11th September, 2019 by Phoebe French A restaurant and bar with its own ‘Champagne-puking unicorn’ is to open on the King’s Road in London inspired by “the uncertain travel environment in the lead up to Brexit”.Called Journey, the restaurant is set in a three-storey building and offers guests the opportunity to embark on a “two-hour interactive taste travel” exploring different cuisines from around the world.
5th September, 2019 by Edith Hancock The Champagne brand owned by Jay Z has officially launched its “most expensive cuvée to date” in the US.The most recent wine to be released in the range is the Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two (A2), which is is made with 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards in Bouzy, Verzenay, Chigny-les-Roses, Ludes and Rilly-la-Montagne.
3rd September, 2019 by Edith Hancock William Grant & Sons-owned whisky label Glenfiddich has unveiled a new whisky aged in French cuvée casks.Called Glenfiddich Grand Cru, the spirit has been matured for 23 years and finished in rare French cuvée oak casks, which the brand said will “create a true taste of luxury to celebrate with others.
3rd September, 2019 by Patrick Schmitt As this year’s harvest begins in Champagne, db learns that natural yields in the region have shrunk by almost 20% due to extreme summertime temperatures.While this year’s maximum yield from the 2019 harvest was set at 10,200kg/ha (down by 5.
30th August, 2019 by Edith Hancock The Champagne brand owned by rapper and producer Jay Z will launch its “most expensive cuvée to date” next week.The wine, also a Blanc de Noirs, is a blend from three vintages; 2009, 2010, and 2012 respectively.
30th July, 2019 by Ben Young dbHK’s inaugural Champagne Masters Asia blind-tasting competition showed that the appetite for top-quality bubbles in Hong Kong is on the rise.If the first-ever Champagne Masters Asia competition, hosted by the drinks business Hong Kong, is any indication, this trend shows no signs of slowing.
17th July, 2019 by Arabella Mileham Aldi has received a rap from the Advertising Standards Agency, which said its Christmas ad comparing its own-label champagne with a leading champagne brand sold in Tesco misled consumers.The press ad, which ran last December, compared a selection of Christmas products sold by Aldi and Tesco, including Aldi’s own brand Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut which retails for £11.
The advertising watchdog has rapped Aldi on the knuckles over an ad that compared its Veuve Monsigny Champagne to the Moët & Chandon on sale at Tesco.Yet its basket included its own-label Champagne and instead of comparing it with Tesco’s own-label counterpart it went for the branded Moët.
Two star dining at Le Parc within the hotel Les Crayeres It was announced yesterday by the drinks business that the region of Champagne has created a new slogan and logo to encapsulate its appeal to tourists – La Champagne, refined art de vivre – coupled with a new website for potential visitors – visitlachampagne.travel However, for many years db has been exploring the options available to those travelling to and through Champagne, and in our latest Champagne Report – which be downloaded here – we looked closely at the best places to eat and drink in the region.
3rd July, 2019 by db_staff the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking final entries for The Champagne Masters – Asia 2019.The competition will be chaired by the drinks business Hong Kong‘s editorial team, and judged by a panel of cherry-picked judges including Hong Kong-based Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, senior trade buyers and experienced sommeliers.
In the 12 months to 20 April 2019, sales of Champagne (volume 9lr cases), decreased by -6% in the UK hospitality sector, while in the same period value sales only decreased by -0.However, between 2017 and 2018, volume sales of Champagne decreased by over -13%.
The cuvee has been ageing for ten years in the Maison’s cellars (seven of which were on the lees).It was disgorged in September 2017, after which is spent a further 18 months in the Maison’s cellars before release.
Born Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, Clicquot took over her husband François Clicquot’s Champagne business in 1805 after his sudden demise.More recently, Lily Bollinger’s 30-year tenure at Bollinger left a legacy that is still upheld today.
The Gold Label 2009 will be officially launched at The Championships, Wimbledon on 1 July and carries a recommended retail price of £55.The Gold Label is not made every year, with the quality of the harvest determining whether a vintage is declared.
10th June, 2019 by Phoebe French Champagne Taittinger has planted a further 8.5 hectares at its Kentish vineyard Domaine Evremond as it gears up for its first commercial harvest this year.
7th June, 2019 by James Lawrence The future of vintage Champagne will depend on new approaches to marketing and distribution, according to Bollinger’s marketing director, Clement Garnier.The vintage Champagne category needs a marketing makeover according to Clement Garner, marketing director of Bollinger Speaking at Vinexpo 2019, Garnier told the drinks business that despite the overall decline of the vintage category, it could thrive if intelligently marketed and rebranded.
21st May, 2019 by Phoebe French British luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has unveiled a £37,000 Champagne chest which comes complete with four V12 engine-inspired flutes, two “thermal caviar caissons”, two blini holders, two mother of pearl caviar spoons and a canapé capsule.The Champagne chest is the latest addition to Rolls-Royce’s accessory portfolio, a range that also includes a wood-lined cigar humidor, lambswool floor mat, picnic hamper and parasol.
21st May, 2019 by db_staff the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking final entries for The Champagne Masters – Asia 2019.The competition will be chaired by the drinks business Hong Kong‘s editorial team, and judged by a panel of cherry-picked judges including Hong Kong-based Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, senior trade buyers and experienced sommeliers.
14th May, 2019 by Rupert Millar Champagne Henri Giraud has announced a new agency partnership with New Generation Wines to distribute its wines in England, Scotland and Wales.With its team’s expertise and our shared vision of excellence, we are very confident that New Generation will continue to build the most efficient off-trade/on-trade network and play a major part in the development of the Henri Giraud brand in the important UK market”.
9th May, 2019 by Arabella Mileham Penfolds, the flagship brand of Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates, has teamed up with Champagne House Thiénot to release three Champagnes to mark its 175th anniversary.“We are very happy with the results, the Champagnes are modern reflections showcasing fruit, freshness, and finesse,” he said.