It’s French and
it’s from Champagne!
Champagne is different to all other sparkling wines!
passionate advocate of the sublime drink that is good Champagne I invite you to read on. If you care for joy, exhilaration, and delight; if you care for a drink to match any mood, or to draw you away from your darker self, you will find that Champagne is the only drink.
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Wednesday October 30, 2013
south australian event
Apothecary 1878 Annual Sparkling and Champagne Tasting
Monday November 25th
6.00 pm until 7.30 pm
$58 pp including canapés…please
click here for full details
Tuesday October 29, 2013
south australian event
Monday 11 November, 2013
Join renowned Champagne expert and author, Tyson Stelzer for a Champagne dinner to celebrate the launch of his latest
edition The Champagne Guide 2013 – 2014. $150 pp food and Champagne, start time 7.00 pm…location Georges on Waymouth Street, Adelaide. Please click here to download the details, menu and Champagne matches…reservations essential.
Kaaren Palmer, Champagne Editor Galaxy Guides
Wednesday 30 November, 2013
Apothecary 1878 Annual Champagne
Tuesday 29 November, 2013
Grower Champagnes are becoming bigger business in Australia, as Le Figaro of December 5th 2012, points out. Perhaps it is our immigrant acceptance of difference, novelty and change, which seems to be inherent in people who are settled anywhere for less than 200 years. So it is with great interest that we note who of the Next Generation are at the cutting edge of delicious champagne. Sadly, not all are available in Australia, but, if you are travelling, seek them out for and be justly rewarded.
Young talents of Champagne
finalists in their categories
Marie and Benoit Doyard
image published with kind permission
- Marie and Benoit Doyard, Champagne André Jacquart
Marie and her brother are fifth generation winemakers; André Jacquart was their grandfather’s name. In 2004, Marie and her brother were very lucky to consolidate some inherited vineyards. The Doyards, another branch of the family, are separately well known as vignerons, but their common ancestor is Maurice, the growers' representative and fellow founder (in 1941, when Champagne was occupied by the Germans) of the governing body in Champagne, the Comité Interprofessional du Vin de Champagne (the C.I.V.C).
In the 1950s, their terroir at Vertus (Premier Cru) was planted extensively to Pinot Noir, which was then often made as a still wine. Today, they have ’responded to what the soil has told them’, and they grow more Chardonnay. In addition, they have plots in Grand Cru Le Mesnil on the Côte des Blancs. Many small plots, and many strips of vines – with varying exposures to the southern sun, varying top soils and underlying depth of chalk – provide the complexity required. 2004 was their first ownership of the crop, so everything they produced was put into reserve wines. Today, primary vilification occurs in small oak barrels which have been used for 2 – 4 years in Burgundy; and their vines are 37 – 42 years old. Their hard work now begins to repay them.
Champagne André Jacquart, is readily available in Australia through Tim Stock at Vinous Solutions
email@example.com +61 2 9572 7285 —
Tim can tell you the name of the retailer closest to you, or try Australia’s best source for a wonderful variety of champagnes – www.champagnegallery.com.au or Philip Rich at Melbourne's Prince Wine Store.
- Pierre Gonet, Champagne Philippe Gonet
Le Mesnil Chardonnay, pristine, saline, piercingly pure. Keep this champagne in your cellar for a year or two, and know that the joy of anticipation will be trumped by bliss on tasting. When blended with their vineyards in Oger, there’s a soft delicacy married with the freshness. Where to find? Ask National Liquor Wholesalers, tel +61 2 9787 5733, who is their local stockist, and demand it. Also contactable
- Alice Voirin, Champagne Voirin–Jumel
Alice, assisted by her brother Patrick in the vineyards and at the blending bench, brings a delicacy and sensitivity to the beautiful Chardonnay which they grow in the Grand Crus of Cramant, Avize, Oger and Chouilly. Aromatic as only Cramant can be, in the best years bringing flowers of frangipani via the mousse flowering in the glass, yet balanced acidity giving length and harmony. Ross Duke, Bev, and Vic Pugatschew at
French Wine Imports identified the marque long before today.
Also available at
Champagne Gallery from the astute and knowledgeable David Donald.
Jérôme Coessens (from the Aube) has been a winner in the Pinot stakes, and demand for his wines means that they are not available readily in Australia, although they have been enjoyed at the wonderful champagne dinners orchestrated by Ann Oliver, culinary and web–mistress, not to mention Adelaide’s long–running Springfield Champagne Club.
This year, the coincidentally beautiful of face and palate, biodynamically inclined Frédérique Poret, of Champagne Dumenil has crafted a sumptuous rosé from old vines and 45 different small plots in Chigny–les–Roses, Rilly–la–Montagne and Ludes – her wines show a richness and balance deserving of distribution, not to mention matching cuisine, without spoiling the long lees time and post–disgorgement ageing which they currently enjoy.
- Alexandre Le Brun, Champagne Le Brun, a young gun just south of Epernay; many small plots across 3 hectares in 8 villages ensure a degree of complexity for his champagnes.
- Nicolas Salomon, Champagne Denis Salomon is located at Vandières on the right bank of the River Marne.
- Richard et Romain Colin, Champagne Colin (based at Vertus, Côte des Blancs, with vineyards at Bergères–les–Vertus, Cuis, Cramant, Oiry, Sèzanne, Venteuil, and Dormans planted 80% to Chardonnay, 10% to Pinot Noir and 10% to Pinot Meunier. Distributed across the English speaking world, but not yet in Australia.
- Nathalie Falmet, Champagne Falmet (Rouvres–les–Vignes, in the Aube. Availability: See
image published with kind permission
- Alexandre Salmon, Champagne Salmon (Chaumuzy, Ardre Valley, Montagne de Reims)
The Art of Champagne – the Blend
- Lucie and Sébastien Cheurlin, Champagne L & S Cheurlin (Celles–sur–Ource)
Children of Richard Cheurlin, award winning producer in the Aube, their vineyards have been producing since Roman times, and their family history as winegrowers goes back hundreds of years.
- Véronique et Richard Petit, Champagne Petit et Bajan (Avize)
- The Public’s Choice Winner of the Young Talents of Champagne Competition
Fabien Grumier, Champagne Maurice Grumier, (Venteuil) for his blend.
- Judges’ Winners
Chardonnay: Alice Voirin
Pinot Noir: Nicolas Salomon
Rosé: Nathalie Falmet
Blend: Lucie Cheurlin
October 25, 2013
Our most recent Champagne dinner and a little more about food and Champagne matching…plus where to drink Champagne.
- well drink it of course...to learn more please click on the image
- edited by Kaaren Palmer
Three Distinct Areas of Champagne Compared to More Complex Blends
- Puff pastry, truffled duxelle
- Spring pea velouté with pancetta
- Fresh and smoked Streaky Bay oysters, crumbed and fried cured scallop mantle, smoked oyster jelly
- Salad of bitter and sweet greens, Mozzarella
- Tenderloin of veal, veal jus, oyster mushroom, swede
- Double-cooked Gorgonzola piccante
and walnut soufflé, kumquat pearls
- Coessens Bland de Noirs
- Pistachio blancmange
strawberries ginger and citron ice cream
- to follow Kaaren's guide..click on the image
- click on the image for Kaaren Palmer's list
- click on the image and please scroll down
- even the French recommend Richard Juhlin...click on the image
- myth or magic we're looking for the stopper that really works...!!!!
- is rating well and we're trying to source retail stockists
- please click on the image for a wonderully eclectic list!
- Chicken liver custard, bone marrow, sea urchin emulsion, cured scallop mantle
- to see the entire menu click on the image
September 17, 2013
My favourite awards, the Decanter World Wine Awards, are out again. For all the details, please purchase the magazine, or refer to their website by
The Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Award, for the seventh consecutive year, went to Régis Camus, until recently in charge of all things Charles Heidsieck, and now improving the fortunes of Piper–Heidsieck.
International Trophy – Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires 1995
NV Champagne Trophy – Louis Roederer Brut Premier
NV Rosé Trophy – Paul Cochet Brut Rosé
Vintage Champagne Trophy – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004
Vintage Rosé Ttophy – Charles Heidsieck Rosé 1999
De Castelnau Blanc de Blancs Millésime Brut 2002
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV
Charles Heidsieck Vintage Brut 2000
Jaacquart Rosé NV
Lanson Noble Cuvée Brut 2000
Les Pionniers Vintage Brut 2000
Moët & Chandon Rosé 2004
Palmer & Cie Blanc de Blancs 2007
Palmer & Co Brut Millésimé 2004
Palmer & Co Brut Réserve NV
Piper–Heidsieck Brut Cuvée Rare
Piper–Heidsieck Cuvée Sublime Demi–Sec NV
Pol Roger Pure Brut Nature NV
Pommery Brut Ropyale NV
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2005
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002
Amazone de Palmer Brut NV
André Roger Vieilles Vignes Brut NV
Canard–Duchêne Cuvée Charles V!! Blanc de Noirs Brut NV
Canard–Duchêne Cuvée Léonie Brut NV
De Castelnau Millésime Brut 2002
Charles Chevalier Brut D'Honneur NV
Charles Collin Cuvée Charles Brut NV
Charles de Cazanove Tête de Cuvée Brut NV
Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV
Charles Mignon Cuvée Comte de Marne NV
Charles Orban Carte Noire Brut NV
Collet Brut Millésime 2004
Collet Grand Art NV
Cuperly Brut Prestige NV
Cuperly Grande Reserve NV
Déhu Grande Reserve NV
Devaux D de Devaux La Cuvée NV
Devaux D de Devaux Rosé
Dom Caudron Camille Philippe NV
Duval–Leroy Blanc de Blancs Brut 2004
Duval–Leroy Rosé Prestige NV
E. Rapenau Brut Rosé NV
Esterlin Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
Fleury Extra Brut 2000
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV
G.H. Mumm Brut Le Millesimé 2006
G.H. Martel & Cie Cuvée Victoria Rosé Brut NV
H. Blin Reserve Brut NV
H. Blin Rosé NV
Heidsieck Heritage Brut NV
Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Rosé Top NV
Henriot Rosé NV
Jacquart Brut Tradition NV
Jean Comyn Harmonie Brut NV
Jean Dumangin Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV
Jean – Noel Haton Brut Extra NV
Lallier Brut Millésime 2005
Lanson Extra Age Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
Lanson Extra Age Brut NV
Le Brun de Neuville Cuvée Chardonnay Brut NV
Louis Chaurey M&S Brut NV
Louis Dousset Original Brut NV
Madame de Maintenon Brut Rosé NV
Malard Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
Marc Initiale Noir et Blanc Brut NV
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1993
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial NV
Napoleon Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
Oudinot M&S Cuvée Brut NV
Palmer & Co Extra Brut NV
Paul Goerg Brut 2002
Paul Goerg Cuvée Lady Brut 2002
Paul Laurent Pierre Darcys Brut Blanc de Noirs NV
Philippe Gonet Belemnita 2004
Pierre Darcys Brut NV
Pierre Paillard Brut Rosé NV
Pommery Apanage Prestige Brut NV
Pommery Cuvée Louise Brut 1999
Taittinger Folies de la Marquetterie NV
Taittinger Folies de la Marquetterie Brut 2006
Taittinger Prélude Brut NV
Thiénot Brut NV
Thiénot Brut Rosé NV
Thiénot Cuvée Alain Thienot Brut 2002
Trepo Leriguier Cuvée Solennelle Brut NV
Trepo Leriguier Songe d'une Nuit de Vendanges NV
Veuve Clicquot Rosé 2004
Veuve Monsigny No 3 Brut NV
Victoire Brut Prestige NV
The British supermarket chains also did well with their Buyers'’ Own Brands
In the bronze class, there were almost one hundred champagnes listed. Those who received a particularly good showing with more than a couple of champagnes included Alexandre Bonnet, the supermarket chains Asda and Marks and Spencer, Bauchet, the co–ops Beaumont des Crayères, H. Blin, Le Brun de Neuville and Chassenay d’Arce, Besserat des Bellefon Cuvée des Moines, the Boizel range, Charles de Cazanove, Collard–Picard, Dom Caudron, Duval–Leroy, Fleury, G.H.Martel, Heidsieck & Co. Monopole, Henriot, Jacques Copinet, Jean–Noël Haton, Paul Cochet, Prestige des Sacres, and Taittinger.
A very late Spring in Champagne was not looking good, plus there was some bad hail damage to pockets of vines, but July and August have been warm and sunny. In fact, the weather has been warming for the last twenty years, bringing harvest dates an average of two weeks earlier and increasing the alcohol in the grapes by .8% (statistics courtesy of the C.I.V.C). The strength of the harvest will enable reserves to be quarantined for future use in years that may not be so favourable.
Tim Hall of Scala Wines, U.K., is my favourite contestant for the 2013 European Ambassadors’ Award. His web–site
www.scalawine.com contains plenty of well–written and interesting material on our favourite topic, the fine wines of Champagne.
Those of us who drink a lot of Champagne sometimes try to pick the dominant grape in a blend. We’re sometimes right – it’s a one out of three chance, after all. But we’re sometimes wrong! How does a Pinot Noir from Mailly, Champagne, taste so like a Chardonnay? The answer, says esteemed winemaker and frequent drinker of the best Champagnes, Pamela Dunsford, is because .“you’re dealing (with) Pinot Noir neutralised by making (it) as a Blanc de Noir (white wine made from black grapes) and low ripeness fruit, so that the variety definitions are quite subtle, and Pinot Meunier is low aromaticity. That’s why reserves, wine –making style and villages etc. are so significant.“ And so says Oxford academic, Charles Spence, who reported on a study carried out by the University of London’s Centre for the Study of the Senses. Amateurs and experts alike were both at a loss to pick the percent of Chardonnay. To read more fully on the topic reported, and some of the Champagnes reviewed, that useful site for finding the best value Champagne, please
click here for more details.
But keep trying! You will have a lot of fun trying to improve. Also see this article for more information about how to improve you tasing memory bank…please
Europeans, particularly the French, are not drinking as much Champagne in these post–GFC and their zero growth GDP times. The CIVC, the body which regulates Champagne production, have reduced the amount allowed to be harvested this year, down by 5%. Bollinger will also be hit, although their sales are up please
CLICK HERE to read more.
Selling less in France has not deterred the birth of a new brand,
Brimoncourt (be patient as the site is remarkably slow to load), born of a number of idle moments of wealthy entrepreneurs Alexandre Cornot and Arnaud Dupuis–Testenoire, who have set up shop, so to speak, in historic Aÿ, Grand Cru village of the Marne Valley. This is their “sophisticated response to convenience and boredom“. The rosé and blanc de blancs are due for release in September.
A new favourite, Alpha, the latest cuvée de prestige from Jacquart, the co–operative of the co–ops, which can select from 7% of the entire vineyard area in La Champagne…can’t wait for it to reach Australia!
Watch out for rising star, Mlle. Floriane Eznack. This young woman of surpassing talent will make her mark.
Finally, it’s public, although we heard a year ago. Laurent d’Harcourt, who loves visiting Australia so much that he brought his whole family on holiday here, is the new CEO now that Patrice Noyelle has retired. He is part of the enrichment from outside the family, extremely genial, as bi–lingual as Jacquart’s new winemaker Floriane Eznack, generous with information, and a formidable brand ambassador with a product which remains as popular as ever in Australia. All the Pol cuvées are outstanding value, are generally released later than the other Grandes Marques, and respond beautifully to further cellaring.
Moët & Chandon, whose latest released NV is currently drinking more beautifully than it has ever done, have released a clip from their winemaker, Benoît Gouez, about the release of their 2004 rosé. For an insight into blending, it’s fascinating listening for any Champagne student. Try not to be distracted by Benoît’s new look, as if he’s ready to slip back to an earlier century…
Mathieu Kauffmann has resigned as chef de cave at Bollinger, reports La Revue du Vin de France, after a disagreement with his replacement, Gilles Descôtes…
click here to read more.
BTW, drink Bolly on the terrace at the Paris Shangri–La Hotel while gazing at La Tour Eiffel. It’s a hot, hot summer over there, with the Weather Channel predicting 40 degrees C on Saturday, not quite the beginning of the “summer holidays“, which occur in August. Merde!
A couple of good food–match–with–Champagnearticles have found their way into print for those who need yet further confirmation that Champagne is a wonderful food wine.
To read more on the subject use the following links www.washingtonpost.com and
www.latimes.com, where Richard Geoffroy suggests food matches for Dom. We have been referring, with good success, to a wonderful new book, Champagne et Gastronomie, at this stage only available in French, by wine educator Franck Wolfert and Richard Marchal, the scientist working at the University of Reims, who discovered that botrytis rot in grapes causes a lack of fizz.
June 13, 2013 at
the drinks business Gabriel Savage introduces Bollinger’s new chef de cave Gilles Descôtes …to read the full article please
June 12, 2013 at
www.decanter.com Georgina Hindle opens the champagne and food matching debate with an excellent video Veuve Clicquot Champagne and food pairing with Dominique Demarville…to read the full article and watch the video please
June 7, 2013
just to tease you read Chapter 3 of Kaaren Palmer’s book
A Year of Champagne…a journey with friends
May 31, 2013
some of Britain’s best!
Hot dogs and Champagne at Bubbledogs…“a Champagne bar that doesn’t serve caviar!”…please click here a lot of fun!
A simply fantastic list at Texture…please click here to read more
the disgorgement debate continues…
Disgorgment dates the Drinks Business takes it on…please click here to read the drinks business Patrick Schmitt’s excelent article and make sure you read to the end, which ends with a mention about some of the trading of still wines which goes on in Champagne. Know as ’sur latte’, in reference to the slats on which bottles champagne rests during its secondary fermentation, it is a murky business indeed…!
May 17, 2013
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer reviews dinner by Heston Blumenthal…please click here to read her review.
May 13, 2013
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer is currently travelling in Europe…at this very minute on the Orient Express. Amongst tastings in Champagne, dining out in France and especially important visits to Noma and The Fat Duck it will be a very busy time
so new content will be occasional for the next two months.
May 6 2013
Victoria Wizard writing for
TelegraphWine reports that “Three glasses of Champagne a day could improve your memory. A regular glass of champagne could improve your memory, according to scientists.”…please
click here to read the full article.
Geoffrey Dean writing for
Harpers Wine and Spirit Trade Review reports on the eitement around the 2012 vintage. “Although it is still too early for a clear consensus to emerge among the Champenois, a good number are getting so excited after the recent assemblage of the 2012 vintage that it is even being compared to those of 1959, 1969 and 1990.” To read the full article please
recently added The Bentley Bar to Sydney’s where to drink Champagne…please click here to read more.
Also…we both agree Press Food + Wine Adelaide has a very nice Champagne list… click here to read more. We also like the fact that there aren’t a lot of rules e.g., food all day, plenty of wines by the glass, small serves that encourage sharing and grazing, good bread (although one needs at least twice as much butter) at least it doesn’t taste of the fridge. Sweetbreads, despite a tad too much star anise, were utterly divine and I can’t wait to eat them again! But, guys…how long would it take to shell a few peas!!! AO per favour Kaaren Palmer!
Small nit picking about the peas, but we love Press’ chef and co–owner Andrew Davies’ offal dishes.
March 23, 2013
Jacob Jaffney writing for the Wine Spectator finds that researchers believe Champagne boosts brain power… CLICK HERE to read his full article.
Malika Dalamal writing for Zagat's blog writes about a very cool new Chamagne bar at Selfridges#8230;just what one needs to keep up the stamina for shopping… CLICK HERE to read the full article it looks very swish.
The Corner Restaurant at Selfridges…image © copyright Zagat
March 15, 2013
Vale Henri Krug, where to drink Champagne and much more Champagne news…please scroll down for more recent Champagne news!
March 3, 2013
Just in time for the Adelaide Festival Kaaren’s revised Adeaide by the Glass…please click here to get the list.
February 9, 2013
Kaaren Palmer reviews
Providence Los Angeles
5955 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
telephone +1 323–460–4170
February 3, 2013
Providence, 2 star Michelin
Wonderful champagne list of expensive goodies, plus some interesting fave grower champagne, Pehu–Simonet’s Blanc de Blanc and Rosé, Selosse, Jacquesson Dizy and Dégorgement Tardif, Grande Année 2002, Clos des Goisses 2001 (bad year, but the best possible vineyard probably means it’s really good), plus another page full. We BYO’d ($30 corkage) Laurent–Perrier Grand Siècle, which slipped down like molten silk.
There’s not much sense of occasion in this restaurant, despite wall–to–wall staff. Only one ladies loo for all the diners – would not be legal for that number in Oz. But we were pleased to have been able to wangle a booking at short notice via Teresa’s management.
Our meal started with one of those jellied spheres on a too cold spoon. A strange sweet mango–ish beginning, followed by not light enough choux which had its strong rather pasty cheesy interior injected into it some time before. Next to it was a creamy emulsion in a small glass. Into this was poured some tepid sweet potato soup. Mix together with a plastic straw and suck. Hmmm, I’m thinking, but everybody else is raving about it. And I don’t like the taste of warmed plastic.
We ordered àla carte prix fixe US $85 pp as not all of us wanted the tasting menu. I said that the chef could just feed me.
On the table was some smoked trout spread flecked with salmon roe and chopped herbs, with a very thin rectangular seedy biscuit. Delectable combination, great textures.
Good breads, a choice of three, a foccacia–like ’seaweed’ bread, white rolls and bacon rolls. Good butter, salt on the side.
Perfect oysters, freshly shucked, delicious. Two small, four big, superfluous dressing. US $21 per serve. Kevin’s Maine lobster was far too salty, and the accompanying hearts of palm, avocado and nori salad prettily plated. US $10 supplement. The Alaskan King crab the other side of the table attracted US $32 supplement.
I was served dainty and very tasty small scallops, simply cooked, circling the plate with an attractive garnish of pea sprouts, pistachio, yellow petals, Japanese turnip braised and in puree – loved it!
For four of us, there were generous serves of beautifully prepared fish (Kevin ordered duck in the vain hope that it would be as good as that at home). We passed around tastes. No food miles saved here! The cod had been flown in from Norway, the sea bass from Rhode Island. My serving was a large amount of gorgeously textured monkfish (US $10 supplement) of delicate flavour, with small, but rather firm potatoes and a flimsy dusting of fresh black truffle, presented theatrically under a silver cover. The truffle lacked aroma.
To me, the desserts looked pretty ordinary, but three disappeared without trace. Kevin and I treated ourselves to the cheese trolley US $10 supplement. The American artisan cheeses were a revelation, some of them unpasteurized. Superb textures and flavours and all cheeses in perfect eating order.
VERDICT: Worth a return trip. Fair value. KP
January 28, 2013
Letter from Los Angeles
Have found some excellent champagnes at a specialist called ’du Vin’. Enjoyed 1998 René Lalou, thrilling and seductive nose, palate to match, steeped in honeyed elegance, evolving to a palace of delights, but it was so dark at Gordon Ramsay’s at the London, that we needed a torch to read the menu. The champagne was great though and only $30 corkage.
Gordon Ramsay’s influence might still be in the kitchen but they are cutting down their wine list and dumbing the whole thing down, from staff training through to what’s on offer…to visit their web site please CLICK HERE
We have lobbed into LA during a restaurant promo week so bad luck and good luck. But lunch at Ramsay’s with $25 for 3 courses for lunch, $45 for dinner was a bit of a steal and allowed us to indulge further in our wine selections (as if we needed encouragement!). Lunch example chicken dumplings, pork belly with lobster, coconut panna cotta with mango sorbet. All very good but
noisy and crowded, possibly due to the generosity of the special offers.
Nevertheless divine mushroom risotto with a scallop (not bad, but not as good as our local Paul Polacco’s) and a quail egg, the best of thee courses.
Forgot to bring link for camera to kev’s computer. I’d say the kitchen is hanging on by it’s fingernails as the house made bread was tired, the butter some collapsed oats from this morning. As soon as one person is finished, the plate is whipped away, making the other person feel they must scamper to catch up.
Amarone, traditional Italian proved and excellent find and
two good Jewish delis within walking distanceof the London…more later. KP
Champagne news January 5, 2013…is available from THIS LINK
…20 November 2012
East End Cellars are importing and distributing one of our favourite growers, José Dhondt. José Dhondt do not have a web site but you might enjoy this utube video ,
, from Grand Cru Oger on the Côte des Blancs. The NV, 2007 and Rosé de Saignée are all available. Fino at Willunga feature the NV on their wine list, and indeed it is drinking beautifully and has travelled well. Pure pleasure!
Updates to where to drink Champagne by the glass in Adelaide — coming soon, but STOP PRESS reports that Billecart by the bargain glass $14 is available at the
Stirling Cellars and Patisserie next to Foodland in Johnston St. Also check out the excellent Champagne list in the Stirling Hotel Grill Restaurant.
The Stirling Hotel Cellars and Patisserie
image copyright © The Stirling Hotel
…18 November 2012
Without disgorgement dates, how do we know it’s fresh?
The new Bollinger NV bottle is now available in Australia, so finally, in the absence of disgorgement dates, we know it’s fresh, just from the bottle shape.
The new bottle has a narrower neck, and therefore less of the surface area of the champagne is exposed to the tiny amount of air trapped between the cork and champagne when the bottle is upright.
to read more about the change of bottle shape…please CLICK HERE
…10 November, 2012
Decanter’s… Giles Fallowfield reports
Moving on Ayala president Herve Augustin resigns.
Augustin has recently overseen a restoration of Ayala’s fortunes and of the image of the brand, which had fallen into decline in the 1990s, leading the house to its best financial performance in many years in 2011…to read the full article please CLICK HERE
…3 November, 2012
Adelaide Apothecary 1878’s Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting 2012
Monday 26th November 6.00 pm to 8.30pm
$58 includes canapés…please
CLICK HERE for full details and booking information
Decanter travel guide: Champagne, France
Wednesday 8 August 2012 by Decanter Be the first to comment
Apart from the famous wines, this region is rich with world heritage sites, history and art. Giles Fallowfield bases himself in Reims for a busy long weekend. Read the full guide to Champagne, including the best houses to visit, plus top places to stay, eat, shop and relax. Published in the Decanter August 2012 issue…please CLICK HERE to read the full article.
Celebrate International Champagne Day at Deviation Road Winery with their sparkling winemaker Kate Laurie, Kaaren Palmer, Jim Smith and Nick Ryan for a Sunset Champagne Masterclass on Friday October 26th 2012 at 5.45pm
Explore a range of grower champagnes alongside the famous Grande Marques and discover the personalities that make up the tapestry of champagne.
Bracket 1 — Aperitif Style Champagnes
Often drier, lighter and very crisp, these wines leave you wanting more…!
Bracket 2 — Influence of Oak
Many makers are reverting to the traditional use of old oak barrels for either fermenting or ageing their base wines. How does this affect the aroma and taste?
Bracket 3 — Rosé
Often overlooked, but Rosé champagnes offer a richness on the nose, and depth of flavour on the palate that make it perfect for any occasion.
Deviation Road Cellar Door, 207 Scott Creek Rd, Longwood (Via Stirling)
$110 per person payment required at time of making booking full details tomorrow. Numbers are limited reservations can be made with Mary Ranford +61 8 8339 2633 or with email firstname.lastname@example.org
last week…29 September, 2012
AFP – Gerard Liger–Belair lives in a bubble and he doesn’t care who knows it.Champagne physicist reveals the secrets of bubbly.
France24 International News
18 September, 2012
French scientist Gerard Liger–Belair works on a glass of Champagne in his laboratory, on September 13 in Reims, eastern France. Teaching at the University of Reims, Liger–Belair worked with scientists Guillaume Polidori and Philippe Jeandet to find out the exact role of bubbles in the aroma and taste of champagne and engineered glasses to give measurable bubble flow patterns.
Bubbles are his passion. And they have given the 41-year-old French scientist arguably the best job in all of physics. To read the full article please CLICK HERE
Friday 21 September, 2012
Champagne: where the party’s really at
Matt Walls for Tim Atkin MW
September 16, 2012
Sometimes I feel very lucky to be living in the UK when it comes to getting hold of good wine. Since the UK has historically been an importer of other countries’ wines, rather than producer of its own, the UK wine industry has tended to be open-minded and meritocratic when it comes to the wines it sells. This has led to a diverse range of countries, regions, grapes, producers and vintages, giving us excellent choice, and on the whole, carefully researched wide selections for at least the more established wine producing regions of the world. But there is one major region where we are letting ourselves down, and ironically it’s right on our doorstep: Champagne.
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keeping the fizz in families…Sunday 16 September, 2012
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August 9, 2012
The Krug family has long held to a charming tradition at the birth of each male child: before the infant is introduced to the mother’s breast, it receives a thimbleful of champagne. When on their deathbeds, in a rite similar to the Catholic sacrament of Extreme Unction, family members receive another thimbleful, more if requested. Thus the opening and closing moments of their lives are saluted with the endeavours of their family, the work of several lifetimes.
The wine world is intimately connected with family. Please click here to read the full aticle
the big news…September 7, 2012
Champagne harvest to start next week
4 September, 2012
the drinks business
“Speaking to the drinks business, Laurent Fresnet, cellar master for Henriot, said that he was hoping to begin harvesting on 12 September, with many other houses apparently looking to begin by the 15 or 17 September.
He added: “It will be small in quantity but potentially very nice in quality – fingers crossed” not to be drawn on the subject of vintage he merely proclaimed he was “more optimistic this year than others recently” despite the difficulties.
Champagne’s vineyards have been hit repeatedly this year by hail, frost and disease but a warm, dry August has helped salvage the situation somewhat.
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Champagne harvest quota announced
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Uncertain times for Champagne.
Posted Wednesday, 05 September, 2012
Miserable spring weather and falling sales have prompted the Champagne region to reduce its harvest quota this year.
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August 25, 2012
fabulous news Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer is the South Australian finalist in the amateur section of the 2012 Vin de Champagne awards and Kate Laurie, winemaker Deviation Road is the South Australian finalist in the professional section of the 2012 Vin de Champagne awards…please
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August 17, 2012
Champagne suffers the worst season in decades. “Bad News for the Bubbly: Champagne Suffers Worst Season in Decades
Aug 17, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
Freakish weather conditions have hurt champagne producers, and experts warn that the prospects for the coming harvest look increasingly dim.
” reports The Daily Beast…
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10 August, 2012
There are ample reasons to visit Chicago starting with a pilgrimage to Grant Atchatz’ Alinea but Glenn Murray writing for www.chicagonow.com reports RM, West Loop’s highly-Anticipated Champagne Salon opened its doors August 2. Sought–after sommelier Jason Wagner, 32, who formerly served as Wine Director alongside 28–time Michelin Star recipient Joël Robuchon, has announced that his progressive hospitality project, RM, will officially open to the public on August 2nd. Alongside the nationally–revered nightlife visionaries of Element Collective, Wagner will launch the 1,500 square foot high style champagne salon and spacious outdoor patio, which is discreetly tucked-away at the foot of a secluded cobblestone alley at 116 N. Green Street…to read the full story please CLICK HERE
RM, West Loop’s Champagne Salon, Chicago
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A great way to enjoy France’s Champagne region…Just launched last week by France’s Champagne region is the wine tourist friendly OenoPass…to read the full article please CLICK HERE
David Rosengarten writing for the www.huffingtonpost.com writes “Another Sparkling Innovation From Champagne’s Most Prestigious Producer”…to read the full article CLICK HERE
Reuters report Vranken–Pommery Monopole records growth in its turnover in the second quarter of 2012: up 5.5%…to read the full article please CLICK HERE
The games might be almost over but worthwhile remembering the London 2012: St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar was refurbished in time for the London Olympic games…to read the full story please CLICK HERE
4 August, 2012
Finally the consumer will know just how old their NV champagne is, by looking at the disgorgement date and subtracting the amount of time the House puts the champagne on lees. The main harvest will be the year before that.
“Research conducted by Paillard shows that Champagne goes through ’five or six different ages’ following disgorgement. It begins with a fruit–dominated phase, before moving to flowery notes, then spices and then toasted aromas, before progressing to candied fruit and, finally, roasted notes. It can take five years for the first spiced notes to appear, the research said.” To read the full article please CLICK HERE
29 July, 2012
Only a day in Champagne Kaaren Palmer outlines how to make the most of that day…click here to read the full story and for more Champagne news and two dinners check out our July what’s hot
20 July, 2012
MUMM LAUNCHES BLANC DE BLANCS Champagne by Gabriel Savage, The Drinks Business…GH Mumm has replaced its 130–year old Mumm de Cramant cuvée with its newly introduced Mumm Blanc de Blancs… CLICK HERE to read the full article.
Champagne bubbles improve flavour
by Richard Woodard, Decanter writes…Champagne’s bubbles are more than mere decoration – they contain up to 30 times more flavour than the wine itself, scientists have discovered.
A study of five Champagnes and high–quality sparkling wines revealed that the liquid in a glass of Champagne and the bubbles have very different chemical fingerprints… CLICK HERE to read the full article.
July 6, 2012
As more and more grape growers and wine producers turn to the old ways and take on biodynamic farming, Giles Fallowfield in Decanter reports that Louis Roederer is now Champagne’s biggest biodynamic producer… CLICK HERE to read the full article.
Diana Goodman puts forth a lovely tongue–in–cheek article with a lot of historical references. One hundred rules on how a gentleman drinks Champagne… CLICK HERE to read the full article.
June 22, 2012
Reported by Giles Fallowfield in Decanter Friday 15th June – One of the worst hailstorms in recorded Champagne history has hit the southern Côte des Bar region, destroying this year’s grape crop.
For us, that means delicious Drappier will suffer. About 100 of their 187 hectares was destroyed, affecting next year’s prospects as well, with about 50% damage to another 50 hectares. Also affected are 91 ha in Bergères, 210 ha in Baroville which includes the co–operative Barfontac and the grower–maker Philippe Fourrier, and 156 ha in Meurville, 6 kms south of pretty mediaeval Bar–sur–Aube, home to respected grower &EACUTE;tienne Christian. Supplies of Drappier’s Grand Sendrée may become constrained, which makes recent special offers of one of our favourites doubly attractive.
A large family–owned distributor in the UK, the PLB Group, has joined the grower champagne promotion by signing up Cattier, Dampierre, Edouard Brun, Legras & Haas, Lamotte and Malard, all of which have Premiers and Grands Crus Champagnes. As reported by Harpers, they are part of the great Families of Champagne selection by the U.K.’s PLB Group Ltd.
Of these, only Cattier and Dampierre are available in Australia…watch this space!
At Lanson there is a really good history time line, with excellent notes, a video clip with Gerard Basset MW showing how to serve champagne and discussing Lanson’s styles, and a host of other good features… CLICK HERE to take a look. Unfortunately, we are not offered two of Lanson’s wonderful creations, the Noble or the Extra Age series, in Australia. Nor the historical releases. Sob! Monsieur Basset also discusses malo–lactic fermentation, and storing champagne.
May 29, 2012
Cannadian sommelier and writer François Chartier applies scientific principles to food and wine pairing. We link you to a fascinating article published on www.wine-searcher.com……please click here to read the article. For new Champagne news galore please click here
François Chartier selling the science and wine matching story!
Image from the wine–searcher web site
Heading for Paris? Make sure you follow Kaaren Palmer’s fabulous guide for drinking Champagne in Paris and we have also expanded the Where to Drink Champagne into a separate navigation. To read more about Champagne in Paris… CLICK HERE
There is also plenty of information for Australia and we have had especially good feedback from Kaaren’s Melbourne Champagne walk…use the where to drink Champagne on the right hand side navigation.
champagne and food
Champagne and food, the delicate art of matching food to Champagne is a particular passion of mine and I am delighted to finally be able to activate this section in Champagne.
In the coming months/years will will be building a library resource for our readers where you will be able to search your Champagne house and find our suggestions…even sometimes a fabulous recipe!
Please use the Champagne and food navigation on the right hand side.