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The opening of a bottle of Champagne conjures up images of celebration and special occasions. There are a few main styles to choose from - the most usual is NV (or non-vintage) that signifies a producer is aiming for a distinct house style. A vintage Champagne express the conditions of a specific year, such as the excellent 2009. When Blanc de Blancs (white of white) appears on the label, it means the Champagne is made exclusively with Chardonnay grapes. A Blanc de Noirs (white of black) means that one or both of the grapes are black-skinned varieties (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). Although still 'white' in colour, this style tends towards a fruitier character
For almost 100 years, the Taittingers have run the Champagne House – their signature cuvée, with its hallmarks of elegance and finesse, is the one they recommend for enjoying with your loved ones
Perfect for parties and still fantastically popular, a good Prosecco is always a source of joy. Keep your eye out for those from Valdobbiadene - the heart of the region of Prosecco where the most character-laden and richly concentrated styles are carefully crafted to deliver the most flavoursome and textured Prosecco ideal for serving at special celebrations
English wine is much in-demand these days as the country has been increasingly recognised as a premium wine-producing region – thanks to a string of good vintages and showstopping performances at international wine shows. Such has been the quality of leading lights, Ridgeview and Nyetimber for example, that even the great names of Champagne have had to settle for second place.
What better way to add style and glamour to any occasion that a beautiful pale pink fizz? And when it comes to those special moments, there's no more romantic choice than a fine rosé Champagne. But whatever the event, you're sure to find an eye-catching drop in our extensive collection featuring a range of options from Bollinger's groundbreaking rosé Champagne to joyful, character-laden bubbly from around the world
The 'pop' and bubbles of a fabulous fizz are always a case for celebration. Choose from classic Cava, now enjoying newfound deserved fame, Italian classic Prosecco, still as popular as ever, and iconic Champagnes from the great houses of Bollinger, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot and many more
What makes vintage Champagne?
Vintage Champagne is made with grapes harvested in a single year, while non-vintage Champagne is made by blending the harvest of several years. This means that each vintage is totally unique - ideal if you're after an individual, character-driven drop. Non-vintage Champagne allows an estate to create a signature style every year, which customers can rely on to taste the same. Vintages make up less than 5% of total Champagne production and Champagne houses generally only make three of four vintages a decade
From iconic names in Champagne to small independent growers our Only at Cellar sparkling range is a collection of irresistible and often limited availability wines you won't find in your local Waitrose & Partners store
Having a big celebration? Why not treat yourself and your guests to a magnum of Champagne or sparkling wines. A magnum is the equivalent of two 75cl bottles and makes ofr an epic centrepiece for a showstopping event. Occasionally, we will also stock even bigger bottles such as Jéroboams (four 75cl bottles) and Methusalehs (six 75cl bottles), keep your eyes peeled for those
Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is blended from 30 still wines and spends 3 years in the deep cellars beneath Épernay