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The small single estate champagne of François Secondé is in the pretty village of Sillery, some 10 kilometres south-east of Reims on the River Vesle and by the main autoroute. The quiet bijou centre and boat marina are pleasingly separated … Continue reading

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This producer is, along with Champagne Vilmart, one of only two elite champagne domaines to emerge so far from the premiers crus triumvirate villages of Rilly-la-Montage, Chigny-les-Roses and Ludes, which sit at the western edge of the northern Montage de … Continue reading

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There’s more excitement and discovery in domaine or single estate champagne (called ‘grower’ by many) than any other world wine region these days. One proof is how you can come across the very good with no warning. Ear to the … Continue reading

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This high quality producer from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger  on the Côtes des Blancs, is available and becoming better known in the UK, and is already established on other export markets. For the chapagnerati and the curious, a warning that the more … Continue reading

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Champagne Agrapart, a single estate based in Avize, with most of its its 12 ha spread over several Côtes des Blancs grands crus, is now Champagne royalty. Something perhaps hard to grasp when you meet the studiedly, and sometimes shy, … Continue reading

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Ruinart is the oldest champagne house, founded 1729, a tenet of champagne lore.  In 1728 Louis XV let champagne be transported in bottle as well as barrel and this meant sparkling champagne could be sold to the elite classes of … Continue reading

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Under the radar does not quite describe this up and coming Avize single champagne estate. Suffice to say it is on the horizon of the global coterie of domaine champagne watchers. Everyone I have shared the wines with has been … Continue reading

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Champagne Billecart-Salmon is a very important leading producer, and every champagne enthusiast needs to be familiar with its wine. Within Champagne’s top echelon it might be termed a ’boutique house’, neither minuscule nor a gargantuan brand. Billecart-Salmon is set apart … Continue reading

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La Côte des Bar, the Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube combined, sometimes called the ‘Aube’, has renewed importance in Champagne. No serious champagne lover can ignore it with the excuse it’s a bit far from Reims and Epernay. It is. But nowadays … Continue reading

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Champagne visitors might overlook this important house founded in 1825, for no other reason than its relative isolation from the rest, situated in Châlons-en-Champagne, some way beyond Reims to the south-east. Until 1998 named Châlons-sur-Marne, this large town, a quarter … Continue reading

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