July 2017 Champagne News 

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Welcome to a more regular champagne news, where we share some of the news, reading and tasting that undertaken on a daily basis. It has been such an exciting year for me with with the sell-out launch of Champagne – A Tasting Journey, and the second impression selling out. With the demand triggered by winning the Gourmand Awards for the Best French Wine Book, an honour highly-sought by the many writers of books pertaining to French wine written in French, English, and other languages, a larger print-run is underway in France. From here, distribution local to Champagne, and postal distribution throughout the world, is cost-effective and efficient.

There will also be distribution from other countries.

Kaaren Palmer

Champagne Editor Galaxy Guides

Who doesn't like to fly

with an airline with attention to what can be drunk during the journey, in our case especially of course champagne?

Air France...serves champagne to all classes of passenger.

First class:
  • Deutz Amour de Deutz 2007
  • Krug Grande Cuvée
  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006
  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006
Business class:
  • Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve
  • Deutz Brut Classic
  • Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut
  • Laurent Perrier Brut
  • Taittinger Brut Réserve
Premium economy and economy:
  • Canard Duchêne Cuvée Léonie
  • Chassenay d’Arce Cuvée Première
  • Heidsieck & Co Monopole Silver Top
  • Jacquart Brut
  • Pannier Brut Sélection
What a selection!

click here to see more about gastronomy on Air France.

According to Forbes

The seven best Champagne houses to visit to understand the history and of course out favourite drop....six Champagne Houses, and one cooperative, that, in combination, will show you the history, the production underway, and reflect the champagne industry from small to large House. Not all are Houses that immediately spring to mind for a visit, and none are grower domains. I have put the booking links in for you.


40 rue Carnot, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (the next village along from Aÿ – walk past Champagne Philipponnat’s Clos de Goisses while you’re in the town and note how steep and well-drained is the site.
to make a reservation email
open Monday to Friday
Make sure that you taste the vintage Blanc de Blancs and Cuvée Nicolas François.

J de Telmont

1 Avenue de Champagne, Damery, approximately 10 minutes by car west of Epernay. To plan your visit use their official web site please click here. The Marne Valley House bought the old reserve wines from the estate of wonderful Marne Valley and Meunier specialist grower, René Collard this house was founded 1912.

Nicolas Feuillatte
On the eastern outskirts of Chouilly

The largest cooperative is situated in its own mini-city where it receives the grapes or juices of many small village cooperatives and independent grape growers.
Open Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

1 place des Droits de l’Homme, Reims
Founded 1772 there are 24 kms of caves and wonderful history. To arrange your tour please click here.


Laurent-Perrier not yet open to the public, but, if you work in the industry it is possible to be invited click here 
For a preview of what you’ll see when the doors are open
click here quite spectacular. 



....the oldest champagne house, was founded 1729 and provides an excellent tour of their cellars in the Roman crayères on the outskirts of Reims. To read more please click here

To check out the Forbes article  click here


a great wine for great food

Based in Aÿ, and born of hard post-World-War-I times, one of the oldest cooperative ventures in Champagne, Champagne Collet, bring their notable skills to the idea of champagne being a perfect match for many for many culinary creations.  

The cooperative has created an annual competition that rewards the chef who best matches food with wine in a cookbook.
Individual chefs are invited to present their book and an unpublished menu to a round table of journalists, gastronomy professionals, and photography and publishing professionals.
Since 2013, nearly 40 Chefs have succeeded each other in the Round Table - Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy, Amandine Chaignot, Julien Duboué, Philippe Mille, Alexandre Gauthier, and many more.

Among the chiefs, the distinguished laureates are
Nicolas Stamm, from La Fourchette des Ducs Restaurant, a 2 star Michelin in Obernai, for Un Chef En Alsace, published by Gründ (2013).

Régis Marcon from Restaurant Régis & Jacques Marcon, a 3 star Michelin at Saint-Bonnet-Le-Froid, for his book Champignons, published by Editions La Martinière (2014)

Eric Guérin, from La Mare aux Oiseaux, a 1 star Michelin in Saint Joachim and Le Jardin des Plumes, a 1-star in Giverny,  for his book Migrations: Voyages, Émotions, Cuisine published by the Editions La Martinière (2015)

Frédéric Doucet, Restaurant Frédéric Doucet, a 1-star in Charolles for his book Frédéric Doucet in Charolles – Les Recette de l’Hôtel de la Poste published by Glénat (2016).
Some of the menus should not be read if you’re trying to diet.
Here’s Belgian chef Pierre Resimont’s (2-star Restaurant l’Eau Vive, author of Les Résimonts à l’Eau Vive) menu:
Crème brûlée de foie gras espuma pommes vertes – Champagne Collet Blanc de Blancs
Huitre Gillardeau, Lomo, Blettes & Confit de Tomates – Champagne Collet Blanc de Noirs
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Champagne Editor

100 best champagnes

Over the course of the year, from Fine Champagne magazine’s Pekka here.

Tim Hall’s report

on Champagne Week 2016 is worth a re-read. You need to subscribe to Jancis Robinson’s regular blog in order to read it all, but there’s good stuff there click here 
and also click here

Decanter’s Top Growers

100 tasted
The June 21st edition of Decanter reveals an interesting line-up of grower champagnes, or ‘small domains’, as some prefer to be called to red more please click here.



Kaaren Palmer
Kaaren Palmer
Deluxe paperback 434pp third impression
$140 AUD + $15 postage
within Australia, available soon

Meticulously researched, Champagne, a tasting journey appeals to the cognoscenti and beginners alike. The work comprehensively encompasses history, geography, the grapes, the regions, production, politics, the people, the flavours, and aromas – each of the 44 chapters is accompanied by a tasting guide, which illuminates the topic discussed in the chapter.

A link to European distribution and Champagne Houses selling Kaaren's book will be updated when stock is available. Soon!
Above: ecstatic me, after recovering from my complete astonishment at winning such a fabulous accolade. To read about these wonderful awards that recognise the depth and breadth of passion for the world of food and wine click here.

These annual accolades cover a very broad spectrum of food and read more about the food and food writing awards click here and to read about the wine writing category where my award came  from please click here
Fabulous champagne here.
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