Champagne News June 2017

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The BIG NEWS, from me of course, is that my book, Champagne – a tasting journey, won the top award for French Wine Books at the recent Gourmand International Food and Wine Book Awards. We’ll have it back in print soon. Meanwhile, the back orders are building.

Kaaren Palmer
Champagne Editor Galaxy Guides


not devoted exclusively to champagne, there’s lots of champagne news in ‘Glass of Bubbly’ magazine. You can read about Champagne Drappier’s delicious Rosé de Saignée, for example, Glass of Bubbly and much more.

Champagne Thiénot

has sent its chef de cave across to sister-company, Canard-Duchêne, wnere he will now spend his time. He is succeeded by Nicolas Uriel, who has spent many years working with the growers who supply the majority of the House’s juice requirements.



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Deluxe paperback 434p
$140 AUD + $15 postage within Australia

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 are accompanied by a tasting guide which, illuminates the topic discussed in the chapter.

To find European bookshops and Champagne Houses selling Kaaren's book are also listed on the link above.

Anna Krebiehl...

relives the very great pleasure of having attended Tim Hall’s wonderful champagne tasting at London’s premium champagne club, 67 Pall Mall. Having visited the club on another occasion with Tim, after the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards last year, I have to say that it’s quite the place for such a tasting. To read all about the champagnes please click here

Agrapart Avizoise was one of the many champagnes tasted, and Madame Kriebiehl’s favourite of the tasting. Indeed, it is is to-die-for superb.
Tim Hall
Photo courtesy of Victor Pugatschew 

Visitors to Paris

at the beginning of July, specifically the weekend of the 1st and 2nd, should beget themselves northwards to the famous Paul Bert Serpette antique/ flea market, rue des Rosiers, St-Ouen, where Krug are setting up in the private areas for the delectation of Parisians and visitors alike. The Krug Festival will feature a specially designed area by the specialist in decorative arts, Gilvert Kann, in keeping with the antique atmosphere. The Festival will delight all five senses, incorporating discovery, gastronomic reinvention of street food matched with the wines, and music and food-matching in rhythm with live music. To make a booking please click here
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Essi Avellan MW

discusses how to serve champagne on Fine Dining Lovers on-line magazine. Thanks to Ilkke Siren for writing about a lively and compelling interview. As for the recommendation for Champagne Charles Heidsieck NV – perfect choice! Indeed, every time that I see Essi, I feel like genuflecting.

Essi Avellan MW

You’ll find

other good champagne reading in this on-line magazine – a great article on Veuve Clicquot’s Extra Brut, Extra Old Champagne click here 

Joel Robuchon, Michelin three-starred chef, whose favourite drink is champagne, is working with Veuve Clicquot to create culinary masterpieces to complement the new champagne.
But consider, while reading, the huge differences between the reserve wine resources of the big houses, and those of the much smaller grower domains, the theme of the Springfield Group’s latest meeting. Wines were served blind, in pairs, of Blanc de Blancs NV, NV blend, and Vintage. The interesting and stimulating exercised the sharpest of us. We looked for       aromas, the influence of reserve wines, sweetness level and commercial appeal, to help us determine which was a big House, and which came from a much smaller domain.
pictured above....Joel Robuchon

Nights of Champagne

in the old capital of Champagne, Troyes, a charming place of ancient buildings, atmosphere, fine food – and champagne! 23–28 October. Musical and other entertainments will provide you with something else to do other than visiting the producers or sipping. Champagne Devaux, the wonderful cooperative, is among the many sponsors. To make a booking please click here
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