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De Watère

De Watère

Founded in 2011, the success story of this extraordinary taste adventure started with the idea of a family member of the De Watère’s, whose roots can be tracked back to 1086. Today De Watère is – among lovers of characteristic Champagne – known for its overwhelming taste and understated elegance. Created from a 1er Cru in the Vallée de…

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The Re-birth of Piper-Heidsieck

The Re-birth of Piper-Heidsieck

Some interesting dates in the re-birth of Piper-Heidsieck. 1997 – The red label of the Cuvée Brut is launched. Symbolises enthusiasm, passion, excellence and extravaganza. 1999 – Cuvée Spéciale is dressed by Jean Paul Gautier, the first time a House has asked a fashion designer to dress a bottle. 2002 – Régis Camus becomes head…

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The History of Piper-Heidsieck

The History of Piper-Heidsieck

Interesting dates in the history of Piper-Heidsieck. 1785 – Florens Louis Heidsieck founded the house in Reims. 1800 – Christian and Charles-Henri Heidsieck join their uncle. 1815 – Christian’s cousin, Henri-Guillaume Piper is involved in the family business. 1828 – After their uncle’s death, Christian and Henri-Guillaume Piper take over. Henri promotes the wine and…

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Charles Heidsieck

Charles Heidsieck

Charles Heidsieck was founded in 1851 by the legendary Champagne Charlie himself. Charles-Camille was a dashing figure in Champagne, known as a dandy and a gentleman who travelled extensively selling his champagnes to the royal courts of Europe and American high society. He famously purchased the underground cathedral-like chalk cellars under Reims, originally dug out…

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Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon

Founded in 1818 by husband and wife Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, the Billecart-Salmon House is rich with history. For nearly two hundred years, the Billecart family has been handing down the secrets to making exceptional champagne from generation to generation. Heirs of an ancestral savoir-faire, the whole family knows that it is their…

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Champagne Collet

Champagne Collet

Created in 1921, Champagne Collet in Ay is the oldest society of Champagne growers and takes its name from its founder. The company’s origins go back to the Champagne Revolution in 1911 when winegrowers in Champagne took action against a number of producers who decided to mix grapes coming from other wine growing regions with…

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Styles of Champagne

Styles of Champagne

Styles of Champagne vary enormously. The use of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes generally prevail over minorities such as Meunier, and more often than not white and red grapes are blended. Exceptions are labelled Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) and Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir). The latter tends to be fuller bodied, as does…

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Understanding Champagne Label Codes

Understanding Champagne Label Codes

There are many different combinations in which Champagne grapes can be grown and made into the sparkling wine. How this happens affects what is put on a Champagne bottle label. Here is an explanation of what the letters you see on the bottles mean. NM – Négociant-Manipulant – This appears on the label of large…

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Does ‘Terroir’ matter for Champagne?

Does ‘Terroir’ matter for Champagne?

The term ‘Terroir’ is one of those for which wine enthusiasts have a good feel but find it hard to accurately define. It’s the expression or the link the land has with the wine. The silky complexity and array of smoky sensations aroused by a glass of claret or the fresh flinty aromas and lemon…

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