Champagnes at
The Dering Arms

Unusual, delicious, excellent value. These are just some of the descriptors used by our satisfied and discerning clientele.

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Champagnes of interest

Duval-Leroy, Vertus
Champagne Duval-Leroy was founded in 1859 when two Champagne families came together to share their interests. And today it is still a family buisiness. Since its creation, Champagne Duval-Leroy has been located in Vertus, in the heart of “La Cote des Blancs”. Currently the House cultivates about 200 hectares, much of which is devoted to production of high quality Chardonnay grapes.
251. Duval Leroy “Fleur de Champagne Brut”
Tasting Notes: Quite an attractive nose here, with polished, dried fruits to the fore. A good composition on the palate, with a little sweetness to the fruit, and a little sherbet too. All in all it is a nicely rounded package with a little honey and nut at the edges. Attractive potential.

253. Duval Leroy Vintage 1999
Tasting Notes: Elegant in the mouth, a deep mineral cascade bursts forth with the caramelised flavours of hot almonds and apricot confit, giving way to exotic touches of papaya.

255. Duval Leroy “Paris”
A brut non-vintage blend, although different to that marketed as Fleur de Champagne; this has 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, again sourced from the main Champagne regions. Tasting Notes: Fresh nose, with notes of iodine. Full, plenty of unusual salty iodine notes here too. Subtle flavour otherwise. Soft mousse, but plenty of acidity.

De Venogue, Epernay
Founded in 1837 in Mareuil-sur-Ay by the de Venogue family. The family ran the
business till 1958. Under new ownership it is now sited in Epernay. Champagnes
de Venoge are produced with Premier and/or Grand Cru Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir grapes and the finest Pinot Meunier grapes.

252. de Venoge Cordon Bleu
Tasting Notes: Its bouquet displays scents of flowers, slowly evolving towards more buttery, biscuity aromas. This is a well-balanced wine that is best drunk as an aperitif or with uncomplicated first courses. Cordon Bleu Brut can be drunk straight after purchase when it will be light and well-balanced, fresh and lively without any excessive

254. De Venoge Rosé Brut Princesse
It was renamed Princesse Rosé in 1994 in honour of the Royal Wedding in Japan at which it was served. A little red wine is added to the Brut that results in the lovely colour. It has a wonderful lightness in its sparkle.The transparent glass bottle, through which the delicate and elegant dove-coloured pink colour of the champagne appears, is adorned by a replica of the original label created in 1864. Wonderfully refreshing anytime. Spectacular with smoked salmon. 

257. de Venoge Champagne des Princes 1989
Typically, Grand Vin des Princes is a very special blend of Blanc de Blancs from grands crus on the Côte des Blancs. This cuvée was created for the Princes of Orange but was made available to the general public in 1858.

Drappier, Reims
Drappier is a Champagne producer based in the Urville region of Champagne. The house was founded in 1808.

256. Drappier Brut Vintage 2000
Tasting Notes: 40% Chardonnay with 60% Pinot Noir, and a small proportion spent time in oak barrels. Pale gold colour, with lifted aromatics of honeysuckle and acacia. On the palate, quite powerful red currant and raspberry fruit yet retains elegance. A very natural wine and expresses the region as well as the house style.

Veuve Cliquot, Reims
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is in Reims, France. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favoured drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe.

258. Veuve Cliquot la Grand Dame Vintage 1990
Tasting Notes: A full, powerful, nutty nose. Lovely palate, nuts and cream with an orange peel edge. Very firm, tight palate with a still powerful mousse. Vibrant acidity. Incredible length - it goes on and on. Wonderful potential here - this needs another five to ten years of bottle age at last.