Champagne Gallimard Père et Fils, Cuvée de Reserve, Les Riceys
Pale golden in colour with a fine mousse and a hallmark bouquet of honey on toast. Smooth and creamy, this champagne is made mainly from Pinot Noir in the more southerly Aube region where it achieves lovely ripeness and balance of flavours. Ideal inexpensive champagne for larger celebrations!
The Gallimard family have been making champagne since 1930, the year when Jules and Ernest Gallimard, already vinegrowers, decided to produce their own bottles of champagne. Didier Gallimard is currently running the domaine which covers 10 hectares of prime vineyards on the steep slopes around Les Riceys in the southern Aube; his vines' average age is 30 years and the vineyards which are of chalk and limestone are planted mainly to Pinot Noir and just a little Chardonnay - the Pinot Noir grapes here achieve lovely ripeness and lend a soft fruitiness to the wines.
Rosé Champagne Paul Déthune, Rosé Brut Grand Cru, Ambonnay
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, this is bright Salmon pink in colour with a liveley but fine mousse. A lovely broad nose with silky fruit on the palate. This is very elegant with a superb clean and fabulously long finish - unmissable!
The Dethune family own 7ha of vineyards in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. The house has a similar relationship with its customers to that of a single Domaine in Burgundy, customers avoid paying the premium of a high profile house but have access to wines of outstanding quality.
The Dethune family have a strong following in export markets and we expect their wines to appear in top UK restaurants in the coming months.
Ambonnay is one of only 17 villages in Champagne with Grand Cru status and has a worldwide reputation for the quality of the Pinot Noir raised in the surrounding vineyards (Champagne Krug own vineyards here - Clos d'Ambonnay - currently their most prestigious cuvee).