Champagne Blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.

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Champagne Mailly, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.0 % alc.

H/Bottle £15.95

Case price (12) £143.52

Case saving £47.88

H/Bottle 12 x 37.5cl

5cs

£103.80

Bottle £26.95

Case price (12) £291.00

Case saving £32.40

Bottle 6 x 75cl

685cs

£105.48

Magnum £58.00

Case price (6) £313.20

Case saving £34.80

Magnum 3 x 150cl

78cs

£114.72

D. Magnum £150.00

D. Magnum £150.00

Case price (3) £405.00

Case saving £45.00

D. Magnum 1 x 300cl

21cs

£101.99

Tyrrell's Wines, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 13.0 % alc.

Bottle £17.95

Case price (6) £96.90

Case saving £10.80

Bottle 6 x 75cl

10cs

£64.98

Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.0 % alc.

H/Bottle £19.95

Case price (24) £430.80

Case saving £48.00

H/Bottle 12 x 37.5cl

2cs

£163.68

Bottle £39.95

Case price (12) £431.40

Case saving £48.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl

72cs

£163.98

Magnum £85.00

Case price (6) £459.00

Case saving £51.00

Magnum 3 x 150cl

13cs

£175.47

Charles Henry, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.0 % alc.

Bottle £22.60

Case price (12) £244.08

Case saving £27.12

Veuve Clicquot, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.0 % alc.

£25.50

£52.50

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.5 % alc.

Bottle £26.95

Coates and Seely, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.0 % alc.

Bottle £27.95

Case price (12) £301.80

Case saving £33.60

Bottle 6 x 75cl

8cs

£109.98

Gusbourne Estate, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.0 % alc.
Gaston Chiquet, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.5 % alc.

Bottle £28.95

Champagne Laherte Freres, Champagne Blend, Brut, Drink now, White, 12.0 % alc.

Bottle £28.95

Case price (12) £312.60

Case saving £34.80

Bottle 6 x 75cl

27cs

£114.48

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