A champagne with a great tradition

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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 (£41.99, Waitrose), the House’s 70th vintage since 1842, has been aged for seven years.

It has been aged for seven years and is made from the classic champagne blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.

This glorious 2004 expression is delicate with tropical fruity notes, a fresh, mineral finish, and more than enough charm to please the palate of an angel.

For a taste of success, try Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Grande Reserve (£29.99, Sainsbury’s), a blend of 25 per cent chardonnay, 40 per cent pinot noir and 35 per cent pinot meunier.

From 125 crus (villages), the quality and diversity of the fruit helps create this pale yellow mosaic of a champagne.

Soft and fresh with a creamy palate and pleasant gentle finish.

Champagne Jacquart is celebrating its 50th birthday and this leading co-operative draws on grapes from more than 60 crus across the main regions to create its finest wines.

For a vintage blanc de blancs (made entirely from chardonnay, and the classic grape of the Cote des Blancs), try Champagne Jacquart Blanc de Blancs 2005 (£36, www.greatwesternwine.co.uk.