A round-up of interesting articles on champagnes and sparkling wines

Philipponnat Champagne: For those in-the-know

Read about the history of the Philipponnat Champagne house, including its coveted Clos des Goisses vineyard. 

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Wednesday 21st June 2017

DP launches 2009 vintage

Dom Pérignon has announced the launch of its 2009 vintage, ahead of the 2008 due to the warmth and richness of the year. The first time it has broken the order of its releases.

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Friday 26th May 2017

A solution for Champagne's Chardonnay shortage?

As the demand for high-quality Chardonnay in Champagne begins to outstrip demand, one producer sees a solution for new sources in the south east of the appellation.

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Friday 19th May 2017


Bollinger to invest €45m in new vineyards

Champagne Bollinger has earmarked €45 million to buy new vineyards over the next 10 years to guarantee its supply and ensure that more than 60% of its production remains sourced from its own grapes.

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Thursday 11th May 2017

French champagne Taittinger plants first vines in English soil

Prestigious producer begins operations at vineyard in Kent aimed at producing sparkling wine by 2023.

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Sunday 7th May 2017


Taittinger begins planting at English site

Taittinger has become the first Champagne house to plant vines in England at its Kentish estate, Domaine Evremond.

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Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Chapel Down launches the country's most expensive sparkling wine

England’s most expensive bottle of wine has just been released in honour of St George’s Day. Leading British winemaker Chapel Down has recently launched a Coeur de Cuvée English sparkling wine at a price of £99.99.

Read the article 'Chapel Down launches the country's most expensive sparkling wine' published by telegraph.co.uk on

Tuesday 25th April 2017

A touch of frost bites in to Champagne

The Champagne region has once again suffered with a late frost which has caused losses throughout the region.

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Tuesday 25th April 2017

'Fatal' frost hits Champagne vineyards

Champagne makers fear that they have again lost a significant amount of their 2017 grapes after plunging temperatures caused severe frosts.

Read the article '''Fatal' frosts hits Champagne vineyards' published by decanter.com on 

Friday 21st April 2017

Severe frosts wreak havoc in Champagne

Temperatures plunged to -6 degrees in Champagne this week where severe spring frosts have wiped out entire crops of young buds in some parts of the region.

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Friday 21st April 2017

Veuve Clicquot launches Extra Brut Extra Old

In contrast to Veuve Clicquot’s recent launches of sweeter Champagnes under the Rich label, the famous house has introduced its first ever ‘official’ low-dosage cuvée.

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Tuesday 11th April 2017


Champagne Krug rolls out numbered cuvées

Krug is rolling out its numbered bottles of Krug Grand Cuvée starting with the 163rd Edition, marking the 163rd release of the multi-vintage expression since the foundation of Maison Krug in 1843.

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Monday 10th April 2017

Dom Pérignon launches P2 from 2000 vintage

Dom Pérignon launched its first vintage of 2017 in London today with the unveiling of P2 2000 – the ‘second plénitude’ of the brand’s Champagne from the first harvest of the new millennium.

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Thursday 6th April 2017

Champagne producers try to regain fizz as weak pound dents UK sales

As sales slide thanks to Brexit uncertainty and inflation, the French industry is turning to even more exclusive vintages

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Friday 31st March 2017

Where is all the Champagne going?

As the UK gears up to trigger Article 50 next week, a new report shows the extent of damage inflicted on Champagne sales in Britain by a 'sudden' fall in the pound sterling currency amid the Brexit vote.

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017

High acidity not the reason for Champagne's slow progress in China

Thibaut le Mailloux, communication director of Comité Champagne, has dismissed the idea that high acidity is the culprit behind Champagne’s slow penetration in China and underlined the importance of education to help unlock its market potential.

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Monday 27th March 2017

Dom Pérignon to launch 2009 vintage - ahead of 2008

2017 will mark the first time in Dom Pérignon’s history that the prestige cuvée has chosen to release vintages in reverse order.

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Friday 24th March 2017

Pol Roger launches fresh campaign with new agency

Pol Roger has appointed London-based design and marketing agency St Luke’s Communications to launch a new UK campaign with the tagline “a duty to delight since 1849”.

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Thursday 23rd March 2017

Brexit blamed for tumbling Champagne sales

Champagne sales in the UK have taken a tumble over the last year, with the Brexit vote being blamed for a 14% fall in value sales of the sparkler.

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Tuesday 21st March 2017

Is Champagne deflating itself?

Plunging discounts on Champagne are causing headaches for producers – and damaging the region's reputation.

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Thursday 16th March 2017

Ringing the changes at Ruinart

The Champagne house launches two new cuvées. Margaret Rand checks them out.

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Tuesday 7th March 2017 

Champagne suffers Chardonnay shortage

Having achieved global success for its pure Chardonnay Champagnes, Ruinart’s growth is now held back by a shortage of the “precious” Chardonnay grape.

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Tuesday 7th March 2017

Champagne Lanson launches 'organic' green label

Lanson is to become the largest house to launch an organic Champagne when it officially unveils its Green Label later this year.

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Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Flood of 'English Champagne' very unlikely

A post-Brexit flood of ‘English Champagne’ into the EU is “unlikely in the extreme”, Andrew Hawes, chairman of the UK Champagne Agents’ Association, has stated.

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Monday 20th February 2017

Heidsieck's Cuvée Champagne Charlie 'Will come back'

Under EPI ownership, Charles Heidsieck is planning to resurrect its prestige cuvée called Champagne Charlie, which was axed in 1985 when Rémy Martin bought the brand.

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Wednesday 15th February 2017

What makes a fine Champagne mousse?

Question raised at Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2016: What things generate the fine mousse in a Champagne?

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Saturday 4th February 2017

Save the date circulated for possible return of Annual Champagne Tasting

The Annual Champagne Tasting could be returning to London following the divisive decision made last year not to hold the event in 2017.

Read the article 'Save the date circulated for possible return of Annual Champagne Tasting' published by harpers.co.uk on

Wednesday 1st February 2017

'Record' 2016 for LVMH

French luxury group, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, experienced a 5% increase in revenue over the course of 2016 with profits hitting €7 billion.

Read the article ''Record' 2016 for LVMH' published by thedrinksbusiness.com on

Friday 27th January 2017

LVMH's Chinese Wine Imperialism

The launch of a premium Chinese wine has ruffled more than a few feathers.

Read the article 'LVMH's Chinese Wine Imperialism' published by wine-searcher.com on

Thursday 26th January 2017


Champagne Bollinger looks for new leader

Bollinger is looking to recruit a new person to head up the Champagne house following the promotion of current president, Jérôme Philipon, to the position of COO at Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB).

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Wednesday 25th January 2017

Lanson inks new partnership with The O2

Champagne Lanson, one of the UK’s leading Champagne brands, has agreed a five-year sponsorship deal with London’s O2 venue.

Read the article 'Lanson inks new partnership with The O2' published by harpers.co.uk on

Monday 23rd January 2017

Champagne shipments drop 2% to 306.6m bottles

Champagne shipped a total of 306.6 million bottles in 2016, a decline of 2% on 2015’s result, the drinks business is the first to reveal.

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Wednesday 18th January 2017

Angry French winemakers attack Spanish lorries, block depot

Tension is rising in southern France after winemakers staged a day of action, emptying at least one tanker of Spanish wine and blocking a depot used by the wine subsidiary of Carrefour supermarket.

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Wednesday 18th January 2016

Champagne still not fizzing in China

Champagne sales in China, the world’s fifth largest wine market, are still held back by consumers’ drinking habits, despite global sales of the prestigious sparkling wine contining to grow in both volume and value, a Comité Champagne official based in China told dbHK.

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Tuesday 17th January 2017

Champagne makers blame Brexit for lower 2016 sales

Champagne has seen its global growth trajectory dented after fewer people popped corks in the UK following the country's EU referendum, show preliminary figures.

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Monday 17th January 2017

Best sparkling wines of 2016: Five greats

Decanter experts around the world named the five bottles under £55 that impressed them most this year, of any wine style.

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Wednesday 27th December 2016

Blending a Champagne lifestyle Krug Chief Margareth Henriquez

Krug president and chief executive, Margareth Henriquez, spearheaded the addition of ID numbers to labels, allowing drinkers to scan for the bottle's vintage and date of yeast disgorgement with Krug’s mobile app

Read the article 'Blending a Champagne lifestyle Krug Chief Margareth Henriquez' published by lepanmedia.com on 

Tuesday 15th December 2016

Sussex wine closer to joining Champagne in Europe's elite club

Sussex sparkling wine has climbed the next rung of the ladder to protected name status, but its application for EU-wide name rights may overrun the timeline set out for Brexit by the UK government.

Read the article 'Sussex wine closer to joining Champagne in Europe's elite club' published by decanter.com on

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Rare Bollinger sparkles at NY sale

Several rare lots of Champagne Bollinger, including a bottle of the 1914, were the main feature of Sotheby’s auction in New York at the weekend.​

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Monday 21st November 2016

French harvest among smallest in 30 years

A perfect storm of hail, mildew and spring frosts have ravaged vineyards in France resulting in one of the smallest harvests in the country for the last 30 years.

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Wednesday 9th November 2016

Dom Pérignon teams up with artist Michael Riedel

Contemporary German artist Michael Riedel has created a set of limited edition designs for Dom Pérignon 2006 and Rosé 2004.

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Monday 31st October 2016

Organic boost for Champagne

Organic and biodynamic growers in Champagne have been rewarded for their persistence with both quantity and quality.

Read the article 'Organic boost for Champagne' published by wine-searcher.com on 

Thursday 20th October 2016

Champagne 2016: no rush to celebration... yet

After the vineyards were battered by a series of atrocious weather at the beginning of the year, the state of the harvest in Champagne in 2016 has given producers some cause for hope.

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Thursday 20th October 2016

Gosset Celebris 2004 release: How does it compare to older vintages

Michael Edwards dips a toe into a rare Gosset Celebris vertical to mark the release of the 2004 vintage...

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Wednesday 19th October 2016


Brexit hike for UK wine prices

The early fallout from the UK's decision to go it alone economically is already having repercussions.

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Tuesday 18th October 2016

Champagne to dominate NYC auction

Sotheby’s fine wine sale in New York this November will feature over 1,000 lots of Bollinger, Krug and top Burgundy.

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Monday 17th October 2016

Champagne gets first new House in 44 years

A new Champagne company offers a whole new take on the traditional way of buying wine. 

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Saturday 15th October 2016

Cristal 2009 Champagne taps into spirit of the 60s

Cristal 2009 has a lot in common with vintages of the 1960s and represents an early example of how biodynamics can subtly affect its style, according to the man responsible for making it at Louis Roederer.

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Wednesday 12th October 2016

2002 Comtes highest riser for Champagne

The 2002 vintage of Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne continues to make gains and is the best performing Champagne label so far this year according to Liv-ex.

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Monday 10th October 2016

Wine Club 67 Pall Mall aims to add 1,000 members

London’s private members’ club for wine lovers, 67 Pall Mall, is to expand into a new floor, allowing up to 1,000 more people to join.

Read the article 'Wine Club 67 Pall Mall aims to add 1,000 members' published by thedrinksbusiness.com on 

Tuesday 4th October 2016