The big brands — grandes marques — Veuve, Moët and Lanson and the rest have dominated Champagne for most of its history. They use their vineyard resources and blending skills to create 'house styles' — wines that have put their names up in lights around the world. More recently, so-called 'grower Champagnes' have also attracted attention. These smaller players add to the richness and diversity of the modern Champagne experience.
To celebrate the new state of the art in Champagne we've put together this brilliantly fizzy selection of six non-vintage wines, two from famous houses, three from grower-producers — and one that straddles the two categories.
NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve
NV Vazart-Coquart Grand Cru Brut Réserve Blanc de Blancs
NV Gosset Grande Réserve Brut
NV Robert Moncuit Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
NV Guy Charlemagne Réserve Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
NV Leclerc Briant Brut Réserve
Grandes Marques & Growers – the state of the art in Champagne today – all sparkling for your delectation this spring and over the coming summer.
Explore the two sides of Champagne now.
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.