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"Angel has emerged as one of the most innovative and original Champagne brands.” Angel Champagne began as the inspiration of British entrepreneur Stefano Zagni, it was his dream to create the ultimate champagne experience. His quest began at the oldest and finest vineyards of the Champagne region - The Villages of Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger- all 100% classified Grand Cru. Angel's esteemed champagne experts, including master winemaker Herbert Dailly, supervise the blending of Angel's grape reserve vintages (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and liqueur de dosage. Angel Champagne includes non-vintage, vintage and rosé champagne (late 2012).

Armand de Brignac is the name of a Champagne brand produced by Champagne Cattier, and sold in opaque metallic bottles. The brand's first bottling, Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, is identifiable by its distinctive gold bottle with pewter Ace of Spades labels. The brand is owned by New York City-based Sovereign Brands in partnership with Cattier, and was introduced in late 2006. Armand de Brignac's Champagnes are marketed as flagship cuvées in selected markets. They are produced in a multi-vintage style (like Krug's Grande Cuvée) as opposed to the vintage prestige cuvées of some other Champagne houses.

Ayala is indeed the equivalent to “haute couture” in Champagne. Thanks to a small production and a true passion for quality, they decided to take up the very ambitious challenge of producing a range of very pure, fresh, elegant and fine Champagnes with a low sugar dosage or by not adding any dosage* at all. Producing a Brut Nature requires the very best grapes, very careful and precise blending as well as long ageing in the cellars. Ayala is thus the pioneer in a totally new style in Champagne. It is the natural beauty and intrinsic quality of their wines that gave them the idea to produce “Nature” champagnes in order to highlight their amazing freshness, purity and harmony."

Billecart-Salmon is a medium-sized champagne house in Mareuil-sur-Ay, France. Founded in 1818 with the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, it is one of the few to remain family owned. The Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart 1959 won first place in the Champagne of the Millennium 1999, out of 150 of the finest 20th century champagnes.

A magnum of the winning champagne later sold for £3,300.Billecart-Salmon champagnes have also been reviewed favourably by wine writer, Jancis Robinson.

Bollinger is a Champagne house, a producer of sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France. They produce several labels of Champagne under the Bollinger name, including the vintage Vieille Vignes Françaises, Grand Année and R.D. as well as the non-vintage Special Cuvée. Founded in 1829 in Aÿ by Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger the house continues to be run by members of the Bollinger family. In Britain Bollinger Champagnes are affectionately known as "Bolly".
Charles Heidsieck is a Champagne producer based in the Reims region of Champagne. The house, founded in 1851 by the French Champagne maker Charles Heidsieck, produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvee. Arguably the most famous of the three Heidsieck champagne houses, it is the youngest. The estate owns 30 hectares (74 acres) of vineyards in Ambonnay, Bouzy and Oger, and makes the standard label Brut Resérve mis en Cave, while the prestige label Champagne Charlie was has been replaced by the label Blanc de Millénaires. The house produces approximately 3,000,000 bottles annually.
Moët & Chandon or Moët, is a French winery and co-owner of the luxury goods company Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. Moët et Chandon is one of the world's largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house. The company holds a Royal Warrant to supply champagne to Elizabeth II. Moët et Chandon was established in 1743 by Claude Moët, and today owns more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vineyards, and annually produces approximately 26,000,000 bottles of champagne.
Duval-Leroy is a Champagne producer based in the Vertus region of Champagne. The house, founded in 1859, produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvée as well as a line of organic and biodynamically produced wines. Duval-Leroy is one of the last independent and family owned champagne houses.

It produces around 5 million bottles every year. Duval-Leroy vineyards comprises 200 hectares (490 acres) under cultivation, which represents a third of the requirements of the house.
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