The Bubbly Show: Our Exhibitors23 May 2023
Searcys is very proud to be presenting an exceptional selection of remarkable Champagnes and sparkling wines from our esteemed exhibitors at The Bubbly Show 2023.
Join us to indulge in the finest offering from a range of over 16 Champagne and sparkling wine producers, as we showcase their outstanding craftsmanship and expertise. Learn more about the exquisite Cuvées and explore the unique flavours and stories behind each sip.
CHAMPAGNE POL COURONNE
The Maison was founded in 1887 by Pol Auguste Couronne in Hautvillers – a village famously known as the cradle of Champagne. Today, the House is owned by the fifth generation of the family, represented by Jean-Baptiste Prevost and Sixtine Prevost, who breathed new life into the brand about six years ago. Often considered “the Champagne for Millennials”, Pol Couronne offers a fresh, modern and dynamic take on Champagne while remaining true to the values and the traditions passed down from the ancestors of the family.
LAURENT-PERRIER Grand Siècle
A unique opportunity to sample some of the best vintages in Champagne. Le Grand Siècle, named after the prosperous era of 17th-century France, is known for its ability to achieve what nature alone cannot. This period, famously orchestrated by Louis XIV, known as the ‘Sun King,’ symbolised harmony, balance, and perfection. Within the exquisite Château de Versailles and its magnificent gardens, he cultivated Mediterranean fruits, including the enchanting Orangerie, and crafted remarkable features like the Grand Canal, fountains, and ponds, despite the absence of nearby rivers.
Inspired by this visionary concept, Laurent-Perrier present their exceptional paired champagne, Grand Siècle, Laurent-Perrier’s prestigious cuvée, crafted to attain a level of perfection beyond nature’s grasp.
Grand Siècle’s assemblage is based on principles that have now become immutable:
- Careful selection of three exceptional years, each complementing the others in character, exclusively from the rare Laurent-Perrier vintages.
- A primary focus on Chardonnay Pinot Noir and sourced exclusively from up to 11 Grands Crus, among the 319 Crus of the Champagne region.
- A minimum of 10 years of aging on lees in their Cellars for each bottle. Also available in Magnum, an extra-time on lees will be given to each of them, postponing their release by a few years.
Since 1959, Grand Siècle has only been recreated 25 times for the bottle format and 23 times for the Magnum.
CHAMPAGNE FREREJEAN FRÈRES
Frerejean Frères is a fine Champagne Maison founded by brothers Guillaume, Richard and Rodolphe Frerejean-Taittinger. Growing up in the grand cru village of Avize, the three brothers spent their childhoods surrounded by Champagne.
Embracing their heritage and inspired by the local expertise of Champagne growers, in 2005 the Frerejean brothers set out to create a new, unconventional Champagne Maison, with fifth generation winemaker Didier Pierson at the helm. Originally intended for friends and family, the brothers’ Champagne became so widely sought-after that the business began to grow.
Focusing on traditional techniques, Frerejean Frères is leading Champagne’s ‘quiet revolution’ – a shift towards low quantity, high quality and characterful Champagnes. Quality, terroir, and craftmanship are at the heart of the Maison. The Frerejean Frères’ Cuvées are produced using only Premier and Grand Cru Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, with an aging process that takes a minimum of five years to ensure added complexity and finesse.
The Frerejean Frères House works hand-in-hand with some of the greatest names in the world of gastronomy and luxury hotels, and is a proud partner of 2022 French Michelin Guide for the third time.
Maison Perrier-Jouët was founded in 1811 from a couple’s shared love of nature and passion for art. From the start, they chose the Chardonnay grape variety as the signature of the House, defining the intricate floral style which sets Perrier-Jouët Champagnes apart.
Today, art and nature remain an endless source of inspiration, guiding the Maison’s every action and creation: in the way they tend their vines, craft their wines, and share their vision of the world – a vision of a life richer in meaning, driven not by the urge to own, but the desire to thrive; a life lived with joy and purpose, in symbiosis with nature.
Champagne Drappier is a family-owned Champagne House based in the south of the Champagne region. Founded in 1808, the House is renowned for crafting complex Champagnes from their unique calcareous terroir, and for combining innovative techniques with elegant flavours over centuries. Today, Michel Drappier and his three children, Charline, Hugo and Antoine Drappier still produce terroir-driven vintage and non-vintage cuvées, with their prestige Champagne known as Grande Sendrée.
The Côte des Bar has been firmly established as a vineyard cru of exceptional promise, especially for Pinot Noir, due almost entirely to the efforts of the Drappier family. Sustainability pioneers, the Drappiers have been investing for over 10 years to massively reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and change their everyday behaviour to become the first and only carbon neutral certified Champagne House, while practicing minimal intervention and minimal dosage. Champagne Drappier is a new wave producer keeping the Champagne dream alive.
Champagne Taittinger remains one of the few Champagne Houses to be owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. The House’s origins date back to 1734 with the founding of the original House, Forest-Fourneaux. The link to Taittinger was established by Pierre Taittinger in 1932, when he bought the historic Château de la Marquetterie. Today, the Reims-based House is headed up by Pierre’s great grandchildren: Vitalie and Clovis Taittinger.
The hallmark of Taittinger’s Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in the winemaking, which can be anything from 40% in the Brut Réserve Non-Vintage to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse that is recognised worldwide.
MOËT & CHANDON
At the House of Moët & Chandon, savoir-vivre is a tradition and ‘savoirfête’ a specialty. Since 1743, when it was first founded, the House of Moët & Chandon has been passing down from generation-to-generation unparalleled winemaking expertise and an innovative and pioneering spirit.
Claude Moët, its founder, was the first person to embody these values as his Champagne was soon to become the official supplier to the Royal Court of France and its king, Louis XV. Following in his footsteps, his grandson Jean-Rémy Moët, a visionary mind in his own right, had the dream to share the magic of Champagne with the rest of the world. Armed with his faith in modernity and progress, he studied the fermentation and aging processes of pressed grapes and tested new techniques to reinforce the quality of his wines. Soon after, the delectable Champagne would go on to cross international borders and become a worldwide recognised symbol of celebration and success.
With its 1,190 hectares of rich limestone soil, 50% of which is classed as Grand Cru and 25% Premier Cru, Moët & Chandon holds today the largest vineyards in the Champagne region and the broadest range of unique wines to cater for every occasion. From the iconic Moët & Chandon Impérial to the Grand Vintage Collection, from the extroverted Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial to the innovative Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial, each Champagne dazzles and delights with bright fruitiness, an enticing palate, and an elegant maturity.
ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE
Black Chalk Wine, a small batch British sparkling wine producer based in Hampshire’s Test Valley, has been making waves in the wine industry since its inception in 2015. Known for their exceptional quality and unique approach to winemaking, Black Chalk has quickly established itself as a top producer of English Sparkling Wine. In 2020, they finished building a state-of-the-art winery and, in April last year, they opened their Tasting Room doors for the first time.
The winery grows 34 different clone and rootstock combinations of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Précoce and Pinot Gris in four estate vineyards. These combinations provide an array of quality wine profiles, and they treat as many as they can separately. From the resulting base wines, they create a number of small batch sparkling and still wines.
MDCV UK has a vision to bring the finest English and Provençal wines to the UK market. They have a long history of producing award-winning Provence rosé and English Sparkling Wines, and with an extensive infrastructure, both in France and the UK, they are able to harness the finest talent in all areas of the business, to deliver exceptional products to the UK market. Brands within the MDCV UK portfolio are: The Silverhand Estate, Harlot, Kingscote, Sedlescombe Organic, Ultimate Provence, Chateau de Berne, Chateau Saint-Roux and Chateau des Bertrands.
In 2004, when the first vines were planted at Gusbourne Estate, they had a clear vision and a single goal: to create English Sparkling Wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offerings from across the globe.
An uncompromising quest for perfection and a fastidious approach to detail is at the heart of everything they do. They ensure only the best grapes are used in their winemaking by growing and hand-picking them themselves. They present an authentic reflection of a time and place in each of their bottles, by producing exclusively vintage wines that are unique to each growing season.
Their wines are always vintage, unique to each growing season and an authentic reflection of a time and place.
Silverhand Estate has established the largest single vineyard in the UK, spanning the beautiful countryside in the heart of Kent. Not only passionate about their craft but the environment too, Silverhand works tirelessly across the estate to ensure that the flora and fauna are able to thrive whilst working in harmony with their vineyards. Silver Reign, the exciting first release from the estate, is a delightful English sparkling Charmat that reflects the regal heritage and legacy of the pioneering King Ludd… The future is sparkling.
Originally established in 1989, Greyfriars was one of the first vineyards in England to plant the traditional Champagne varieties. Mike and Hillary Wagstaff took over in 2010 and have expanded the area under vine to 40 acres across two sites, focusing on producing stunning English Sparkling Wine from the three classic Champagne varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Below their sun-drenched south facing slopes is the same chalk band that connects the us with Champagne, helping to produce vibrant, rich, and elegant sparkling and still wines. In addition to expanding the vineyard, they have also completed a major redevelopment of the existing winery to accommodate the resulting increased production levels with state-of-the-art facilities.
HOFFMANN & RATHBONE
Hoffmann & Rathbone is a boutique winery located in the picturesque village of Mountfield, East-Sussex. Run by husband and wife Ulrich Hoffmann and Birgit Rathbone, their wine tells a story of love and passion for craft and artistry in winemaking. Ulrich’s experience and expertise allows him to push the boundaries to create very small quantities of ultra-premium, modern sparkling wine, using traditional methods, aged for long periods, with care and patience. They create the wines by conscientiously sourcing and hand-picking only the ripest grapes grown in the beautiful South East English countryside, which are then gently pressed.
This combination of absolute perfectionism, concentration on tiny volumes and commitment to producing wine beyond commercial time constraints ensures only the very best quality for Hoffmann & Rathbone sparkling wine.
‘Nothing is released until it is ready to be sold and unless it is worthy of the brand.’
Balfour Winery is an award-winning family-owned winery set on the 400-acre Hush Heath Estate. As founders of the WineGB sustainability scheme, taking care of the land is paramount. With the first vines having gone in the ground in 2002, clone selection has been the main focus to ensure quality, consistency, and complexity. This, along with Balfour winery’s small batch artisanal approach, has resulted in the Winemaker’s collection; limited edition wines released each year. Balfour Winery are leaders in moving the English wine industry forward with their innovative and experimental mindset, alongside 21 years of experience.