Top Toasts – Jancis Robinson on Christmas Champagne in the FT

by Charles Lea

Lea & Sandeman Christmas Champagne OffersAll of these from our extensive Christmas fizz offer made it into the top choices for the FT from Jancis’ recent festive fizz survey:

BARNAUT Blanc de Noirs Brut Grand Cru Bouzy   “Big and brawny. Not that complex but not expensive, especially at the special offer price that lasts until Christmas”

2008 GUSBOURNE Brut Reserve Brut  “One of the most toothsome English fizzes with some real depth to it”

POL ROGER White Foil Brut   “a banker of a family-owned champagne. Price will go up once this retailer has sold all the bottles in this batch which suggests it may have some bottle-age” £29.95 Lea & Sandeman while stocks last

Ruinart, R de RUINART Brut  NV “Bready nose with real interest. Something to get you teeth into. Very clean and neat and tastes as if it had quite a bit of age on the lees.”

LARMANDIER-BERNIER ‘Longitude’ Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1er Cru  “Still one of the finest non-vintage champagnes from a fine bio-dynamc grower. Very broad and rich compared with many hand-crafted growers’ champagnes. Quite incredible to think this is an extra-brut in view of the richness on the palate. Clean, refreshing, fabulous. Very persistent.”

2004 BOLLINGER Grande Année Brut  “Hint of oak on the nose. Very winning and interesting. Extremely savoury but with a flirtatious lift on the finish. Very persistent.”

To see all L&S festive fizz offers go to LEA & SANDEMAN CHRISTMAS CHAMPAGNE OFFERS

all the notes can also be found on

all notes from the FT Weekend Magazine – see FT website: Top 100 festive wines: sparkling wine


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