Brut Tradition champagnes are generally the house champagnes created mainly from the grapes of one harvest. This means that in fact, these champagnes often demonstrate the best features of the specific harvest year.
Not only does this champagne have no added sugar, it has also been carefully fermented without the use of Sulphur. This element is often responsible for headaches and side effects after drinking wine. Like the Brut Nature, this champagne appears in its purest form with only the natural sugar from the grapes. Ready for drinking immediately as the lack of sulphur means it will oxidise more quickly. Fabulous with smoked salmon!
Drouilly is one of very few winemakers to use oak barrels across his range of champagnes. The Cuvée Tradition is from the harvest of 2006, aged for 4 years on oak, which gives it a deep gold colour and rich earthy flavour. One of only a handful of champagnes to have won 3 stars (an exceptional wine) from Le Guide Hachette in 2011. Another perfect accompaniment with roast dinners and stronger meats. Great with duck or goose. Available by the case here.
This champagne is the winner of a rare 3 stars in the 2012 Guide Hachette. Aged for 6 years in the Leblond-Lenoir cellars, it has a warm, enveloping nose of pastry, butter, brioche, baked fruit and cinnamon. On the palate, the power and comforting maturity of aged Pinot Noir combined with the finesse of Chardonnay, balanced with the rare Pinot Blanc, a speciality of this house and their village, Buxeuil. Available by the case here.
A typical entrepreneurial Champenois family, the lady of the house manages their modern tourist accommodation whilst two of the 3 sons work the champagne business. From the quaint little village of Meurville, Perron-Beauvineau delight with this Extra Dry champagne, which is sweeter than Brut. With all champagnes aged for a minimum of five years, this champagne boasts candied fruit flavours and a great length. Great with puddings.