Bottles individually purchased: £257
Looking to get acquainted with the world of Artisan Champagne?
At under £40 per bottle, this is the perfect, great value selection to get you started! With two Chardonnays, a Pinot Noir, a Meunier, and a couple of very different blends for good measure, this case allows you to explore the region and discover where your tastes lie.
Classic Côte des Blancs Chardonnay from a clutch of Grand Cru holdings. Clean and chalky with tart lemon, fresh cut grass and a fascinating note of green chartreuse that is rare but delicious!
No exploration of styles and regions of Champagne would be complete without a trip to the Aube. This wine from Remi Leroy is one of our most popular cuvées of all time. A rich blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay it's bursting with character.
On to the second Chardonnay of the case but this time we head to the village of Montgueux – the most southerly chalk outcrop in Champagne, marooned alone just West of Troyes. Unlike Côte des Blancs Chardonnay, this cuvée brings much more in the way of tropical fruit and depth, without losing that archetypal freshness.
A classic blend now, just to show that small growers can rival the big brands! 50/30/20, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier respectively, with 7g/ltr. Coming from the legendary village of Bouzy this is a great comparison to Bollinger (similar blend, dosage and region). The wine displays a lovely round, fruity profile with a little chalk and a crisp, dry finish.
No NV selection would be complete without a Meunier... and this is a truly unique example. Coming from the heart of the Marne Valley, this wine is 100% made from a solera dating back to 1992! As you'd expect there is a lovely depth and weight to it, but it never loses that lovely fruity freshness.
The final bottle takes us back to the very east of the Marne and it's pure Pinot Noir. A cuvée we struggle to keep in stock no matter how much we buy, it displays a wonderful Provençal pink hue. Vinified 40% in oak, 40% in steel and 20% in concrete egg, it has plenty of fruit with great balance and texture, that really showcases the winemaker's talent and palate.