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Champagne Cheat Sheet – Christmas 2017

"What is the best champagne for a Christmas gift?" It's that time of the year again, the run into Christmas and New Years. Life is busy and you're pretty much in need of a few drinks come December 25th. Let me save you some time with this years Champagne Tipplers Cheat Sheet for the best …

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Review: Pierre Gimonnet Selection Belles Années Brut

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils is reasonably well known recoltant house based in Cuis, Champagne, some 6km south of Epernay. While the family has had its roots in growing grapes since around 1750, the wine making side of Gimonnet was founded in 1935 by Pierre himself. The modern house escalated from 1955 under the passionate watch of his son Michel, who passed on in 2008. Today …

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Review: Canard-Duchéne Grande Cuvée Charles VII Brut

Canard-Duchéne is a champagne house from Ludes, Champagne. Founded in 1868 by Victor Canard and Leonie Duchéne, the house and vineyard sits within the Montagne du Reims National Park. The house was provided with the special right to use the Russian Imperial coat of arms as the family emblem, and as such the two headed eagle …

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Triple Review: Veuve Monsigny Brut NV vs Moutard Grande Cuvee Brut NV vs Aubert et Fils Brut NV

While Champagne is typically an expensive drink - the average going price being ~$60 for a regular bottle - there are genuine offerings at the "low" end of the market, which starts at around $25. In this instance, the big 3 Supermarkets all have thrown their hat in the ring; Aldi with their Veuve Monsigny, Coles with Moutard …

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Review: Mailly Grand Cru Brut Reserve NV

Champagne Mailly is a cooperative establishment based in the village of Mailly, about 20 minutes south-east of Reims. The area has been growing grapes since the 13th century. The entire village has the prestige of being classified as a Grand Cru (premier class) area, with all of Mailly's 70 hectares of vineyards sitting within the borders. This classification means that the quality …

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Review: Baron De Villeboerg Brut NV

Baron De Villeboerg is a champagne brand of cooperative house CVCA (Chassenay D'Arce), who are based in Ville Sur Arce, deep in the south of Champagne. The brand (and its sibling; Chassenay D'Arce) are both imported by James Busby Fine Wines for the Coles group of liquor stores (First Choice, Vintage Cellars and Liquorland). But don't let …

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Review: Pierre Gimonnet Cuvée Cuis 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs NV

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils is reasonably well known recoltant house based in Cuis, Champagne, some 6km south of Epernay. While the family has had its roots in growing grapes since around 1750, the wine making side of Gimonnet was founded in 1935 by Pierre himself. The modern house escalated from 1955 under the passionate watch of his son Michel, who passed on in 2008. Today …

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Review: Charles Orban Blanc de Blancs NV

Champagne Charles Orban is recoltant maison (house) based in Troissy, deep in the Marne Valley of Champagne. The Orban family has its roots in growing grapes, and the house was founded in the 1950's after Charles Orban himself left the Troissy growers cooperative to give it a go on his own. In the 1960's Charles invested in a press …

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