its dedication to quality enshrined in a charter of ethics which many of the better houses try to emulate.
Champagne Deutz is rather less well-known in the UK as most of the production is drunk enthusiastically by the French, though the house has historic ties with the UK. They make fine, pure Champagne in a style that is dry, graceful and delicate.
Famously opulent, always elegantly dry, Brut Premier combines equal parts pinot noir and chardonnay from Roederer's own vines, with 20% pinot meunier sourced from organic growers. The final blend is enriched by the addition of cask-aged mature wines, and spends three years on its lees to boost flavour and complexity yet further. Exquisitely balanced Champagne with a deliciously decadent touch.
Founded in 1849 by Monsieur Pol Roger, today the firm is still family owned and run by Christian de Billy and his son Hubert and their cousin Christian Pol Roger. Pol Roger own some 70 hectares in both the Côte de Blancs and Vallée de la Marne which supply 40% of their needs and their Champagne is consistently in the top half dozen in terms of quality. Sir Winston Churchill who loved it, memorably described Pol Roger’s residence as ‘the world’s most drinkable address’. This is the perfect aperitif Champagne: clean, floral, elegant and with a delicious biscuity flavour. Party Champagne par excellence but an indulgent treat with fish and chips too.
For an all-purpose foodie Champagne, we recommend this house favourite! The house style of Alfred Gratien, providers of Society bubbles for over a century, is influenced by longer fermentation, oak ageing and bottle maturity, and the resultant rich, rounded flavours make it a glorious accompaniment to all manner of courses and cuisines.