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Profiling Ambonnay

Like most champagne enthusiasts, I hold some heartfelt sentiment for certain villages in Champagne which coax out qualities in chardonnay, pinot noir or meunier that I particularly like. Ay or…

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Challenging the Rules: Champagne and Food Pairing

Champagne is much more of a food wine than is commonly thought. In fact, there are few foods that do not pair with champagne, albeit through carefully considered cooking methods…

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The Virtues of Duval-Leroy

Vineyard ownership, by the champagne houses, is usually much less that is required for meeting their needs on an annual basis. Ownership, for the most part, is bequeathed to the…

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The Dom Pérignon Epiphany

If you did away with the glamour and hype associated with the world’s most marketed prestige champagne, you would find that it stands very steadfastly on its own feet. Dom…

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Light and Life: Champagne Lallier

On the shelves, Champagne Lallier looks bigger than it really is; its polished brand sits comfortably alongside more recognised contemporaries. But Lallier is comparatively small, producing only 400,000 bottles a…