Multiple Grapes, Champagne, France

Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the Sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Krug are world renowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
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  1. Canard Duchene 'Charles Vii' Brut Nv
    GRAPES: Pinot Noir: 50% and Chardonnay: 50%. Chardonnay dominates on the nose with its fruity, mineral character. The Pinot Noir imparts structure and maturity. A complex, refined and elegant wine. ... Learn More
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  2. Canard Duchene 'Charles Vii' Blancs De Blancs Nv
    100% Chardonnay. Attractive pale gold in appearance, Grande Cuvée des Lys Charles VII is an extremely refined Champagne, exuding pure white fruit aromas of pear or lychee on the nose. Creamy and silky on the palate, this Champagne is ideal ... Learn More
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