by Charles Lea

Our OPENING offer of Champagne BOLLINGER 2002 and 2002 Champagne聽LAURENT PERRIER presents a wonderful opportunity to put away two great wines from a great champagne vintage,聽for drinking in the future with a few more years bottle age. Bollinger is as full-bodied and complex as one would expect from this famous house, while the Laurent-Perrier is fresh and elegant, and certainly聽not to be sniffed at, at half the price. Both wines have tremendous ageing potential.

BOLLINGER 2002 is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, from 71% Grands Crus and 29% Premiers Crus vineyards. The first fermentaion is in small oak casks, and the second in bottle under natural cork. Aged a minimum of five years before riddling and disgorgement.

Extremely promising combination of the completeness and potential of the 2002 champagne vintage and Bollinger’s distinctive mushroomy perfume, full Pinot-dominated palate and dry finish. This should make great old bones and, thanks to 2002’s power, is already much more approachable than many previous young vintage Bollingers. Notes of putty and, oddly, roast chicken(!). Complex, satisfying and extremely promising. Not heavy – just substantial. 19 points. Jancis Robinson MW OBE (

offer price: 拢720.00 per dozen including duty and Vat (拢60.00 bottle) and聽available in bond at 拢576.00 per dozen (plus bond delivery charges).

LAURENT PERRIER 2002 is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.聽 Chardonnay is from the Premiers Crus of the Cote de Blancs, and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims.聽Aged eight years before disgorgement.

A distinctive golden yellow hue with green highlights and a fruity character, revealing the wine’s maturity, the aroma evolves into notes of ripe fruits, and acacia honey. The Vintage 2002 beautifully captures Laurent-Perrier’s House style of lightness, freshness and elegance imparted by the chardonnays of C么te des Blancs Grand Crus and pinot noirs of Montagne de Reims.

offer price: 拢360.00 per dozen聽including duty and vat聽(拢30.00 bottle)

TO ORDER: please contact your branch (these cannot be order on-line as this聽is an opening offer)聽

Chelsea 020 7244 0522
Barnes 020 8878 8643
Notting Hill 020 7221 1982
Chiswick 020 8995 7355

This offer ends 28th February 2011