Review: Heidsieck & Monopole Blue Top Brut NV

One of the 3 champagne houses originating from the famous Heidsieck family, Heidsieck  & Co Monopole was founded in 1785 by Henri Louis Walbaum and Auguste Heidsieck. Based out of Reims, the house is today owned by the Vranken Pommery group. Although the house's lineage is based off the famed Piper-Heidsieck establishment, Monopole & Co has …

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Review: Lanson Gold Label Brut Vintage 2005

Champagne Lanson is the ninth largest house in Champagne, and certainly one of the richest in terms of history. Founded in 1760 by Francois Delamotte, the house became “Lanson” after the appointment of close family friend Jean-Baptiste Lanson to the helm of the company in the early 1800’s. Second-generation owner Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, who was a …

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Review: Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV

Billecart-Salmon is a well known, mid sized house located in the quiet village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, in Champagne. Founded in 1818 by the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, the house has retained its family heritage and is today managed by François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, who work under the watchful eye of their father; …

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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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