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The Wines

Champagne - Wines

Champagne is a region synonymous with style and luxury. From the time of Dom Perignon in the 17th century, the worldwide demand for champagne has been staggering. The British have a distinct thirst for champagne and take their fair share!

In reality, most champagnes are a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, from a number of vintages. Non vintage champagne as it is called, is a style responsible for around 80% of total production. Although the Grande Marques are the best known worldwide (such as Veuve Cliquot and Lanson), some of the best champagnes come from the small recoltants.

We are proud to work with two small, family-run recoltants based near Reims and Épernay. They produce wonderful champagnes that have elegance, class … and style!

 

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The Vineyards

Maison Lenique

Maison Lenique are a small independent producer whose wines have delighted our members for nearly two decades. Based in the small town of Pierry close to Épernay in the Côte des Blancs, their champagnes are dominated by Chardonnay, which gives them a delicious liveliness and zip in youth and the ability to soften and gain in complexity after a year or two in cellar.

Our exclusive Cuvée 3D is a firm favourite and one of our biggest selling wines of all. It is consistently fresh and balanced with lovely lemony fruit coupled with toasty richness. We also offer a top of the range Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs vintage, which is quite rare and offered in distinctive bottles called sacres.

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  • International Wine Gold

    Champagne Cuvée 3D 2007

  • International Wine Bronze

    Champagne Cuvée 3D 2012

  • International Wine Commended

    Champagne Cuvée 3D 2013

  • International Wine Commended

    Champagne Vintage 2013

One of our most popular wines and with good reason! A high proportion (over 70%) of Chardonnay grapes are used in the exclusive 3D blend, sourced from the small but famous vineyards in the Côte des Blancs.  They provide a minerality and liveliness to the wine. The rest of the blend is made up of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Around 25% reserves were used from previous vintages, which adds a degree of richness and roundness to the final assemblage.

Champagne Cuvée 3D

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This luxury cuvée is something of a rarity! It is made from 100% Chardonnay from the famous village of Le Mesnil in the Côte de Blancs. It is a Grand Cru and also a vintage – making it very special indeed! It has aromas and flavours of tightly knit orchard fruits such as greengage and limes intermixed with  linden and roasted nuts. It can age wonderfully well, developing complex stone fruit and toasty nuances over a decade. Very stylish indeed.

Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Vintage

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Vintage is the ultimate expression of champagne; made from the very best grapes from a single year.  This is is a delicious blend of 80% Chardonnay, mainly from the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.  The balance is Pinot Noir from Vincelles.  It has attractive and delicate aromas leading to a fresh, uplifting palate with richness and complexity and a fine, creamy texture.  Drink now or over the next 5-7 years. Try it with sushi or crab.

Champagne Vintage

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Champagne Fresne Ducret

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Pierre and Daniella Fresne own six hectares of vines surrounding the pretty village of Ville Dommange just eight kilometres to the west of Reims. Planted mainly with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, all the vines are rated Premier Cru in quality.

The Fresne family have been making champagne in the village for seven generations.  However, it wasn’t until after World War II that they began to produce and market their own label.  Pierre took over the operations from his father in January 2007 after studying oenology in Épernay and doing vintages in Burgundy and New Zealand. His champagnes combine elegance with a certain richness and depth.

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  • International Wine Gold

    Champagne Fresnésie Vintage 2011

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    Champagne Brut Origine NV 2011

The vintage Champagne Fresnésie is based predominantly on Pinot Noir which thrives in the Reims region. It is has a lovely richness and depth as well as having a very fine and creamy mousse. The citrus and orchard fruit flavours reverberate and linger in the mouth and lead to a long mineral infused finish. Will age for a decade or more.

Champagne Fresnésie Vintage

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The Brut Origine is a Blanc de Noirs as it is made from 100% Pinot Noir and Meunier. It is also a Premier Cru champagne that has had three years ageing on the lees, which is longer than most non-vintage champagnes. This extended ageing gives the Brut Origine a deepish colour as well as a very fine, creamy mousse (or bubbles). It is elegant with crisp apple and pear fruit and a pleasing toasty richness from the extended lees contact. There is also a seam of chalky minerality in the long finish.

Champagne Brut Origine NV

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The Accommodation

The hotels, chambres d’hôtes and gîtes we recommend in Champagne are all personally known to us and are where we stay when we visit our winemakers. They have been selected because they are convenient for the vineyards, offer a warm welcome and provide good value for money within their category.

  • Most of our recommended places to stay offer a discount to 3D members.
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