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We are Gita and Lee, two self-confessed champagne lovers for whom this effervescent drink has been a huge part of our lives since meeting twenty-three years ago. Our first trip to the region was in 1999 to source bottles for our wedding. Since then, we have been visiting several times a year, have tasted thousands of champagnes and continue to discover amazing new producers, incredible wines and stories. We are immensely passionate about the top quality smaller domaines who tell a narrative through their creations, from vineyard to bottle. As well as the bubbles, Champagne is home to some excellent still white, red and rosés too; not to forget Ratafia de Champagne. This famous region is fortunate to be home to a myriad of World class winemakers, producing an array of diverse wines, we really are spoilt for choice. We love wine, we absolutely adore champagne!

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Champagne of the Month
Les Fervins

Our “Champagne of the Month” for August 2022 is produced by Alexandre Penet of Champagne Penet-Chardonnet . Based in Verzy on the Montagne de Reims, Alexandre is a 4th generation winemaker and has 6 hectares at his disposal in the Pinot Noir dominated villages of Verzy and Verzenay. Pinot Noir accounts for around two-thirds of the estate with the remaining vine stock being Chardonnay.


In the vineyards, chemical fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides are eschewed in order to promote biodiversity. Complantation, the practice of mixing grape varieties in a terroir is used to further enhance natural biodiversity. In the winery, malolactic fermentation is prevented.


“Les Fervins” is a vintage wine - ours being from 2009; born from a single vineyard from which it takes its name. Located in Verzy, it has a south-east aspect; situated at an altitude between 140-160 metres. The soil is brown limestone on chalk with colluvium (rock detritus). At the top of the steep 15% slope is a cross monument which is recreated as the house logo. Consisting of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, our incarnation is from the 2009 vintage. Harvest took place between 19th and 22nd September. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine was bottled 3rd May 2010 and disgorged with 3gl in July 2013 before being sealed with a natural cork. Purchased in 2015, it has been cellared ever since.


Tasted: 17:00 hours, 30th July 2022 (sowing/fruit day in the biodynamic calendar)

Appearance: Clear, deep, gold.

Glassware: Jamesse Absolus


Flavour characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary notes of lemon blossom, geranium, honeysuckle, orange juice, orange peel, lemon rind, preserved lemon, red apple, Bramley apple peel, lychee, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, raspberry, wild strawberry, greengage, prune and stewed apples. Secondary aromas of toasted brioche, pastry, chausson aux pommes and orange buttercream. Tertiary notes include marmalade, dried apricot, hazelnut, almond, caramel, dried apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, hay and honey.


A beautiful wine from Alexandre and whilst drinking brilliantly now, there is still plenty of potential for further ageing.


Price circa €65.00

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 A brief description of the most recent wines we have been enjoying. Tchin tchin!

Charles Dufour – Orange Sanguine

Jacques Selosse – Brut Rosé

Leclerc-Briant – Rosé Brut

Egly-Ouriet – V.P.

Jean-Marc Sélèque – Quintette

Piollot – Colas Robin

Caillez-Lemaire – Rosé

Pascal Doquet – Blanc de Blancs

Vincent Charlot – Le Fruit de ma Passion