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Nov 17 2016

Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal  2009

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15275-09-cristal-2009-lowChampagne Louis Roederer – Reinheit und Präzision

Der berühmteste Champagner des Hauses Louis Roederer wird im Jahre 1876 kreiert, zugeschnitten auf die hohen Geschmacksansprüche des Zaren Alexander II. Dieser schätzt ganz besonders die Weine von Louis Roederer und gibt Auftrag, ihm fortan jedes Jahr die besten Cuvées zu reservieren. Der persönliche Sommelier des Zaren kommt nach Reims, um die Herstellung dieses exklusiven Weins zu überwachen. Um die Einzigartigkeit dieser Cuvée, dieses herausragenden Champagners, zum Ausdruck zu bringen, wird er in eine Kristallflasche mit flachem Boden gefüllt. Er trägt fortan den Namen dieses wunderbaren Glases, das seine Transparenz und sein Leuchten auf das Schönste zur Geltung bringt.

Cristal wird aus den besten Parzellen der sieben Crus der Domaine Louis Roederer assembliert. Die Weinbeeren stammen von den alten Rebstöcken, sie sorgen für die Intensität des Cristal und sind das erste Geheimnis dieses grossen Weins. Die Prinzipien des biodynamischen Anbaus setzen sich zunehmend durch und erweitern die Palette der für die Kompositionen zur Verfügung stehenden Noten.

Cristal wird nur in jenen „grossen Jahren“ produziert, in denen der Chardonnay (ungefähr 40 %) und der Pinot Noir (ungefähr 60 %) ihre perfekte Reife erlangen. Anschliessend lagert er sechs Jahre im Keller und ruht mindestens weitere acht Monate nach dem Dégorgement.  Continue reading „Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal  2009“


Nov 16 2016

450 Besucherinnen und Besucher am Salon du Champagne

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Zürich, 16. November 2016. Am 15. November fand in Zürich die zweite Deutschschweizer Ausgabe des Salon du Champagne statt. Rund 450 Besucherinnen und Besucher, davon 200 Medien- und Fachvertreter, liessen im Zürcher Restaurant Metropol die Korken knallen. Zu verkosten gab es 150 verschiedene Cuvées von 25 Produzenten. 

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«Wir freuen uns sehr, dass wir in diesem Jahr ein noch grösseres Fachpublikum für den Salon du Champagne gewinnen konnten», sagt Kat Morse, Initiantin und Co-Organisatorin des Salondu Champagne. Während es letztes Jahr rund 160 Fach- und Medienvertreter waren, zählte die Messe in diesem Jahr über 200. Zusammen mit dem breiten Publikum besuchten 450 Champagner-Liebhaberinnen und Liebhaber heuer den Salon du Champagne. Diese kamen in den Genuss, 150 Cuvées von 25 Produzenten zu verkosten. «Die Besucherinnen und Besucher haben es geschätzt, dass wir neben den grossen Marken auch den kleineren, familiengeführten Champagnerhäusern und Kooperativen eine Plattform geboten haben», so Kat Morse.  Continue reading „450 Besucherinnen und Besucher am Salon du Champagne“


Mrz 03 2015

Champagne-Importe 2014 weiter steigend

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Die Schweiz importiert über 8% mehr Champagne als 2013.

 

Zürich/Épernay, 3. März 2015 – Im Jahr 2014 wurden 8.1% mehr Champagne in die Schweiz importiert als noch im Vorjahr. Insgesamt wurden mehr als 5.55 Millionen Flaschen zu einem Wert von ca. 97 Millionen Euro eingeführt. Dies entspricht einer Wertsteigerung von 6.1% gegenüber 2013. Weltweit wurden 307.1 Millionen Flaschen aus der Champagne exportiert, was ein Umsatzwachstum von 0.7% bzw. 4.5 Milliarden Euro bedeutet. Dies kommt dem zweithöchsten Umsatz gleich, der je in der Champagne erzielt wurde und ist mitunter der Dynamik der Exportmärkte zu verdanken. Continue reading „Champagne-Importe 2014 weiter steigend“


Jan 21 2015

Zweithöchster Umsatz in der Geschichte der Champagne

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Zürich/Épernay, 21. Januar 2015 – Mit mindestens 307 Millionen verkaufter Flaschen Champagne weltweit, verzeichnen die Champagne Winzer und Häuser den zweithöchsten Umsatz ihrer Geschichte. Auch wird wohl die am 16. Juli 2014 vereinbarte Reserve-Rückstellung von 400 kg/ha auf 500 kg/ha angehoben, sollten die Verkäufe die Marke von 307 Millionen Flaschen im 2014 überschreiten.

Auch wenn die Zahlen noch nicht definitiv sind, Continue reading „Zweithöchster Umsatz in der Geschichte der Champagne“


Sep 26 2014

Champagne Bruno Paillard vendange 2014 report, September 11th to 25th.

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Maison Bruno Paillard owns 87 parcels of vineyard in 16 Crus for a total surface of 32 hectares. This vineyard covers half of its proper needs. They complement those supplied by private growers through long term contracts since its foundation in 1981.

2014 climate condition:

After a very early budding and a favorable spring, with nice weather at the time of the  flowering, July and August have offered pretty bad weather to Champagne vineyards.

Happily, the four weeks before the harvest delivered much better weather conditions permitting the grapes to finish maturing in good conditions: dry and sunny days with moderate temperature and cool nights. In our own vineyards we had 1 single hour of rain while picking, the day before last at Festigny.

The grapes: Continue reading „Champagne Bruno Paillard vendange 2014 report, September 11th to 25th.“


Jul 22 2014

Champagne-Lese 2014: Vielversprechende Aussichten in positivem Umfeld

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Zürich/Épernay, 22. Juli 2014 – In diesen Tagen bieten die Reben der Champagne ein besonders schönes Bild und sind in ausgezeichnetem Zustand. Das ist das Ergebnis eines warmen und trockenen Frühjahrs mit geringen Niederschlägen von März bis Juni. Darüber hinaus blieben die Weinberge bislang von aussergewöhnlichen Wetterereignissen verschont. Sollte sich dies so fortsetzen, könnte mit der Lese Anfang September begonnen werden. Continue reading „Champagne-Lese 2014: Vielversprechende Aussichten in positivem Umfeld“


Nov 02 2013

Champagne Bruno Paillard: Zusammenfassung Weinlese 2013

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMontag 30. September: mit den Chardonnays aus Cumières hat die Weinlese begonnen. Weiter ging es mit le Mesnil sur Oger dann Oger und Vertus bei günstigen Wetterbedingungen. Innerhalb einer Woche haben wir die gesamten Chardonnays eingebracht, die im Punkto Qualität und Reifezustand (mehr als 11,3) und im Säuregehalt (über 8,5) hervorragend sind. Der Traubengeschmack ist klar, nachhaltig mit Lebendigkeit. Eine gute Voraussetzung für künftige Qualität.

Am Wochenende des 28. / 29. September haben wir die Ernte in Les Riceys angefangen. Leider wurden die Pinots Noirs aus der Aube durch starke Regenfälle beeinträchtigt. Diese Region hatte bereits unter Hagel gelitten, die Trauben sind extrem empfindlich. Die Verkostung im Frühjahr wird maßgebend sein, doch es ist sehr unwahrscheinlich, daß wir diese Pinots Noirs verwenden.

Die Meuniers sind seit dem 8. Oktober geerntet. Ihre Qualitätsanalysen (Alk. 9,6 / Säure 7,7) sind zufriedenstellend. Das Marne Tal wurde von Hagel verschont. Unsere Weinreben von Cumières, Damery, Reuil, Venteuil und Festigny bringen gute Ergebnisse bis auf den letzten Tag, als der Regen erneut Schaden angerichtet hat. Wir haben dort schöne Trauben aber einige Parzelle entsprechen nicht unserem Standard. Continue reading „Champagne Bruno Paillard: Zusammenfassung Weinlese 2013“


Aug 29 2013

Ernte 2013 in der Champagne beginnt Ende September

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Epernay/Zürich – Sollte sich die Grosswetterlage in den kommenden Wochen nicht allzu stark ändern, wird die diesjährige Traubenernte in der Champagne Ende September beginnen. Die Champagner Winzer haben sich offiziell auf einen Ernteertrag von 10‘500 Kilogramm pro Hektare geeinigt.

Nach einem eher kalten, tristen und sehr regenstarken Winter und Frühling begann die Reifung der Trauben mit einer zweiwöchigen Verspätung – im Vergleich zum Durchschnitt der vergangenen zehn Jahre. Bis zu den ersten schönen Tagen im Juni schritt dieser Reifeprozess auch nur sehr langsam voran. Continue reading „Ernte 2013 in der Champagne beginnt Ende September“


Mrz 07 2013

decanter.com: Champagne negociant facing break-up

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by Giles Fallowfield – Champagne negociant business Pressoirs de France is almost certain to be broken up and its assets sold off after the company’s administrator failed to sell it.

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‚Optimistic‘: Myriam and Nicolas Dubois (pic: lunion.presse.fr)

Administrator Jean-Luc Mercier, appointed by the French courts in January after the business went into receivership, has now launched a tender calling for bids for the two main assets of the company, based in Faverolles-et-Coemy, near Reims.

Mercier has listed these assets as the vineyards it owns – some 10.67 hectares of vines worth an estimated €11-15m – plus 165ha of supply contracts, including 84ha where the contract has a further four years to run. Vineyard land in Champagne regularly fetches more than €1m per hectare, but there is some debate about the value of the supply contracts.

Growers are paid for their grapes in four tranches, but Mercier had warned that the second payment for the 2012 crop – some €2.5m, due on 5 March – would not be met by the deadline. Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne negociant facing break-up“


Feb 18 2013

decanter.com: Champagne shipments fall by 14m bottles

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by Richard Woodard – Champagne sold 14m less bottles in 2012, a 4.4% decline after a slump in pre-Christmas trade.

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Champagne: ’stable‘ despite 14m drop

The final figure of 308.8m bottles was lower than anticipated – industry insiders had forecast a 3% fall to 314-315m bottles – following poor demand in November and December, when shipments fell by 6-7% and 8.8% respectively.

Leaving aside the lowest point of the economic crisis in 2009 – when shipments slumped to 293.3m bottles – this represents Champagne’s worst year in terms of volume since 2005.

However, the Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC)pointed out that shipments by value (ex-cellar) were stable at €4.37bn, describing the figure as ‘very satisfactory’.

Shipments to the vital French market – which still accounts for 55.5% of global shipments – declined by 5.6% or over 10m bottles to 171.4m bottles. Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne shipments fall by 14m bottles“


Jan 30 2013

decanter.com: Burgundy, Champagne miss out on UNESCO status

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – The two French wine regions hoping for UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2014 have been told their candidature has not been successful – for now.

Both the mosaic of winegrowing plots in Burgundy, known as climats, and the cellars and caves of Champagne, had submitted applications to the French ministries of Culture and the Environment, to be put forward for protected status through UNESCO. Continue reading „decanter.com: Burgundy, Champagne miss out on UNESCO status“


Jan 18 2013

decanter.com: Champagne 2012 will be an ‚exceptional‘ vintage

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by Caroline Henry in Champagne, and Adam Lechmere – Champagne producers including Dom Perignon and Philipponnat have confirmed they will make a vintage in 2012.

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‚Quality and intensity‘: Richard Geoffroy

Despite what vignerons at the time called one of the worst growing seasonsthey had seen for decades, with April frosts, hailstorms, and one of the wettest summers on record, they are highly optimistic for the quality of the vintage.

‘The quality and the intensity are definitely there to make an outstanding vintage,’ Dom Perignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy told Decanter.com.

Winegrowers said the warm weather in August was a saving grace. As harvest grew closer it became apparent that the small amounts of grapes on the vines were of excellent quality. In September as grapes were picked and pressed, often at close to 11% alcohol, winemakers were amazed by the concentration of flavour, natural sugar and acidity, and talk of a potential vintage began to be widespread. Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne 2012 will be an ‚exceptional‘ vintage“


Jan 08 2013

decanter.com: Three given suspended sentences for massive Champagne fraud

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by Giles Fallowfield – Three former managers of the Esterlin Champagne co-operative have been given eight-month suspended prison sentences and €2,000 fines for selling fake vintage Champagne.

Between 2002 and 2005, Patrick Jean, the former president of Esterlin, commercial director Lysiane Géraudel and chef de Cave Franck Zehner sold 426,000 bottles of fake vintage champagne to the Ed supermarket group, a subsidiary of the Carrefour group.

The three were first indicted in 2005, as Decanter.com reported. The Mancy-based co-operative also has to pay a fine of €20,000, the court in Chalon decided before Christmas. The court has additionally levied a fine of €2.841m payable to French customs and excise. However the Ed supermarket group, which sought €2m in damages, is understood to be unhappy with its award of €5,000.

The CIVC, Champagne’s governing body, also brought a civil action against Esterlin, communications director Thibaut Le Mailloux confirmed.

It did this ‘as soon as the case was brought to the attention of the criminal court by the fraud squad,’ he said. ‘This is what we systematically do when such cases – albeit rare – occur. This shows our strong determination to take action against any company or individual whose criminal actions directly or indirectly damage the reputation of Champagne.’ It is unclear whether further action will be taken against the co-op.

During the trial Zehner said in a signed statement read out in court, ‘Since I arrived in 2000, there has never been a true vintage [Champagne] sold to Ed, never.’

The co-defendents claimed not to know what went on in the cellar and sought to blame Zehner for the fraud and other problems at the co-op. However the judge suggested Zehner would have had no interest in organising the fraud on his own. If that had been the case, he quipped, ‚We are here in the presence of a crime without a motive.‘

When the current Esterlin president Eric Potié, who is also president of theFederation of Cooperatives of Champagne (FCVC), was asked by the judge if these practices had disappeared at the co-op, his response was: ‘In my position, I am unable to know exactly what is in the cellar, but it seems to be correct.’


Okt 30 2012

Der neue Champagne Botschafter 2012 kommt aus Belgien

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Gido van Imschoot, Ausbildungsleiter im Bereich Önologie in der berühmten Hotelschule Spermalie in Brügge, wird der 8. europäische Ambassadeur du Champagne. Der Belgier setzte sich gegen acht Konkurrenten aus acht verschiedenen europäischen Ländern, unter anderem der Schweiz durch. Den zweiten Platz ging an Chiara Giovoni aus Italien und der dritte Platz belegte Elisabeth Eder aus Österreich. Der Schweizer Kandidat, Axel Caubet, reichte es trotz sehr guter Leistung nicht ganz für einen Medaillenrang.

Der Sieger, Gido van Imschoot, war überglücklich, als er im Château de la Marquetterie in Pierry (F) die begehrte Trophäe des Europäischen Champagne Botschafters in die Höhe stemmen durfte. Der Preis wurde ihm im Rahmen eines Galaabends von den beiden Präsidenten des Comité Champagne (CIVC), Pascal Férat und Ghislain de Montgolfier, persönlich überreicht. Der passionierte Weinkenner aus Belgien war bereits schon im Vorfeld als Geheimkandidat gehandelt worden. Seit 1994 ist er Gründer und Besitzer seiner eigenen Weinakademie Pantha Rhei. Heute kümmert er sich neben den von ihm organisierten Meisterklassen um sein neues Projekt „Vine-Art.be“. Ausserdem hat van Imschoot 5 Bücher über Wein und Gastronomie geschrieben und veröffentlicht, von denen eines dem Champagne gewidmet ist. Continue reading „Der neue Champagne Botschafter 2012 kommt aus Belgien“


Okt 26 2012

Pop a Cork On Champagne Day

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© AFP With half of the sparkling wine sold in the U.S. mislabeled as Champagne, it’s time to get to grips with this most regal of bubbles.

By – Lilly Bollinger didn’t need an excuse to drink Champagne every day, but most of us don’t have miles of cellars under our homes filled with fantastic fizz. It’s lucky then, that Global Champagne Day on Friday gives us the perfect opportunity to break open the bubbly.

The 24-hour event is now in its third year and encourages consumers to blog, tweet and post their thoughts about the French Continue reading „Pop a Cork On Champagne Day“


Aug 16 2012

decanter.com: Champagne growing season worst in decades

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by Giles Fallowfield – Champagne has had the worst growing season for several decades and the prospects for the 2012 harvest look increasingly bleak.Champagne 2011 harvest

Even with improved weather in the run-up to harvest, expected to start around 20 September, yields will be significantly down on recent years with frost, hail, protracted and uneven flowering and problems with disease all having an adverse effect. Frosts in mid-April destroyed nearly 10% of the appellation’s crop, with losses as high as 40% in some areas.

A severe hailstorm in early June in the Cote des Bar affected nearly 1,000 hectares of vineyard, with some producers losing everything and the damage estimated to have cut the 2013 harvest by one-third as well.

‘We have had frost and hail, while poor weather during flowering when it was cold and wet meant that took place over four weeks [instead of just a few days], resulting in a very poor fruit set and millerandage,” said Benoit Gouez, chef de cave at Moet & Chandon. Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne growing season worst in decades“


Jul 24 2012

decanter.com: Labruyere buys grower Champagne

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Edouard Labruyere, who owns property in Pomerol, Meursault and Beaujolais, has added a grower Champagne to his portfolio.Edouard Labruyère

Domaine Christian Busin consists of 6.5ha of Grand Cru vineyards in Vérzenay, planted to 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. The purchase was completed last month. Labruyère (pictured) owns Domaine Jacques Prieur in Mersault, Chateau Rouget in Pomerol and Domaine Labruyère in Moulin à Vent, Beaujolais.

Nadine Gublin, who currently makes the wines in Burgundy and consults in Pomerol, will take over the winemaking, with plans to immediately bring down yields, lower the dosage, and concentrate on developing a terroir-led style. Labruyère intends to keep the existing name for at least the next few years, until the desired quality has been achieved.

‘I have been looking for a Champagne property to buy since 2008, and have visited over 35, but the big houses are tough to compete against when buying,’ Labruyère told Decanter.com Continue reading „decanter.com: Labruyere buys grower Champagne“


Jun 27 2012

decanter.com: Louis Roederer now Champagne’s biggest biodynamic producer

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by Giles Fallowfield -Louis Roederer has increased its vineyard ownership to 230 hectares following the purchase of Champagne Leclerc Briant.Lerclerc Briant

After the death of Pascal Leclerc Briant in 2010 his four daughters have gradually sold off the 30ha estate. The first tranche was 17ha in October 2011: Roederer bought two hectares of vineyard in the premier cru of Cumières, where it already owns land, while Lanson bought 13ha.

Following that sale, a deal believed to be in excess of €40m was reached between the sisters and the Rouzaud family, which owns Roederer, to buy the whole of Leclerc Briant. This included the brand name, buildings in Epernay, several years’ stock, grape purchase contracts and crucially, from Roederer’s point of view, the remaining 13ha of vineyard mainly located in the adjoining premiers crus of Hautvilliers, Cumières and Damery.

As Leclerc Briant was the largest single biodynamic producer in Champagne, Roederer Continue reading „decanter.com: Louis Roederer now Champagne’s biggest biodynamic producer“


Mai 16 2012

decanter.com: Champagne ‚capsule thieves‘ arrested

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by Panos Kakaviatos -Police in Champagne have arrested 15 individuals under suspicion of stealing thousands of official ‘CRD’ capsule stickers.

crd capsuleThe arrests were made in a 6am sting operation carried out last Wednesday. The ringleaders, identified only as David and Eric, have been indicted for the theft of 109,000 CRD capsules (capsules représentatives des droits) – the colour-coded round stickers on top of wine bottles sold in France that prove that tax has been paid on the bottle.

The capsules came from two companies specialising in their manufacture: Sparflex, located in the industrial area of Dizy, and AMCOR Flexibles in Mareuil-sur-Ay, Champagne police representative Nicolas Weimer told Decanter.com Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne ‚capsule thieves‘ arrested“


Mai 02 2012

decanter.com: Champagne crop badly damaged by frost

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by Giles Fallowfield – Up to a third of some Champagne vineyards have been affected by heavy frosts earlier this month.Champagne frost damage

Undamaged and frost-damaged spring growth (Image: Lea & Sandeman)

Temperatures dropped to – 3°C in the Côte des Blancs with villages like Avize, Cramant and Chouilly the worst hit, while there was more widespread damage in the Côte des Bar as temperatures there fell to – 5°C.

Low-lying areas in the Côte des Blancs and the Côte des Bar have been particularly badly affected.

Chardonnay in the Côte des Blancs and the Grande Vallée de la Marne was the most vulnerable: it was more advanced with two or three leaves already growing in some well-exposed vineyards.

There has been widespread damage in the vineyards around Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Avenay. The relatively forward Chardonnay in the low-lying areas close to the Marne River, and also some Pinot Noir parcels, have been affected.

Moët & Chandon winemaker Benoît Gouez said that between 7% and 8% of this year’s crop had potentially been lost, with the worst damage in the grands crus of Avize and Aÿ, where up to 18% has been damaged. Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne crop badly damaged by frost“


Nov 08 2011

decanter.com: Champagne price rise expected

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by Giles Fallowfield – Champagne is expected to go up in price in the New Year as grape prices increase in the region.Champagne 2011 harvest

Champagne: grape prices up for 2011 harvest

Although Champagne is currently being heavily discounted by supermarkets fighting for market share, the rise in grape prices from the 2011 harvest means that selling prices for the main brands will be forced to rise.

The cost of grapes is expected to rise by at least 3% soon after the harvest and there was evidence of larger increases for grand cru grapes, sometimes as much as 4.5%.

Speaking in London at the launch of the 2000 vintage of their prestige cuvée Femme de Champagne, Carol Duval-Leroy, chairman of the eponymous house, said the increase in grape prices is ‘collective suicide, we are all going to the wall. Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne price rise expected“


Okt 28 2011

decanter.com: Russia to stop using Soviet Champagne name

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by Richard Woodard – Russian sparkling wine producers are to stop using the Shampanskoye name on labels after an Sovetskoye Shampanskoye Russian sparklinghistoric agreement was reached at the weekend.

Image: Ultimate Wine Shop

Meeting at the Abrau-Durso winery in the country’s Krasnodar region near the Black Sea coast, members of the Russian Winegrower and Winemaker Union agreed in principle to outlaw the ‘Sovetskoye Shampanskoye’ trademark, without fixing a timescale for the ban.

The name, which was established under Stalin in the 1920s, is still widely used by privately-owned producers today. Continue reading „decanter.com: Russia to stop using Soviet Champagne name“


Sep 15 2011

Eine ungewöhnliche Ernte in der Champagne

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Die Ernte 2011, die sich in der Champagne dem Ende neigt, deutet auf einen einzigartigen Weinjahrgang hin. Der Gesundheitszustand der Trauben ist gut, die Chardonnay-Trauben sogar aussergewöhnlich. Mit dem diesjährigen Ernteertrag von mindestens 10‘500 Kilo pro Hektar sollte die steigende Nachfrage nach Champagner vermutlich bedient werden können. Continue reading „Eine ungewöhnliche Ernte in der Champagne“


Sep 12 2011

decanter.com: Champagne copes with difficult vintage

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by James Lawrence – The 2011 Champagne vintage is being hailed as one of the most unusual in the region’s history, as vignerons deal with the aftermath of one of the most difficult growing seasons on record.

Oenologist Herve Jestin, who consults for several properties in the Côte des Blancs, including Russian-owned Chateau D’Avize, told Decanter.com Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne copes with difficult vintage“


Jun 14 2011

Decanter: Champagne 2011 harvest could be earliest since 2003

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by Giles Fallowfield – August holidays have been cancelled in Champagne in anticipation of a very early harvest, possibly the earliest on record – especially if the warm weather of March to the end of May continues. Flowering was generally completed before the end of May and in some places the vines were in full flower by 21 May.

Adding 92 days – the average time over the past decade in Champagne between flowering and the start of the harvest—picking could start on 22 August. However because August is usually warmer and has more sun than September, it is possible the period between flowering may be even shorter, at just 80 days, which means the first grapes may be cut on August 16.

The lack of rain also tends to accelerate the date, Louis Roederer winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon said, adding that he ‘would be ready to start from August’. Continue reading „Decanter: Champagne 2011 harvest could be earliest since 2003“


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