Champagne Archive

Yes, wine in cocktails is okay

There’s a certain stigma surrounding wine in cocktails. Maybe people have just not tasted a good one..? Perhaps you don’t want to use your favourite wine and that’s fair. And we don’t recommend mixing with a pricey Bordeaux or the like... Seriously though, wine cocktails can be great. Here we celebrate the...
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Why champagne is worth celebrating

Ah champagne. Lovely, bubbly, delicious, historic, prestigious, luxurious champagne. There is no substitute. Yes, of course we love Prosecco and other sparklers – especially English ones! But the popping of a champagne cork is something uniquely special. Champagne bottles are the armoured tanks of the glass world, as they have to contain the enormous pressure the...
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Famille Labruyere – a new and exciting relationship

New contacts and relationships in the wine world come about in different ways and take different lengths of time to come to fruition (when they do!). "Gestation" can be anything from weeks to years, decades even... every one is different. They often result from a chance comment being well followed up....
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Champagne Salon & Delamotte with Didier Depond for the IMW

I went to a tasting organised by The Institute of Masters of Wine at Trinity House entitled “Salon – the pioneer of Blanc de Blancs Champagne”. The tasting focussed on the sister houses of Champagne Delamotte and Champagne Salon. Both houses are now owned by the Nonancourt family and are...
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Corney & Barrow In the Press

   The top 10 at Corney & Barrow  18 Aug 2011 by Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Corney & Barrow very kindly offered subscribers to this site some free tickets to their summer tasting in June. They didn't come without a catch, however, since I asked the lucky few to rank and score their top...
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Fizz ‘n’ Chips – The Launch of Salon ‘99

How to launch a wine whose reputation as the Ultimate Insiders Champagne demands both discretion and celebration… a fun challenge for any Marketing Manager. Our answer – serve it with fish & chips. The idea came to Rebecca – our buyer for Salon – one Sunday night when returning home,...
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Birthday Bubbles to Celebrate Delamotte’s 250th Year

250th birthdays are rare for Champagne – so rare that only 4 have ever been celebrated. This year marks the impressive milestone for Champagne Delamotte, making it the sixth joint oldest Champagne House. Celebrations are, most definitely, in order. To kick things off, Didier Depond, President of Champagne Delamotte and...
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Champagne Salon in muddy wellies – just how it should be…

The ridiculously glitzy ‘celebratory’ status enjoyed by certain champagne brands pre-crunch made it easy to forget that champagne is in fact a hugely delicate living substance, created and wholly dependent on, ostensibly, ‘farmers.’ A wintery trip down to the prestigious Champagne village of Le Mesnil sur Oger to visit our...
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and they’re off……

First blog entry since the site has gone live although there are plenty of blogs from the last few months - Dinners, Tastings, Burgundy trips etc - I have been getting things ready for a while!! It’s been a hell of a week. Last Friday saw the release of Domaine Leflaive 2008...
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A great meal……..14 bts of quality….well 13

Tuesday was UGC (Union de Grand Cru) day when the trade and press gathers to taste the recently bottle vintage in this case 2007. I felt the wines were better than I expected. My picks of the reds were Domaine de Chevalier, Gazin, La Lagune and Leoville Poyferre. The sweet whites were...
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