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My palate is one for purity, elegance and vivacity. Regarding champagne, I love what is in the glass but I also love what lies beyond. Champagne is an intriguingly complex and diverse region. A world of luxury and a truly fine wine. Still, where champagne is, fun begins. But knowing more makes it even greater fun. This is the Essence of Champagne.
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Latest blog

Dom Pérignon 2006 and Richard Geoffroy on Vintages

On the eve of launching the new 2006 vintage, Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy is at ease – even exited – about Champagne’s warming vintages for Dom Pérignon: ‘I feel like I am thriving on the warm years’. He is not shy to demonstrate a broader scope of vintage expressions being increasingly comfortable at extremes. […]

Featured house

Pol Roger

Much more famous than the house’s production volumes would entail, Pol Roger are one of the great aristocrats and guardians of traditions in the region. This consistently great family-owned house is perhaps best known for its links with Winston Churchill, who was recognized, among many other things, as an epicurean and champagne lover. Churchill’s long-term friendship with Odette Pol Roger encouraged the house to create a prestige cuvée in Churchill’s honour.



CSW World Champs 2015-015
Best in Class Champagnes at CSWWC 2015

Best Champagne (REGIONAL CHAMPION) * Louis Roederer 2004 Cristal Rosé Brut Award received by Charles King of Maisons Marques et Domaines on behalf of chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon   Champagne Extra Brut * Jacquart NV Extra-Brut Jacquart chef de cave Floriane Eznack receiving the award   Champagne Future Release * Palmer & Co NV […]