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Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon began as Mot et Cie in 1743, established by Epernay wine trader Claude Moët. The Champagne House’s clientele have included nobles and aristocrats since it’s early days. In 1750 Moët began business with Madame de Pompadour. Then in 1804, Jean-Remy, grandson of Claude Moët, who had become mayor of Epernay in 1802,…

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Krug Champagne

Krug Champagne

Krug Champagne was founded by Joseph Krug in 1843. It is based principally in Reims, the main city in the Champagne region. Today the house is majority owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Lois Vuitton who also own Moet & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot and Ruinart. The Krug family is still actively involved in all the key decisions of the…

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Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon is a brand of vintage champagne produced by Moet & Chandon. It is named after Dom Perignon a Benedictine monk who was an important quality pioneer for Champagne wine but who, contrary to popular myths, did not discover the champagne method for making sparkling wines.  Dom Perignon (1638–1715) was a monk and cellar master at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers. He…

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Bollinger Champagne

Bollinger Champagne

Founded in the Champagne region of Ay by Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger. Bollinger Champagne House has created prestigious Champagnes since 1829. Mention the history of Bollinger and the name of Lilly Bollinger will surely stand out as someone who made a big impression on the Champagne  industry when she ran the Champagne…

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So why choose grower Champagne over the better known brands?

So why choose grower Champagne over the better known brands?

To manufacture their products, many of the mainstream Champagne powerhouses often rely on sourcing grapes or wine from many different growers to create a generic taste. Instead, we wanted to work with the independent growers located in the north-eastern region of France. Artisanal Champagne is grown and produced by one family working from their own…

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What is the difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne?

What is the difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne?

The main difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne, is not that the vintage is old but that it is made from the grapes of only one year’s harvest, whereas non-vintage Champagne is a blend of different years’ harvest. The Champagne Houses and growers provide a continuous house style through the blending of various vintages, to…

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Understanding Champagne labels

Understanding Champagne labels

These are the 10 things that must appear on all Champagne labels: No.1 – Appellation of Controlled Origin Champagne-prominently displayed No. 2 – Brand Marque differentiates the wines of different producers No.3 – Degree of sweetness, Extra-brut, driest wines; brut, very dry; extra-dry, slightly sweet; sec, sweet; demi-sec, very sweet No. 4 – The town…

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Armand de Brignac to release largest bottle of rose Champagne ever produced

Armand de Brignac to release largest bottle of rose Champagne ever produced

Armand de Brignac has released the largest bottle of rosé Champagne ever produced. It is a 30 litre Midas bottle and stands at over an impressive 4 feet tall and weighing in at 45kgs. It contains the equivalent of 40 regular-sized 750ml bottles. How much does this bottle cost – Currently it is still available…

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How many bottles are kept in the Champagne houses cellars?

How many bottles are kept in the Champagne houses cellars?

Have you ever wondered how many bottles are kept in the Champagne houses vast cellars? Over 250 kilometers (155 miles) of Champagne cellars lie beneath Reims, holding around 200 million bottles. The Avenue de Champagne in Epernay that holds many of the big label houses such as Pol Roger, Boizel, Michel Gonet, Moet et Chandon…

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