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

Champagne shipments boosted by demand beyond EU – figures

Champagne shipments have remained steady in 2017, with higher demand beyond the EU making up for fewer bottles being drunk domestically, show new figures.

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Wednesday 21st February 2018


UK to be overtaken by the US as the world’s bigger importer of sparkling

The UK’s status as the biggest importer of sparkling wines will be challenged over the next three years, with the US due to take the top spot by 2021.

Read the article 'UK to be overtaken by the US as the world’s bigger importer of sparkling' published by harpers.co.uk on

Friday 19th January 2018


Chamapgne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 2004

The presentation was led by Stephen Leroux and included a taste through the house’s most well known labels to include the Rosé Réserve NV, Brut Réserve NV, Brut Millésime 2006 and Rosé Millésime 2006.

Read the article 'Chamapgne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 2004' published by glassofbubbly.com on

Wednesday 17th January 2018


Shake-up for champagne

‘Labels have a wealth of information, practically citing the colour of the maker’s socks’

Read the article 'Shake-up for champagne' published by ft.com for Jancis Robinson on 

Friday 15th September 2017


Winners revealed at Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2017

See this year's winners of the annual Roederer Awards, announced at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last night (12 September), including another accolade for Andrew Jefford.

Read the article 'Winners revealed at Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2017' published by decanter.com on

Wednesday 13th September 2017


Vintage Champagne: a dying breed?

As Champagne houses concentrate on prestige cuvées, what is the future for the vintage stuff?

Read the article 'Vintage Champagne: a dying breed?' published by wine-searcher.com on

Monday 4th September 2017


The world's most expensive Champagnes

The usual suspects are all on the list, but the top wine isn't what you think.

Read the article 'https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/08/the-world-s-most-expensive-champagnes' published by wine-searcher.com on

Saturday 5th August 2017


Frost costs French winemakers dear

April's cold snap in Europe has brought more woes for France's prestigious wine industry.

Read the article 'Frost costs French winemakers dear' published by wine-searcher.com on

Monday 24th July 2017


UK Ambassadors should 'serve British' says Foreign Chief Officer

UK embassies around the world should be serving English and Welsh wines, as well as other British food and drink, a senior Foreign Official has said at the annual gathering of the ambassadors and senior diplomats.
 

Read the article 'UK Ambassadors should 'serve British' says Foreign Chief Officer' published by decanter.com on

Tuesday 18th July 2017


Salon 2006 marks the Champagne House's 40th vintage

Michael Edwards tasted Salon's latest release in London recently, praising it for its early charm...

Read the article 'Salon 2006 marks the Champagne House's 40th vintage' published by decanter.com on

Tuesday 18th July 2017


English winery revenues are rising fast, shows new data

Fresh analysis suggests many English wineries are seeing record turnover from increased consumer demand, as the industry tries to get a better picture of its finances. 

Read the article 'English winery revenues are rising fast, shows new data' published by decanter.com on

Tuesday 11th July 2017


UK's Champagne Love Affair Cooling?

Are British drinkers doing the unthinkable, and turning their backs on Champagne?

Read the article 'UK's Champagne Love Affair Cooling?' published by wine-searcher.com on

Monday 10th July 2017


Philipponnat Champagne: For those in-the-know

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

Read the article "Philipponnat Champagne: For those in-the-know" published by decanter.com on 

Wednesday 21st June 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.

Read the article 'French champagne Taittinger plants first vines in English soil' published by theguardian on

Sunday 7th 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.

Read the article 'A touch of frost bites in to Champagne' published by glassofbubbly.com on 

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


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

Read the article 'Champagne producers try to regain fizz as weak pound dents UK sales' published by theguardian.com on

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.

Read the article 'Where is all the Champagne going?' published by decanter.com on

Wednesday 22nd March 2017


Is Champagne deflating itself?

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

Read the article 'Is Champagne deflating itself?' published by wine-searcher.com on

Thursday 16th March 2017


Ringing the changes at Ruinart

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

Read the article 'Ringing the changes at Ruinart' published by wine-searcher.com on

Tuesday 7th March 2017 


What makes a fine Champagne mousse?

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

Read the article 'What makes a fine Champagne mousse?' published by decanter.com on

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


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

 


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 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.

Read the article 'Champagne makers blame Brexit for lower 2016 sales' published by decanter.com on

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.

Read the article 'Best sparkling wines of 2016: Five greats' published by decanter.com on

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


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


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...

Read the article 'Gosset Celebris 2004 release: How does it compare to older vintages' published by decanter.com on

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.

Read the article 'Brexit hike for UK wine prices' published by wine-searcher.com on

Tuesday 18th 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. 

Read the article 'Champagne gets first new House in 44 years' published by wine-searcher.com on

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.

Read the article 'Cristal 2009 Champagne taps into spirit of the 60s' published by decanter.com on

Wednesday 12th October 2016


The 2016 Harvest

Richard Geoffrey "I have mentioned years of extremes in the past: 2016 might be a year of extremes to the point of excess, with such a stark contrast between the seasons."

Read the article 'The 2016 Harvest' published by creatingdomperignon.com on

October 2016


Liv-ex trades Chinese wine for the first time

Liv-ex saw its first ever trade for Chinese wine on Wednesday, when a 6×75 case of Ao Yun 2013 traded. It then saw a further flurry of activity on the market, with trades ranging between £1,410 and £1,600 per 6×75.

Read the article 'Liv-ex trades Chinese wine for the first time' published by blog.liv-ex.com on

Thursday 29th September 2016

 


Champagne auction: Sotheby’s to sell ‘a century of Bollinger’

Sotheby’s is to hold a rare auction of historic Bollinger Champagne, direct from the house cellars, in New York this November and including a recently-discovered bottle of the 1914 vintage.

Read the article 'Champagne auction: Sotheby’s to sell ‘a century of Bollinger’ published by decanter.com on

Thursday 29th October 2016


Unprecedented weather has had “major impact” on Champagne economy

Frost, mildew and scalding weather in 2016 has had a “major impact” on Champagne, accounting for as much as 80% crop losses in one area before the harvest even began.

Read the article 'Unprecedented weather has had “major impact' on Champagne economy' published by harpers.co.uk on

Wednesday 28th September 2016


English sparkling wine had its best summer yet, says Vivino

English sparkling wine hit an all time high in the UK this summer, according to wine app, Vivino.

Read the article 'English sparkling wine had its best summer yet, says Vivino' published by harpers.co.uk on

Thursday 22nd September 2016


Champagne corks - ask Decanter

Why do Champagne bottles have mushroom-shaped corks?

Read the article 'Champagne corks - ask Decanter' published by decanter.com on

Saturday 10th September 2016


Roederer releases latest Phillipe Stark Champagne

Louis Roederer has made good on its plan to release a Brut Nature Champagne from the 2009 vintage in its latest collaboration with artist Philippe Starck. 

Read the article "Roederer releases latest Phillipe Stark Champagne" published by decanter.com on

Friday 9th September 2016


Champagne sparkles for UK investors

Speculation in Champagne could provide a post-Brexit tonic for the UK wine industry, James Lawrence discovers.

Read the article 'Champagne sparkles for UK investors' published by wine-searcher.com on 

Wednesday 7th September 2016


2016 Champagne harvest to fall markedly - forecast

This year's Champagne harvest will be one of the smallest in the past 20 years, although quality is set to be high, the Syndicat Général des Vignerons de Champagne (SGVC) has forecast. 

Read the article '2016 Champagne harvest to fall markedly - forecast' published by just-drinks.com on

Wednesday 8th September 2016


10 years apart: 1996 Champagne and 2006 Champagne

The ability of Champagne to age effortlessly is a subject of unending fascination. Expert Michael Edwards recently attended a tasting organised by BI Wines in Hatton Garden, where he was able to get to grips with some 1996 Champagne.

Read the article '10 years apart: 1996 Champagne and 2006 Champagne' published by decanter.com on 

Thursday 25th August 2016 


Don't panic about a Champagne shortage, says union chief

Wine drinkers will see Champagne prices rise over the next few years, but there's no need to panic about a shortage following this year's frost-hit harvest, say producers.

Read the article 'Don't panic about a Champagne shortage, says union chief' published by decanter.com on

Tuesday 23rd August 2016


Champagne shortage looms after frost, rot and mildew

Bad weather, rot and mildew in Champagne all mean that 2016 has been one of the lowest yielding Champagne seasons since the 1980s.

Read the article 'Champagne shortage looms after frost, rot and mildew' published by decanter.com on 

Tuesday 9th August 2016


How is the price of Champagne decided?

How exactly is the price of a bottle of Champagne worked out and why is it often more expensive than other types of sparkling wine?

Read the article 'How is the price of Champagne decided?' published by glassofbubbly.com on

Friday 5th August 2016


First English wine appears on Liv-ex

English sparkling wine has been given a boost by appearing on fine wine trading platform Liv-ex for the first time.

Read the article 'First English wine appears on Liv-expublished by harpers.co.uk on 

Wednesday 3rd August 2016


Jay Z dumps the bling, emphasizes the wine

After cornering the market in celebrity-driven Champagne, Ace of Spades is now trying to win over consumers with quality.

Read the article 'Jay Z dumps the bling, emphasizes the wine' published by wine-searcher.com on

Tuesday 2nd August 2016


Cristal 2009 released: worth the wait?

Cristal 2009 has recently been offered by merchants at £549 per 6×75 (£1,098 per 12×75). The wine is currently available pre-release. 

Read the article 'Cristal 2009 released: worth the wait?' published by livex.com on 

Wednesday 27th July 2016