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Champagne – Heidsieck

Heidsieck is owned by French Company EPI, a luxury goods firm. Regis Camus, the winemaker, won IWC sparkling maker last 7 years (2013). Heidsieck makes wines as MA for UK multiples, for example Les Pionieers vintage and NV, for the … Continue reading

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Champagne – LVMH

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) owns these houses, with some notable facts: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin – produced 12m bottles in 2008; owns 300ha of widely spread GC vineyard and is an important buyer from contract growers; Veuve Clicquot’s cellar master … Continue reading

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Champagne – Roederer

Louis Roederer – founded in 1776, based in Reims, remains family owned. Has 214ha (supplies 2/3 of its needs) of mostly GC vineyard, spread across the Montagne de Reims, Vallee de la Marne and Cotes des Blanc.  In the last part … Continue reading

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Champagne – Krug

Krug is an NM based in Reims, and one of the top 3 houses, along with Salon and Bollinger. Established in the late 19th century, it has been owned by LVMH since 1999, but with Krug family members still heavily involved in … Continue reading

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Champagne – Bollinger

Bollinger is a NM, and a family owned Champagne house established in 1829.  It is headquartered in Ay Champagne – pinot noir country, 1 of the 2 GC villages in the Vallée de la Marne (the other is Tours sur … Continue reading

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Champagne reserve wines

What Individual reserve wines are usually still wine, held back from vintages of excellent quality, within the limit of 8t/ha, that is 4100 litres/ha.  All producers are committed to creating this reserve, under the supervision of the CIVC. Reserves can … Continue reading

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Champagne co-ops

There are around 15000 growers in Champagne (and 4650 are *RMs), many with sub-hectare holdings, it makes sense then to cooperatively share grape processing plant.  Co-ops, of which there are about 140 of varying size, are important champagne producers. Many co-ops … Continue reading

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Grower Champagne event

En francais – Les Champagnes de Vignerons This was at Fulham Palace on 27th March 2013, organised by the French Trade Commission in UK – UBI France.  They have a range of similar events, there was another in April this … Continue reading

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Cuvée de prestige

Cuvée de Prestige, also known as Deluxe Cuvées – what are they? Firstly, they are exclusively expensive.  Most are vintage wines, many  produced by the most traditional methods. These are a producers’ flagship wines, made with exacting care and rigorous selection … Continue reading

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Champagne disgorgement dates

Before getting on to disgorgement dates, we need to do a little preparation … Base wines, destined to become champagne, are generally produced in bulk in tank.  They are then blended, and subject to a second slow fermentation at below 12C, in … Continue reading

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