Champagne

Champagne wines

Champagne

Based in the village of Chigny-les-Roses on the Montagne de Reims, Gilles Dumangin is a gifted, wine-maker who has been at the forefront of a new wave of spirited, independent Champenois upping the qualitative ante and giving the less nimble Grande Marque houses a serious run for their money. We are grateful to Gilles for producing our popular 'own label' Champagne which amply fulfils the remit of being 'elegant, light and fruity', and therefore incredibly versatile. It is made from a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier and 25% each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His own 'Grande Réserve' bottling is made from exactly the same cépagement but is matured on its lees for an additional year before being disgorged; this imparts a toastier bouquet and slightly fuller and richer palate. The same blend is deployed in a third 'Extra Brut' cuvée, the difference here being a minimal dosage of just two grams of sugar per litre of wine. It has appealing citrus scents and a bone-dry palate making it the ideal fizz to accompany oysters or to adulterate with a shot of crème de cassis to produce a decadent Kir Royal.

Gilles superb rosé is made from 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and just 10% Pinot Meunier; it has a lovely coral pink colour, inviting crushed-berry aromas and flavours and fine, fresh finish. If you are thinking of drinking something aspirational and effervescent al fresco it should be at the top of your shopping list.

Gilles is uncompromising in his pursuit of excellence and only produces his vintage Champagne when he is fully satisfied he has the right raw materials. Blended from equal volumes of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that are lees-aged until deemed ready for release, it has a buttery brioche bouquet and a rich, complex palate of stewed orchard fruit and minerals. It will age well for (at least) a decade.

  • Yapp Champagne

    Yapp Champagne

    Our popular own label 'Yapp' Champagne, which is made from a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier and 25% each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is a fresh, light, uplifting wine that has a fine expression of fruit and does not demand any food accompaniment.

    • Bottle £29.00
    • Bottle Case £348.00
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  • Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Brut Grande Réserve

    Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Brut Grande Réserve

    "Tight-knit, perfumed, intriguing... One of my favourite non-vintage fizzes." Jancis Robinson, FT Weekend

    • Bottle £29.95
    • Bottle Case £359.40
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  • Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Extra Brut

    Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Extra Brut

    "Clean as a whistle and made from 25 per cent Chardonnay, 25 per cent Pinot Noir and 50 per cent Pinot Meunier, this is the perfect apéritif wine. The perky acidity and oodles of verve will slice through all number of tricky canapés, and it is a design classic with oysters. Fantastic value, too, Dumangin’s wines are all great value." (Matthew Jukes, Wine Correspondent for the Daily Mail).

    • Bottle £32.00
    • Bottle Case £384.00
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  • Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Rosé

    Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Rosé

    Coral pink in colour, this is a full-bodied rosé Champagne. It has a fine mousse and displays aromas of red-berry fruit followed by a palate of blackcurrants and raspberries prior to a dry finish.

    • Bottle £34.00
    • Bottle Case £408.00
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  • Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Cuvée 17

    Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Cuvée 17

    A 'graceful, heavenly' Champagne 'at a down to earth price' (according to wine writer, Matthew Jukes). This classic grower's Champagne, made predominantly from Premier Cru vines near Reims, is crisp, dry and biscuity.

    • Bottle £29.00
    • Bottle Case £348.00
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  • Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Vinothèque Extra Dry Premier Cru Millésime 1996

    Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Vinothèque Extra Dry Premier Cru Millésime 1996

    Full-bodied, with honeyed touches, this is an exceptional vintage Champagne of great character and finesse. The finish is long, with a delicious biscuity after taste. It recently scored 95/100 in the French wine guide 'Gilbert & Gaillard', an equal score to Dom Perignon’s Oenothèque 1996 (which is twice the price).

    • Bottle £125.00
    • Bottle Case £1,500.00
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  • Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Premier Cru Brut Vintage 2004

    Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Premier Cru Brut Vintage 2004

    The proper 'growers' Champagnes from J. Dumangin Fils are attracting increasing interest as opposed to the heavily branded offerings of the Grandes Marques. This vintage Champagne is only released when Gilles Dumangin believes it is readily approachable. Made from equal volumes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this alluring wine will age well for at least a decade if sympathetically cellared.

    • Bottle £39.00
    • Bottle Case £468.00
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