Ever wondered what Champagne is really all about? Over-expensive Fizz with multi-million Euro advertisement schemes ensuring the next month of strong sales figures – this is the impression of many. But really, Champagne is just like any other wine producing region. With exception of the big houses: VCP, Moët and other names, the region is full of small, family-run, traditional wine-producing neighbours.
You won’t see Scarlett Johansson generously pouring a decent amount of their Champagne onto her hands and into the ground below her, nor will you find Formula 1 drivers wasting a magnum’s worth showering each other after finishing in the top three. They also don’t invest thousands of Euros into cool, clean-yet and bright-yellow coolers, instead they invest the money they earn into their lifestyles and producing great fizz at an affordable price, without great advertising.
I’ve found a great source of such Champagne, the real stuff – where Andy Warhol isn’t pictured on the brands’ advertising because, quite simply, they don’t have any advertising. Their websites aren’t a flash-based jungle with diamonds and funky longue music. Instead they’re individual efforts, straight out of 1and1's template archive, sometimes without even a domain name (a bit like this one then).
Champagne Warehouse is a UK-based online-shop that champions the sale of real Champagne from real makers. They don’t bother with the big-brand stuff, instead they sell Champagne from producers that most haven’t heard of but they they also ensure that they only sell quality fizz.
This isn’t limited to just Champagne, they also offer a nice range of Cava and Prosecco from people who are more bothered about creating good wine than they are good advertising and their price range extends from fully-affordable Prosecco at under a tenner a bottle to some great Vintage Champagne at no more than £34.99 a bottle – £35 for Vintage Champagne!!
Check out their website by clicking here. I may have been guilty of recommending big-brand Champagne before but I’m also a fan of the little people, the ones whose entire concentration is directing in the attention of creating good wine for a good price. Champagne Warehouse stock many such wines. Perhaps instead of Veuve Clicquot for Christmas this year, you could try something from their great range of Forget-Chemin and Ellner wines.