Category: Champagne

Brexit warning from the Comité Champagne

Brexit warning from the Comité Champagne

The head of the Comité Champagne has warned that houses and growers could feel the effects of a ‘difficult 10 years’ for the UK economy, but that markets elsewhere are currently making up for weaker sales in the country.

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The future could be difficult for the UK…

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Royal Wedding wine: Pol Roger Champagne served

Royal Wedding wine: Pol Roger Champagne served

Pol Roger Champagne has been confirmed as one of the wines served to hundreds of guests at the official lunch reception following the Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Champagne Pol Roger, DFWE 2015
Champagne Pol Roger wines lined up for Masterclass guests at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2015.

Pol Roger confirmed but rest of list still a mystery…

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Champagne growers hit by violent hailstorm

Champagne growers hit by violent hailstorm

Hailstones bigger than golf balls have caused at least some damage to 500 hectares of vines in the Côte des Bar area in the south of the Champagne region, according to initial estimates.

Côte des Bar area map.
Côte des Bar area map.

Several hundred hectares damaged in the Aube region…

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Record year for Champagne 2017

Record year for Champagne 2017

Comité Champagne has published their sales figures for 2017. Champagne made a record turnover of 4.9 billion euros in 2017. 307 million bottles were sold, a slight increase compared with 2016. The sales record counted in volume from 2007 is stil…

Grower Champagne: Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs

Grower Champagne: Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs

Larmandier-Bernier is one of the leading lights of grower Champagne. The domaine, which consists of 15 hectares of vines in the Côtes des Blancs, is farmed by Sophie and Pierre Larmandier, who took over in 1988. In 1992 they began farming organically, and in 1999 they started working with biodynamics. The old vines (average age […]

Dom Pérignon to collaborate with rockstar Lenny Kravitz

Dom Pérignon to collaborate with rockstar Lenny Kravitz

Dom Pérignon has announced an upcoming creative collaboration with the American actor and Grammy Award-winning musician, Lenny Kravitz…

Dom Pérignon and Lenny Kravitz
Dom Pérignon Champagne reworks its image with Grammy Award winning rock idol and film actor, Lenny Kravitz. Credit: Dom Pérignon

A Champagne classic meets an American rock idol…

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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007

Lovely to be able to taste this – a pre-release bottle of the new vintage of Comtes de Champagne (read more about Taittinger’s Comtes here). It’s a really cracking vintage of this prestige cuvée.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 France
This is quite beautiful. There’s lovely concentration of citrus fruit with some subtle hazelnut and toast, as […]

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Reserve – Tasting the three vintage blends

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Reserve – Tasting the three vintage blends

Christelle Guibert visits Laurent-Perrier’s Grand Siècle Reserve cellar to taste their latest releases.

Grand Siècle Reserve

Stepping into Laurent-Perrier’s Grand Siècle Reserve cellar you would be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered onto the set of the …Continue reading »

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First taste: Champagne Bollinger RD 2004 release

First taste: Champagne Bollinger RD 2004 release

The official global launch of Bollinger RD 2004 Champagne took place this week and Decanter’s John Stimpfig was there to taste the latest vintage of the house’s famous prestige cuvée.

Bollinger RD 2004 release

John Stimpfig tastes the new release…

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First taste: Champagne Bollinger RD 2004 release

First taste: Champagne Bollinger RD 2004 release

The official global launch of Bollinger RD 2004 Champagne took place this week and Decanter’s John Stimpfig was there to taste the latest vintage of the house’s famous prestige cuvée.

Bollinger RD 2004 release

John Stimpfig tastes the new release…

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