We have a large range of sparkling wines, all made in France, from Champagne to many other Méthode Traditionelles, as well as Crémant and mousseux.
Champagne Testulat, an exclusive champagne grower
A fine, small Champagne grower’s house, this producer is renowned for an outstanding dry Champagne.
The history of this Champagne grower goes back to 1862, with the purchase of its first vineyard. The choice of vineyards has been very important in its quest to make the best Champagne. The focus today is to minimise the impact on the environment; therefore the business is working towards sustainable farming.
Champagne Testulat specialises in the black champagne grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; both the Carte d’Or and the Rosé are fifty-fifty blends of these two varieties, with all the biscuity richness one would expect. The Blanc de Blancs, from 100% Chardonnay, provides a contrasting style that majors on finesse. The cuvee Prestige is made from 50% Chardonnay – 50% Pinot Noir. The powerful and complex nose of this Champagne reveals the fine development of the assembly of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. On the palate there are hints of brioche and ripe dark fruits. This Champagne is generous and rich, offering notes of spice and stewed fruits (plums).
The Cuvee Paul Vincent Millesimee Brut is a very special wine, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes. This Champagne was made with the best vineyards of the family property from the harvest of 2011. After the bottling in 2012, the wine stayed for a long time in their cellars in contact with sediment, which developed the aromas. This wine is characterized by the fineness and elegance of this grape variety.
We stock a wide range of their Champagne:
- Champagne Cuvee Carte D’Or
- Champagne Cuvee de Reserve
- Champagne Rosé Brut
- Champagne Blanc de Blanc
- Champagne Cuvée Prestige
- Champagne Cuvée Millésimée P. Vincent (vintage)
- Champagne Brut Blanc De Blanc – Magnum (1.5L)
- Champagne Brut Tradition ** Silver Medal 2009 World Competition Bruxelles **
We also offer Champagne from other Domaines.
Vouvray from Domaine Vigneau Chevreau
Le Domaine Vigneau Chevreau is established on vineyards that have been used to make wines since the Roman Empire. But it is Saint Martin who, in 372, developed the Vouvray appellation right outside Tours. The family domaine was founded in 1875, and over 5 generations they have developed it to be the well-recognised estate it is today. It is thanks to this family structure that the know-how has been passed through the generations.
Since 1995 the domaine has been operating under the bio-dynamic concept developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, which is a growing method that is going further than just excluding chemicals from the growing process. It is a holistic approach, using natural treatments at very specific times, depending on the moon, sun or other planets’ positions, and considering the whole eco-system. This also means that the harvest is made by hand, respecting the vines and the grapes. Also, now all the wines produced by the Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau are certified organic.
The only grape variety allowed in Vouvray is Chenin Blanc. There is probably nowhere else in France or in the world that has mastered this grape variety better. This grape can make some dry, semi-dry or dessert wines called ‘Moelleux’, which are only produced in the best years, when the ‘noble rot’ botrytis develops in the autumn in the vineyard. The grapes are then hand-harvested, grape by grape, 7 times, to produce the delicate nectar. The wine produced is known to be the longest cellaring white wine in the world. The best year can be kept for more than 50 years. We actually have some wine from the sixties in our temperature-controlled cellar. The semi-dry can keep for up to 30 years, and the dry 10 to 15 years.
Vigneau Chevreau also produces sparkling wine. The Méthode Traditionelles and Petillants are produced with the fruits of the younger vines of the Domaine, which offer a greater yield than older vines. The wine is cellared first for several years, and then it goes through a second fermentation in the bottle before being sent to customers. The pressure for the Méthode Traditionelle is 5 bars and the Petillant is only 3.5 bars, which makes it a more subtle sparkling.
These wines are a very good alternative to Champagne, and a bottle costs, on average, about half the price of a good Champagne.
Other Méthode Traditionnelle
Blanquette de Limoux Brut
Blanquette de Limoux is produced around the city of Limoux in Languedoc in southwestern France. The main grape of the region is the Mauzac, locally known as Blanquette, followed by Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Wine historians believe that the world’s first sparkling wine was produced in this region in 1531, by the monks at the abbey in Saint-Hilaire. The name Blanquette de Limoux has been used for a long time for the sparkling wines from Limoux. “Blanquette” actually just means “small white” in the local Occitan language. Blanquette de Limoux can contain three grape varieties: Mauzac (which must constitute a minimum of 90% of the wine), Chardonnay, and Chenin Blanc. Prior to the 1990 introduction of the Crémant de Limoux AOC, the use of Mauzac was optional. The taste of this Mauzac-based wine is unique, with apple flavours and distinctive aromas of fresh-cut grass that can be identified in blind tastings.
Clairette de Dié
The Clairette is a sparkling white wine from the Rhone Valley made from Muscat (minimum 75%) and Clairette (max 25%). Solely hand-harvested, these wines are processed according to the traditional process in the region and slowly fermented at a very low temperature. The fermented juice is then bottled and left to mature for 2 to 4 years. During that time the fermentation naturally takes place until the wine reaches 8% alcohol and stabilises, ready for consumption. The Clairette is naturally a low alcohol wine.
We offer the wine from an independent renowned winery called Monge Granon. The winery was set up in 1985 by the joint venture of the MONGE and GRANON families, two wine-growing families for four generations. Covering 37 hectares – 86.48 acres – the MONGE GRANON vineyard lies at the heart of the Clairette de Dié area. Situated in the heart of the Rhône Valley, dominated by mountains, our vineyard grows on rocky and steep hillsides, among the highest in France. Between alpine influences and Provencal sun, severe winters and dry summers, this wine owes its character to the contrasting climate of its territory.
We offer a wide range of their wine.
The Clairette Tradition.
- COLOUR: Brilliant and crystalline, it reveals a pale yellow colour with straw reflections. The nose reveals white fruit notes, apple, pear, white flowers and honey scents.
- PALATE: Greedy and full of freshness.
- BOUQUET: The aromatic palette of the Clairette de Dié, typical of Muscat grape, reveals floral notes, vineyard peach, pear, elderflower and honey aromas.
- FOOD and WINE PAIRING: Ideal as an aperitif, original with a foie gras, it is also perfect with frozen desserts, chocolate cake, or fruit tarts.
- Clairette de Dié Tradition (8%) – Gold Medal Vigneron independent
- Clairette de Dié Tradition (8%) 375ml
- Clairette de Dié Tradition Pure Muscat (8%) – made with 100% Muscat grapes
The Clairette de Dié Brut is processed like champagne, with a first fermentation in the vat followed by the second fermentation in the bottle. Left to mature from 1 to 3 years, this wine has more alcohol at 11.5%. It is made with only the Clairette grape.
- COLOUR: Beautiful golden yellow colour with green reflections.
- BOUQUET: Mild notes of nuts and scents of white flowers.
- PALATE: Round and melted aromas of dried fruits.
- FOOD and WINE PAIRING: Perfect as an aperitif, on its own or in a kir cocktail, it can also be enjoyed throughout an entire meal of fish or white meats.
The Cremant de Dié – Brut is also made following the Traditional Method – Appellation d’Origine Protégée – 83% Clairette Blanche, 15% Aligoté, 2% Muscat à petits grains.
- COLOUR: Beautiful pale yellow colour with green reflections.
- BOUQUET: Mild notes of fresh almonds and white flowers.
- PALATE: Its aromas are enhanced by a hint of citrus fruit.
- FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Perfect as an aperitif, on its own or in a kir cocktail, it can also be enjoyed throughout an entire meal of fish or white meats.
- SILVER Medal – Concours National des Crémants de France 2013
- GOLD Medal – Guide Gilbert et Gaillard 2012
Mousseux or Blanc de Blanc is a type of sparkling that has not been fermented in the bottle. These are made with quality white wines in which the gas carbon dioxide is injected into the bottle in order to reduce the process, hence the price difference between this type of wine and the Méthode Traditionelles.