This week at iDealwine, we’re celebrating a region which produces the celebratory tipple par excellence; it is, of course, Champagne. With the finest grower-producer champagnes and most prestigious houses in the region, the selection is not to be missed. Here’s the cherry-on-top: when you buy three bottles, you’ll receive a free map of the region as well as a 10% discount. How does that sound?
The finest grower-producer champagnes
Our team of buyers travelled the length and breadth of Champagne, choosing the finest wines from grower-producers.
Starting in the west, in the Marne Valley, we recommend champagnes from Bedel et Fils, to our mind one of the most interesting biodynamic domains, using a majority of Pinot Meunier, with refined oxidative notes in a nicely-affirmed style. One of their neighbours is none other than Bourgeois-Diaz, another exciting, biodynamic domain that also primarily cultivates Pinot Meunier. Closer to Epernay is Domaine Laherte, which grows Meunier in the Marne and Chardonnay on the Côte des Blancs. Their champagnes, vinified in barrels, have wonderful depth and character. To the north of Epernay, domain Pouillon et Fils produces complex, ripe and powerful champagnes. Chartogne-Taillet champagnes – produced in casks, stainless steel, amphorae and concrete – are also absolute must-haves. For pure, vinous and energetic champagnes, look no further than Marguet. Lastly, we are very pleased to share a new partner domain with you, Leclerc Briant, a biodynamic domain in Epernay, whose terroir-driven champagnes are low in Sulphur and bursting with character.
In the Montagne de Reims, our favourite is undoubtedly Domaine Francis Boulard, which charm us with their power, sapidity, and the identity of the terroir which shines through so clearly. Perfect for with food. To the north-west, a darling of enophiles, Bérèche et Fils produces single-parcel cuvées matured in casks and demi-muids, striking an impressive balance between power, freshness and finesse.
On the Côte des Blancs, you must taste champagnes from Larmandier-Bernier, biodynamic blanc de blancs (100% Chardonnay) cuvées characterised by their frankness, finesse and slight oxidation from their oak-barrel aging. To the south of Epernay, don’t miss out on domain Suenen’s great terroir-driven champagnes, aged in oak and acacia barrels: finesse, freshness and elegance are the order of the day. Last but not least, the star of the region, domain Agrapart and its superb array of Chardonnay Grand Cru plots (in Avize, Cramant, Oger and Oiry). Meticulous artisanal work and vines cultivated “like a garden”, producing pure, highly mineral and saline champagnes. Finesse in a bottle!
The most renowned champagne houses
Bollinger, Taittinger, Ayala, Billecart-Salmon and Louis Roederer… The list goes on. These houses no longer need an introduction, and you know as well as we do that their champagnes are of impeccable quality. There are also slightly lesser-known houses that are equally interesting, such as Drappier, Deutz, Pol Roger, Philipponnat and Jacquesson (a big favourite of ours 😊). While their wines are rarer, they produce champagnes with the same respect and meticulous attention-to-detail.
Special offer and gift with the champagne selection
As champagne is the celebratory tipple par excellence, we decided to give out plenty of gifts during the sale! To start with – and the same goes for every regional sale – when you by any three bottles from the sale, we’ll send you a map of the Champagne wine region. Gift number 2: when you buy three bottles of the same champagne (offer excludes Suenen, Chartogne-Taillet and Marguet), get 10% discount.