1. Jancis Robinson: the NV revolution

    September 16, 2017

    Read Jancis Robinson’s article what has changed in the champagne non vintage category and the relationship between the house and the consumer.

  2. Krug Vintage 2004

    September 7, 2017

    Yesterday, Krug launched their new Vintage 2004 in London. This latest release completes a special trilogy of Krug Vintages – 2002, 2003 & 2004 – not seen since the late 80s. We tasted it with Olivier Krug today.

  3. Krug: A Visit to Clos du Mesnil & The New Krug Maison

    September 4, 2017

    We visited Krug over August bank holiday weekend with Jancis Robinson MW. With an unexpected visit to Clos du Mesnil, a tour of the new Maison, a mini-vertical tasting and dinner at the house, it was well-worth the long drive!

  4. Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2006

    August 1, 2017

    Last month, the tiny yet ultra-prestigious Champagne Salon released their latest vintage: Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2006. Just the 40th release since its inception in 1905, this is another seriously rare cuvée with outstanding ageing potential. Read tasting notes and more info here.

  5. Champagne Barons de Rothschild

    July 6, 2017

    In 2003, the biggest name in wine turned their attention to the sparkling variety and founded Champagne Barons de Rothschild. We tasted the full range at the London Wine Fair in May with Managing Director, Frédéric Mairesse. Read our thoughts here.

  6. June 2017 Champagne Tasting

    June 22, 2017

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

  7. Dom Pérignon Launches Vintage 2009

    June 19, 2017

    Dom Pérignon launched their new Brut Vintage 2009 last month before 2008 – the first time in history they have skipped a vintage. We tasted it alongside 2003 and 2006 with head winemaker Richard Geoffroy, who described it as “majestic and persistent”.

  8. Is Vintage 2008 The Next 2002?

    June 15, 2017

    We compared fifteen 2008s (+ new Krug Grande Cuvée based on 2008) to assess the quality of this emerging vintage in champagne. For reference, we tasted five 2002s alongside – and threw in a couple of curveballs to keep everyone alert!

  9. The Finest Bubble June 2017 Portfolio

    May 12, 2017

    Download or request a printed copy of our new June 2017 Portfolio. Containing information on the Champagne brands we list and with many interesting articles on all things Champagne, this 56-page Portfolio is a must-have for any fizz fanatics.

  10. Future Champagne Vintages: ’08-’12

    May 3, 2017

    We spend a lot of our time romancing over our favourite past vintages of Champagne. But what about the future? With the arrival of the incredible 2008’s now imminent, we take a look-forward into Champagne’s upcoming vintages: 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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’?!

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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..

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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’

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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?

  49. 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.

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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?

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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!)

  61. 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.

  62. 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?

  63. Dom Pérignon Rosé 2004 – First Taste!

    April 21, 2015

    Read what we think of Dom Pérignon’s latest release, the Rosé 2004. “All the richness of fruit that is so typical of the 2004 Blanc and the Rosé offers even more…”

  64. Which Glass When?

    April 20, 2015

    New research from Japan helps explain why the flavour of a wine is so affected by the shape of the glass you’re drinking it from.
    We apply this to Champagne.

  65. Dom Pérignon – Les 3 Étages

    April 15, 2015

    Les 3 Étages: a unique experience of Dom Pérignon. Hosted over three floors, each representing a different Plénitude, this exclusive event offers guests the opportunity to taste Vintage 2005, P2 1998 and P3 1971.

  66. Champagne & Caviar

    April 9, 2015

    Nothing beats the winning pairing of Champagne and Caviar to wow guests, entertain friends or simply to treat yourself! And we have a few favourites of both…

  67. Champagne Tasting: Wed 17th June 2015

    March 27, 2015

    Our first Champagne Tasting of 2015 will be an informal walk-around event at Frederick’s, Islington on Wednesday 17th June – tasting Louis Roederer, Krug, Pol Roger & more!

  68. Wine Duty Frozen – A Cold Move?

    March 20, 2015

    Some good news, some mild news and some irrelevant news – the chancellor announces the 2015 Budget, with alcohol duty a focus.

  69. Champagne Bureau Annual Tasting 2015

    March 13, 2015

    With 786 guests, 5,000 glasses used and 3,000 bottles opened, this was the largest Champagne tasting in Europe. Read our thoughts on the Champagnes presented.

  70. Champagne in the Cotswolds

    March 3, 2015

    The Finest Bubble team headed northwest to the beautiful Cotswolds…and tasted something very special.
    Okay, two things.
    Fine, three.

  71. TFB Launch Night – Part 4

    December 26, 2014

    Richard discusses the origins of rosé Champagne, tastes the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 1998 and shares an interesting thought on the future of rosé.

  72. TFB Launch Night – Part 3

    December 19, 2014

    In this third instalment, Richard shares an interesting tasting note from Dom Pérignon, tastes Krug 1998 and tells us what his favourite Krug is.

  73. TFB Launch Night – A Review

    December 15, 2014

    “Champagnes …. each and every one is different and totally worth encountering.”
    A prodigious review of the evening by one of our guests.

  74. TFB Launch Night – Part 2

    December 12, 2014

    In the second part of our launch night video, Richard compares the original release Dom Pérignon 1998, with the second release, Dom Pérignon P2 1998 (launched in 2014).

  75. TFB Launch Night – Part 1

    December 5, 2014

    Our launch night was a huge success and took place at Moët Hennessy’s London office. Here is Part 1 of our video coverage, featuring Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998 from magnum.

  76. Dom Pérignon Rosé Jewel Edition 2002

    October 10, 2014

    Legendary British jeweller, Stephen Webster, explains the motivation behind the limited edition Dom Pérignon Rosé Jewel Edition 2002.

  77. A Trip to Dom Pérignon, Hautvillers

    October 31, 2013

    From Islington to Champagne. Visiting Hautvillers Abbey and tasting Oenothèque in the historical and spiritual home of Dom Pérignon.