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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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Baron De Villeboerg

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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Review: Henriot Brut Souverain NV

Champagne Henriot is an independent champagne house based in Reims. It has been maintained by the family line since its inception in 1808, when it was founded by Apolline Henriot shortly after the death of her husband (with whom she had spent many years researching the development of wines). 1850 marked the first time Henriot became official supplier to royalty; the …

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Moet Nectar Imperial NV Demi Sec

Review: Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial NV

The world's largest producer of champagnes by a fair margin, Moët et Chandon is a juggernaut of a house based in Epernay, Champagne. Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, the brand now sits within the prestigious LVMH group (as the M, no less) as one of it's most distinguishable brands. With 1150 hectares of vineyards and …

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Champagne Henri Laurent NV Review

Review: Henri Laurent Brut NV

Henri Laurent is a "Negociant Manipulant" champagne produced by Recoltant (Grower) house Champagne Charpentier of Charly sur Marne, Champagne, for Coles who distribute it throughout Australia. Via the technicalities of champagne law, a Recoltant House can't sell champagne made from grapes it hasn't grown itself. This means a NM coded wine like Henri Laurent is significantly built from grapes that Charpentier has bought from external growers. This is why …

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Champagne Lallier R.012

Review: Lallier R.012 Brut NV

Champagne Lallier is a house based in Ay, and was founded in 1906 by Rene Lallier, who had married into the champagne business. 90 years later, the founder's grandson Rene-James Lallier took to modernising the house with upgrades to the production facilities and cellars in which Lallier's champagnes are crafted. Only 8 years later (2004), Rene-James decided to sell …

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