1. Lanson: New 2017 Extra Age Range

    April 25, 2017

    Champagne Lanson have just released the new Extra Age range! An exciting blend of the 2004, 2005 & 2006 vintages, we tasted them with Lanson UK Managing Director, Paul Beavis at 67 Pall Mall and were seriously impressed with their affordable quality.

  2. Henri Giraud: Barking Mad or Genius?

    April 20, 2017

    In 2009, Champagne Henri Giraud invested in 10 terracotta egg-shaped tanks to assess their effect on the maturation of wine. The house now has more than 50 clay containers and are producing more. Have they gone crazy or are they one step ahead of the field?

  3. Vins Clairs: 2016 Vintage Summary

    April 17, 2017

    Our definitive 2016 Vintage Report, based on Vins Clairs tastings at ten Champagne houses with the winemakers. Extreme weather has produced surprisingly fresh and balanced base wines, but what potential does 2016 really have? Read our full summary.

  4. Bollinger: 2016…. The Next 1988?

    April 12, 2017

    The difficult 2016 vintage appears to have been kind to Champagne Bollinger. We tasted the Vins Clairs at the winery in Aÿ last month and the house are optimsitic – even drawing likeness to the magnificent 1988 vintage! We judged for ourselves…

  5. Bruno Paillard: Realisation of a Dream

    April 10, 2017

    Bruno Paillard founded this eponymously named Champagne house in 1981: the first in nearly a century. A remarkable success story that is still being written… we met with daughter, Alice and tasted (sniffed) the 2016 Vins Clairs and current Champagne range.

  6. Moët & Chandon: Innovation, Innovation, Innovation

    April 6, 2017

    Enlightening, educational and at times jaw-dropping, our visit to Moët was one of a kind. Amine Ghanem showed us the 2016 Vins Clairs, new Grand Vintage 2008, a 1988 magnum and the ultra-prestige MCIII.

  7. Champagne Lanson: Vive la Révolution

    April 2, 2017

    Big changes have occurred at Champagne Lanson since Chef de Caves, Hervé Dantan took the reins two years ago. We sampled the 2016 Vins Clairs, the latest Black Label NV blend and Clos Lanson 2016 as Hervé talked us through the new developments.

  8. Taittinger: One Big Champagne Family

    March 30, 2017

    We tasted the 2016 base wines with Vitalie Taittinger, Loïc Dupont & Damien Le Sueur. Discussing the influence of oak barrels, the new ‘image of Taittinger Rosé’, the potential for Comtes 2016 and Taittinger’s new winery; this was a truly eye-opening visit.

  9. Charles Heidsieck Rosé Millésimé 2006

    February 28, 2017

    Ranked 2nd out of 14 in our recent Rosé Champagne blind tasting, Charles Heidsieck Rosé 2006 is a stunner and great value with a £95 RRP. Definitely one of the best Rosé’s on the market.

  10. Brexit = Beginning of British Bubbly?

    February 24, 2017

    In the latest leaked Brexit document, the EU’s concern that British firms could violate protections given to EU products was revealed. Could this pave the way for ‘British Champagne’?!

  11. Cristal 2009: Biodynamic Bubbly

    February 22, 2017

    With 40% of Cristal 2009 harvested from biodynamic vineyards, this is a perfect example of how changing the viticulture can subtly affect a Champagne’s style. Will these effects manifest equally as this percentage increases?

  12. 2016: No Celebration for Champagne

    February 17, 2017

    “Everything that could go wrong, did.” The most difficult growing season in Champagne for 60 years was saved by late sunshine. A miraculous vintage? Definitely. A future great? Probably not.

  13. Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 Launch

    February 16, 2017

    Pol Roger launched their latest release, Brut Vintage 2008 last Thursday at Kensington Palace. Pol are already claiming it to be one of their best ever years and we’re inclined to agree…

  14. The Key to His/Her Heart? Pink Champagne

    February 13, 2017

    Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and Olly Smith recommends The Finest Bubble for pink fizz. Remember – we do Same Day London Delivery, for those averse to pre-planning..

  15. The Making of Champagne

    February 10, 2017

    What makes a sparkling wine ‘Champagne’? What goes into the blend and how is it made? What do the different styles mean and why does one taste sweeter than the other? The answers you seek are here.

  16. The Last 2002 Prestige Cuvée?

    February 7, 2017

    Lanson Noble Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2002 is probably the last prestige cuvée release from the already fabled vintage. Now the 2002’s are all available, read why we think this is one of the best.

  17. Fourteen Shades of Pink

    February 3, 2017

    A blind tasting of thirteen Rosé Champagnes and one English Sparkling with FT’s Alice Lascelles, Richard Bampfield MW, Simon Stockton and Frederick’s restaurant manager Matt. Just another Wednesday.

  18. The Importance of Correct Champagne Storage

    January 26, 2017

    Correct Champagne storage isn’t just worth the effort – it’s absolutely essential. Follow these key guidelines to ensure your Champagne matures into something magnificent and valuable.

  19. Louis Jadot 2015 En Primeur Tasting

    January 13, 2017

    This year TFB went along to the annual Louis Jadot 2015 En Primeur Tasting with one aim, to taste every single wine and then to select those they deemed to be the best in the line up. Read the reviews here.

  20. Krug Grande Cuvée – Editions Explained

    November 23, 2016

    Krug have announced that from now on each different release of Krug Grande Cuvée NV will be labelled as an edition. Read the article to find out more.

  21. Prestige Cuvées from 2002 Tasting

    October 10, 2016

    View the photographs from our recent Champagne tasting ‘Prestige Cuvées from 2002’ hosted by Jancis Robinson MW.

  22. Ao Yun 2013: China’s First Fine Wine

    October 3, 2016

    Read the article on China’s first Fine Wine ‘Ao Yun 2013″ backed by LVMH. Vineyards situated in one of the most remote parts of the Shangri-La region.

  23. Anne Krebiehl MW – English Sparkling Wines

    September 26, 2016

    Anne Krebeihl MW writes for The World of Fine Wine on English Sparkling wines, explaining how producers now have the reserve levels to produce non-vintage wines.

  24. June Champagne Tasting

    June 23, 2016

    Photographs from our Champagne tasting at Fredericks. Champagne from Bollinger, Charles Heidsieck, Krug, Dom Pérignon, Louis Roederer, Pol Roger and more.

  25. Portfolio June 2016

    May 23, 2016

    Download or Request our new June 2016 portfolio. With all the Champagne brands we list and interesting articles on different vintages, bottles v magnums and overviews of the different Champagnes, this portfolio is a must have when buying Champagne

  26. Jancis Robinson on Krug

    March 24, 2016

    Read Jancis’ article ‘Krug’s unusual ethos’ – she tells her story of her recent visit to Champagne Krug, tasting the new Krug 2002 and Krug Grande Cuvée.

  27. February Champagne and Sparkling Tasting

    March 2, 2016

    Photographs from our Champagne tasting at Fredericks. Champagne from Bollinger, Charles Heidsieck, Krug, Dom Pérignon, Louis Roederer, Pol Roger and more.

  28. Jancis on English sparkling wines

    March 1, 2016

    Read Jancis Robinson’s article ‘English bubbles updated’; following a blind tasting with The Finest Bubble Jancis gives her scores and thoughts

  29. Jancis Robinson – Krug 2002 arrives at last

    January 27, 2016

    Read Jancis Robinson’s article ‘Krug 2002 arrives at last’; an article that highlights the significance of this latest Krug vintage release, reviews and scores.

  30. Jancis Robinson – Dom Pérignon Vertical Tasting

    November 3, 2015

    Read Jancis Robinson’s article ‘Dom Pérignon, Cuvée William Deutz and La Grande Dame’; superbly written with reviews and scores of our Dom Pérignon 2002-2006 vertical tasting

  31. Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday

    November 2, 2015

    Read Olly Smith’s Mail on Sunday article “What difference does a bigger bottle make? I’ll only have the one – but make it a magnum” on TFB’s Bottle vs Magnum tasting

  32. October Champagne & Sparkling Tasting

    October 28, 2015

    Our second Finest Bubble tasting at Frederick’s Restaurant in Islington included some spectacular champagnes from Laurent-Perrier, Gosset, Louis Roederer, Charles Heidsieck, Bollinger and Pol Roger.

  33. Dom Pérignon Vertical Tasting

    October 26, 2015

    With the recent launch of Dom Pérignon 2006, it is the first time in the brand’s history where it has released five vintages from consecutive years.

  34. Jancis in the FT: ‘Bottle v Magnum’

    October 23, 2015

    “The bold theme of comparing magnums and bottles of six of the most luxurious champagnes blind” Read Jancis Robinson’s Financial Times article ‘Bottle v Magnum’

  35. New Investment Opportunities

    October 6, 2015

    We have recently added some new investment opportunities to the website, click through here for a breakdown of the best of the bunch.

  36. Champagne Bollinger SPECTRE Limited Editions

    October 1, 2015

    Bollinger, James Bond’s favourite Champagne, have released several limited edition Champagne’s to coincide with the secret agent’s latest blockbuster; Spectre. Click through for details.

  37. Tasting: Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 2000

    September 30, 2015

    Just the fourth vintage from this legendary Grand Cru vineyard, Krug released Clos d’Ambonnay 2000 earlier this month. We tasted it last week at the LVMH offices, read our thoughts here.

  38. Champagne Investment for Beginners

    September 29, 2015

    Recent years have seen Champagne drift from party drink to savvy investment. But why is this so, how safe an investment is it and what are the basics to consider when starting out?

  39. 67 Pall Mall: Latest

    September 25, 2015

    With our Bottle vs. Magnum & Jeroboam event just two weeks away, we visited 67 Pall Mall to see how the final touches are coming along. Pictures and details within.

  40. Coming Soon: Dom Pérignon 2006

    September 24, 2015

    Just five months after the 2005 release, we are expecting Dom Pérignon 2006 to be released before the end of 2015 – likely in the next month. What, if anything, do we know about this next vintage DP?

  41. New Release: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006

    September 17, 2015

    Taittinger have just released the latest expression of their prestige cuvée: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006 – and what a release it is already proving to be! Read our review here.

  42. The Oxford Companion to Wine – New 4th Edition

    September 15, 2015

    This week sees the release of the fourth edition of The Oxford Companion To Wine. With 300 new entries, covering nearly a decade’s worth of new developments; this is even more in-depth than ever.

  43. Slim Pickings for Champagne in 2015

    August 24, 2015

    Maximum allowable yields for the 2015 Champagne harvest are the lowest in a decade – but how is the vintage shaping up and what goes into deciding when to start picking?

  44. Bollinger R.D. 2002 – Second Tranche: New Release

    August 10, 2015

    Some 12 years on the lees this champagne recently disgorged 2002 is simply stunning; from the outstanding 2002 vintage you get ripe fruit and layers of complexities from its extended lees aging, one of Bollinger’s most promising releases.

  45. Louis Roederer: Reims Visit

    July 6, 2015

    An experience worthy of sharing, very recently I journeyed to France with Louis Roederer to explore the magnificent vineyards and all things Louis Roederer. Find out more

  46. June 2015 Portfolio

    June 23, 2015

    Download or Request our new June 2015 portfolio. With all the Champagne brands we list and interesting articles on different vintages, bottles v magnums and overviews of the different Champagnes, this portfolio is a must have when buying Champagne

  47. Bollinger – Newly Listed

    June 15, 2015

    Bollinger with it’s large reputation and excellent champagnes once again provides us with a wonderful new brand to list. In line with the release of their R.D 2002, we’ve had nothing but praise for this new champagne

  48. Charles Heidsieck – Newly Listed

    June 11, 2015

    After endless tastings of Charles Heidsieck, it’s prowess and elegancy decided for us we needed to list it. Discover why we have started listing them

  49. Champagne: From Terroir to Wine

    June 10, 2015

    Interested in Champagne – Find out more about the processes behind Champagne making in this comprehensive but easy reading article

  50. Dom Pérignon – Les 3 Étages: Review

    May 12, 2015

    On Friday night, we attended Les 3 Étages: a unique experience of Dom Pérignon – and tasted the newly launched 2005 vintage, P2 1998, P3 1971 (and an extra special surprise Champagne!)

  51. New Release – Tasting Dom Pérignon 2005

    May 7, 2015

    We tasted the new Dom Pérignon 2005 alongside the previous vintage, 2004. Richard Geoffroy and his team have produced something spectacular, and from a tough vintage.

  52. Bottle vs Magnum: Is Bigger Really Better?

    April 30, 2015

    A tasting last October shocked us so much, we are running our own tasting and taking the concept even further. But why do magnums taste so much more youthful?