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No wine in history has achieved a greater marketing triumph than champagne. Who else’s wine is so inextricably linked with celebration? Whatever the occasion, congratulations call for a bottle of champagne. We love the pop of the cork and the delicate foaming mousse, but how often do we appreciate the flavour of the wine itself?  Racing drivers simply disgorge the bottle’s contents over each other’s heads.

All too often it’s the well-known effects of the bubbles that capture our attention rather than the subtle hints of the base wine.

The truth is, however, that if you want to savour the…

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