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LOVES...So many Champagne houses, so little time.
Which are the ones worthy of your attention?
We take a look at some of the very best
What's it all about? Run by brothers, this genuine family business
produces classy wines sourced from top sites. Its vintage cuvées age
beautifully, gathering complexity with time. champagne-billecart.fr
Try this Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve: crisp and lemon-scented,
with a biscuity note and creamy intensity. £37.70-£44.99, Fortnum &
Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nichols (magnum £90), Hedonism Wines
Something special Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2004 uses three top
Côte des Blancs sites: Chouilly for finesse, Avize for power and Le
Mesnil-sur-Oger for structure. £120, Berry Bros & Rudd
Where can you drink it? Les 110 de Taillevent, Balthazar, Claridge's,
Granger & Co, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Nobu, Oblix at
The Shard, Park Chinois, The River Cafe, Texture, Umu, Zuma.
WHY WE LOVE BILLECART�SALMON… A limited-edition bottle launched in
America helps the �ght against AIDS: 10 per cent of the price goes to the (RED) charity.
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