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A Champagne Christmas: a tale of two Houses

There’s nothing quite like Champagne for raising festive cheer and bringing in the New Year, and there’s plenty of fine stuff that reflects the breadth and depth of the world’s most highly prized sparkling wine filtering its way through to the Hungarian capital. The two houses featured here offer contrasting but equally mouth-watering takes on Champagne, which is made by the traditional method, whereby the second fermentation takes place in the bottle. The developing wine is left to pick up complexity from the yeasty lees with the yeasty plug later disgorged after a long period of ageing.

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