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posted September 30, 2019


new  Travelling to Champagne

posted August  25, 2019 ….web site last updated September 2, 2019

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Kaaren Palmer

is a multi-award winning author and educator
on the subject of her passion – Champagne.

Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne
Gourmand International Food and Wine Book Awards,
Winner Best French Wine Book 2016

To read Kaaren Palmer’s full biography
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web site last updated June 27, 2019

Roederer Cristal Discovering Its DNA

Tony Hyland for Forbes June 24, 2019

There are a few wines where only one word tells you everything you need to know. Wines such as Lafite, Mouton, Latour, Montrachet and a few others. Then there is Cristal. This is the world-renowned Louis Roederer Cristal from Champagne Louis Roederer in Reims, but that one word – Cristal – sets this wine apart….read the full article


5 Things to Know About the Champagne Region of France


Major Hub: A Taste of City Life in Reims
Champagne is the name of the region at large; it includes many villages, small towns and agricultural areas, with some larger cities, like Chateau Thierry and Epernay, offering a little hustle and bustle. If you’re looking for more than a champagne buzz at night, you’ll want to set up shop in Champagne’s biggest city, Reims, a full-service yet still-quaint city with dozens of hotel options, including international brands (which will sit well with loyalty members). read the full article

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Pierre Péters champagne with Rodolphe Péters

Dr Vino wine talk that goes down easy

One winery I wanted to be sure to visit when I was in Champagne last month was Pierre Péters. I have always tremendously enjoyed the racy wines in the US and Rodolphe Péters not only commands a lot of respect in the wine world for his Champagnes but I had heard he had a new (sparkling) wine project in California I wanted to learn more about. Despite wanting to find it, I drove right by the winery in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger–there’s no sign and it looked like a construction site.

Rodolphe Péters, who has made the wine since taking over from his father in 2007, met me and apologized for the mess. He said the project was taking longer than expected (which renovation hasn’t?). Rodolphe is a sixth generation farmer and a fourth generation winemaker. ….read the full article

Penfolds’ Champagne

Dr Vino wine talk that goes down easy
The Australian icon Penfolds launches its champagne developed by the champagne house Thienot. A world first! . ….read the full article There’s a lot about this in the media, English and French. I was lucky enough to be invited to a tasting with Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago [pictured right] before the press release….KP

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Until 30th September, look for Perrier-Jouët’s rather swish ‘pop-up bar’ at 26 Avenue de Champagne in Épernay. Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm

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‘It’s critical’ – Ruinart’s cellarmaster on the element everyone in Champagne is talking about

RICHARD WOODARD 02 APRIL 2019 for imbibe Can you name the three key elements in champagne production? Fruit, sure. Yeast, sure. But the third? Not so easy. But Ruinart’s cellarmaster, Frederic Panaïotis, has the answer. ‘Oxygen control is critical in Champagne,’ he says. ‘People are working on it more and more. It’s very important I think.’ Speaking to an audience of sommeliers at this year’s Ruinart Sommelier Challenge in London, Panaïotis claimed that oxygen was the ‘often overlooked’ aspect of quality Champagne production…..read the full article

It’s official: Nicolas Feuillatte bought champagne Henri Abelé

La Champagne de Sophie Claeys
As I wrote on May 10, read here., Nicolas Feuillatte has bought the champagne house Henri Abelé “The smile of Reims”. According to the press release: “Freixenet has finalized and concluded the sale agreement of the Rémy Champagne house Henri Abelé to the Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Both parties do not wish to disclose the financial details of the transaction. This is an official affair! read the full article

Champagne Duval-Leroy and its bespoke restaurant cuvées

Victor Smart June 14, 2019 for The Buyer
Having your own bespoke cuvée of champagne elevates your ‘House’ fizz to something altogether more special. Louis Latour Agencies has been offering this service to the premium on-trade as witnessed when it launched Marcus Wareing’s own cuvée of Gosset last October to much fanfare. Champagne Duval-Leroy read the full article

Vine & Bubble

Before you read on, please take a glimpse of Australia’s own dedicated Champagne Magazine, Vine & Bubble. Download the first issue free; beg, borrow or buy the brand new second edition in hard copy or online here


28th May, 2019 by Patrick Schmitt for the Drinks Business

Champagne Drappier has always been a bit different from the competition, but its unique approach is paying dividends, even in declining markets for the French fizz…read the full article

Laurent-Perrier: champagne sales up 3.7%, operating result up 6.2% in 2018-2019

Tours-sur-Marne, May 29, 2019
Globe News Wire
Laurent-Perrier Financial Press Release
Laurent-Perrier: champagne sales up 3.7%,operating result up 6.2% in 2018-2019.

The accounts for the financial year ended March 31, 2019 were signed off at the meeting of the Supervisory Board meeting held on May 28, 2019, chaired by Mr Maurice de Kervénoaël….read the full article

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Tasting reserve wines at Roederer, Jean-Baptiste Lècaillon, chef de cave Champagne Louis RoedererImage © copyright Kaaren Palmer Champagne 2019

Roederer’s Lécaillon
on ‘Fighting for Freshness’ in Champagne

By Anne Krebiehl MW June 5, 2019 for The Wine Buyer The fight for freshness is a key challenge for winemakers in Champagne with different houses using different techniques to cope with increased ripeness and higher alcohol levels. In a fascinating master class, that kicked off the fourth New Wave Champagne event in London, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, chef de cave of Champagne Louis Roederer, put this challenge into an historical context, talking at length about how freshness can be achieved in the face of what he called a “climate crisis”….read the full article

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Local Tastings

South Australia [home city]

Edinburgh Cellars Champagne Club tasting with Caroline Desaulle from Laurent Perrier
July 18, 6pm. Book on The Ed’s link just above.

Caroline Desaulle, is the new Brand Ambassador for Champagne Laurent-Perrier, recently relocated from Tours-sur-Marne to Sydney in November 2018.

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The World’s Most Wanted Champagnes

By Don Kavanagh | Posted Monday, 27-May-2019 Wine Searcher

The workhorse cuvées are giving way to their showier, more-expensive siblings in Champagne.

These are worrying times for the king of sparkling wines, but the star performers somehow manage to sail through the choppy waters of international trade without any apparent feather-ruffling…read the full article