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How does Louis Roederer Brut Premier compare with Cristal?

Louis Roederer Brut Premier is one of the world’s finest non-vintage Champagnes. Cristal is one of the world’s most prestigious cuvées. Both come from the same producer, the esteemed Champagne house Louis Roederer in the city of Reims, but otherwise how much do they have in common? Let’s look in detail at both wines to […]

Demi sec Champagne: Why isn’t it more popular?

Demi-sec Champagne isn’t popular. Let’s just get that out there. For those of you that might be wondering, “demi-sec” literally means “half dry”. Demi-sec Champagne is thus a half dry – that is, somewhat sweet – Champagne. While Champagne is the world’s finest sparkling wine, the majority of its production is focussed on dry styles, […]

The Veuve Clicquot gift box: Why is it so popular?

If you’ve ever received a Veuve Clicquot gift box from a friend or loved one, you surely remember it. Of all the Champagne houses, Veuve Clicquot’s brand identity may be the most instantly recognisable. From its base in Reims, this top Champagne is well-known throughout the wine-loving world. From its very inception and the influence […]

Forget Canti Prosecco, drink value Champagne instead!

Sparkling wine lovers may know and enjoy Canti Prosecco, but we’ve got good news: You can do better! OK, let’s be fair: Canti’s not bad, but it really doesn’t satisfy the needs of the adventurous wine lover. The main positive point when it comes to Canti and lots of other Prosecco is the price: Canti Prosecco […]

Drink in the History of Piper Heidsieck Brut

Every time you’re drinking Piper-Heidsieck Brut, you’re drinking history. It’s a firm that’s over 200 years old, and its Champagne has been drunk by royalty, film stars and the world’s wealthy. You’re in good company. And it all started in France during the reign of Louis XVI.

Happy Birthday Wine Guide: 3 gift ideas for wine lovers

Buying wine as a gift is incredibly popular, particularly for birthdays. We’ve all got a wine lover in our life (probably more than one, to be fair!) and a nice bottle of something special is a great go-to gift option. Not all wine is created equally, though, and not all wine lovers have similar tastes. […]

Gosset Champagne is the oldest house in Aÿ – but is it the best?

Gosset Champagne has the distinction of being the oldest Champagne house in Aÿ. Founded in 1584, Gosset Champagne initially made red wine and started to make sparkling Champagne in the 1700s. With quite good reason, the house is held in high esteem amongst its neighbouring establishments in the commune of Aÿ.