Blended Champagne Exploration
Bottles individually purchased: £307
The beauty of the blend has been synonymous with Champagne production since the 17th Century. Refined and championed by Dom Perignon, winemakers in Champagne came to realise that a blend allowed them to capture the freshness of Chardonnay, the richness of Pinot Noir and the playful fruitiness of Meunier, to create well-rounded and balanced wines.
Whilst grower Champagne typically differs from the Grand Marques due to the prevalence of single varietal and even single vineyard wines, blended cuvées are still produced by the majority our producers.
In this case, we have captured a range of our favourites that showcase just how diverse blended Champagne can be... and it offers a significant saving too!
We kick things off we a classic three grape blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier from the 2017/2016 vintages. Chalky, round, fruity with a surprising crisp, dry finish. This balanced, complex blend showcases the best grapes of featured years.
A brand new wine from a brand new producer based in the Petite Montagne de Reims. This blend of 37% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay 26% Meunier, is vinified in steel, with low dosage giving it a wonderfully clean, precise and focused delivery. Perrine also achieves a real sense of terroir with the texture on the palate.
Heading south to the village of Meurville in the Aube, Remi creates his Extra Brut from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (heavier on the former). The result is a juicy, rich and bold concoction that's great on it's own but will also stand up to food.
A new winemaker making waves! His style is big bold and vinous and, whilst this is his entry level non-vintage cuvée, it's a stupendously good introduction to the range. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the four exceptional villages of Bouzy, Ambonnay, Tauxières and Louvois and now certified organic.
We couldn’t have a selection of blends without a beautiful rosé and this is a wonderfully fresh and fruity example. 46% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 18% Meunier and 6% red wine added, there's ripe wild strawberries and a touch of cream with a lovely bitter note that links with the sugar really nicely.
Finishing with a flourish, it's one of our most popular wines of all time. A beautifully rich blend of 75% Chardonnay, 25% Meunier from the Marne. This wine is so warm and engaging with brilliant texture, depth of fruit and some toasty, buttery elements to boot. What's not to like?!