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Gerard Basset on champagnes

Gerard Basset on his 16 favourite champagnes in Decanter December 2016

He includes 2 of Vine Trail’s champagnes:

Agrapart & Fils, Les 7 Crus NV  (£29.67 exc VAT per bt)

This is a grower I’ve followed for a long time and I love serving Agrapart wines in my restaurant.  I have great admiration for its production methods and commitment to excellence.  This is a wine for food, not just for an aperitif – I’d like to pair it with tuna sashimi and lobster tempura.  It has great individual character, but it’s not too crazy.  Elegant and intense with beautiful purity of nectarines.  Drink 2016-2022. Alc 12%


Ulysse Collin, Les Maillons, Blancs de Noirs NV (POA)

Tasted blind, you’d never think this was Champagne if it weren’t for the bubbles. It shows intriguing clay, wet earth, cured meat and ripe quince fruit that’s not heavy at all.  It’s a different style of Champagne but not weird – it still has the character you’d expect, but in an original way.  A stunning wine with a gorgeous colour that would stand up to rib-eye of beef.  Champagne lovers should try this!  Drink 2016-2024.  Alc 12%

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