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Is it important to be innovative about Champagne?

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The drink business is slightly more complex than the other industries, because to innovate something, it has to be planned starting years in advance, when the fruits are planted. For champagne, it is no different, since your marketing campaigns have to be foreseen from up to 3 years before. Generally, these plans go in the direction of product packaging and specific techniques to reach younger audiences, maintaining the premium style of the beverage itself. Lynn Murray, marketing director at Hatch Mansfield, explains in an article in The Drink Business, He assures that among the challenges one has to achieve a good enough exterior to attract and catch the young but also following and respecting the great variety of laws of appeal that exist for these types of drinks.

Oliver Legrand, director of marketing and communications at Nicolas Feuillatte, has a different vision because although he agrees that the best thing that can be done is the innovation of the packaging, we must think of adding a plus value that denotes excellence and prestige. A few years ago they launched a set of 3 drinks in which, instead of just creating a luxurious gift package, hired the best chefs and created a complete menu to match their new creations, providing a unique experience for diners and people who bought the product.

Terence Kenny, director of exports for Champagne Pannier, adds: “Innovation can come in different forms, whether it be creating low-dose stewed drinks for seafood, pink candies for tea afternoons and desserts or red forts to accompany meats, in Pannier We have all these to offer and it is our main advantage. “Innovation, in short, can be presented as a well-diversified product portfolio so that consumers have options when purchasing the champagne of their choice”.

And what is the reason for this debate? The increase in the audience and young population has been key to initiate a search for Champagne innovation. Moët & Chandon Moët Ice Impérial was launched in 2011 under a different concept: serving the champagne with ice. And although it was not the first drink of its kind to be served in this way, it established a trend that has become very popular among the new generations, causing producers to find new ways to innovate and attract young consumers

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial

 

 

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Moet & Chandon Ice Rosé Impérial

Get to know Great Britain through its wines: Kent and Sussex

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United Kingdom is growing in terms of wineries and wines they offer. It is truly impressive that in five years there has been created about 200 new wineries and their wines are increasingly important. With this, wine tourism also grows and some of the routes that we include here are places that help us get to know the UK better.

Kent is an English non-metropolitan county, situated south-east of London. Its great landscape is being transformed into vineyards since the area is recieving a great international projection. So now, in addition to the industry, the vine is another reason to visit the area.

Among Kent’s wines we find The famous Rose Brut, which was served at the wedding of William of England and Kate Middleton in 2011, hence Kent is becoming more and more popular.

In this area, we also find Chapel Down, which is now predicted to be one of the largest producers of English wine. They highlight their wineries that offer high quality, and especially in sparkling wines. To get there we can go from London by car or by train to the station of Appledore, located 10 km from the wineries. Guided visits to the Chapel Down winery are open all year round.

While Sussex is the south-east of England, it encompasses rolling hills and expansive countryside, and views of the English Channel. For wine tourism, you can visit Nyetimber, west of Sussex, where is the largest wine cellar in the United Kingdom. Three grape varieties of the champagne region, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, stand out for the production of their wines.

To get there we can go by car from London or take the train to Pulborough, which is about 2 km away. This winery is open on weekends if you want to visit and taste their wines. Among the Nyetimber’s wines that stand out we find the Classic Cuvee.

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

 

 

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Chapel Down Rose Brut

New and better breeds to preserve Champagne

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It is well known that climate change is a global phenomenon that affects every one of us, including our agricultural processes and therefore our precious wine. The industry has already suffered many consequences because of this environmental problem and will continue to do in the future. However, for our luck, many people, including scientists and farmers, are thinking in new ways to change the wine market, specifically of our beloved champagne, and have joined forces to achieve a significant result.

As published by the Vinetur, the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in collaboration with the French Institute of Vine and Wine of Montpellier, will develop a program that is scheduled for the next 15 years with the sole objective to create 4 to 5 new grape varieties that will be capable to adapt to the climate challenges that will come in the future.

“We work on the long term, and the fundamentals of the grape varieties of our denomination could definitely change”, said Thibaut Le Mailloux of Champagne Committee, composed of the winegrowers and production houses of the region. “Research must absolutely start now because in 25 years it will be too late.”

In 2015, the first breeds fertilized with grapes were ended. Last June, the second crossing experiment concluded. This hybridization process should result in 4,000 seeds that are intended to be cultivated within the next 6 years in various experimental plots in the region. It is estimated that by 2030, and after several tests, analysis and tastings, the French catalog will be able to annex from four to five new breeds and then inscribe them in the DO Champagne.

Scientists have a duty to monitor all these processes to preserve the typical characteristics of these wines. The primary objective is to preserve the style of a good champagne and all the tradition that this means.

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

What are the most common wine bottles?

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The wine bottle as we know it today was not used until 17th century. Before its appearance, other materials such as clay urns, animal guts or wooden barrels were used as containers.

Today, the bottle is essential to preserve the wine once it leaves the winery.  The liquid will continue to grow and evolve inside the bottle until his quality reaches the highest point. Depending on the type of wine, the best moment for consumption will arrive earlier or later on.

Types of bottles according to materials:

The majority of wine is bottled in glass bottles, but there are some other materials like bricks or special cans, however, none of these are recommended to keep wine for long periods of time.

Types of bottles according to shape:

  • Borgoña: it’s the oldest design known. It gets its name for the region it was first created. It is characterized by the long should falling along the side. Some Spanish wines started to use this type of bottle to get differentiation from others.
  • Bordelesa: is the most common bottle. His cylindrical aspect makes possible to store the wine in a horizontal way. For white wines the bottle it’s painted green or light green. For sweeter wines a transparent bottle is preferred.
  • Rhin: it was born near the river Rhin in Germany. It is known for its height and fallen shoulders.
  • Cava or Champagne: this bottle has it shoulders low and thick glass. It contains a hollowness in the bottom of it to resist the pressure of sparkling wines.
  • Jerezana: created by Spaniards. It has a thick neck and it’s used to bottle fine Jerez wines and manzanillas.

Types of bottles according to their capacity or size:

The size of the bottle significantly influences the aging and storage of the wine, since wine evolution is slower as the size of the bottle increases.

  • Benjamin: 18 centiliters
  • 3/8: 37 centiliters
  • 3/4: 75 centiliters (most common one)
  • Magnum: 1.5 liters
  • Jeroboam: 3 L
  • Imperial: 4 L
  • Rehoboam: 4.8 L
  • Mathusalem: 6.4 L
  • Salmanasar: 9.6 L
  • Baltasar: 12.8 L
  • Nabucodonosor: 16 L
  • Salomon: 18 L

Types of bottles according to the color:

The color is a factor that influences the protection of wine from the sun. The most used colors for wine bottles are green, blue and black.

The darker colors are used for wines that will age while lighter or transparent colors are used for white young wines to highlight its color.

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja produced with tempranillo and garnacha from the 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Honoro Vera 2014: a red wine Calatayud with garnacha of 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14º. 

 

 

Moët & Chandon, at the forefront of innovation

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Moët & Chandon is one of the most expensive and glamorous champagne brands in the world. Therefore, this brand knows, more than anyone, how to bring innovation and also surprise the consumer with every new product launched.

In this case, they just introduced MCIII, a champagne flashing luxury on all four sides. With this product, consumers will feel even more exclusive.

The bottle design itself is already a benchmark since it was introduced to the market. They emphasize the initials MC (from Moët & Chandon), and the number three in Roman numerals. It also has a bright black crystal glass. A stunning packaging that marks one of the goals of the champagne firm: seeking to be the best and making feel different and unique their customers.

One of the peculiarities of this special champagne is being elaborated with vintage wines matured with wood, metal and glass, which is a novelty for the firm.

It sure is one of the luxury items that most will be tasted in the coming months, and also facing the Christmas season. The best is undoubtedly its taste, since, as we have already indicated, it combines perfectly the old flavour of wines aged in the traditional way with a more mature champagne.

What is intended is to give that distinctive touch that has the quality of the current wine. MCIII is design, taste, luxury and eccentricity. It counts with that harmony so beloved by those who like to enjoy always new products, and remain faithful to one of the leading brands of all time.

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial: a sparkling wine from the Champagne DO a based on pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12,5º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine of the Champagne DO vinified from pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12º of alcohol content. 

 

 

UNESCO declares Champagne and Burgundy as part of its World Heritage

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has just added the regions of Champagne and Burgundy as part of its World Heritage list, a recognition that wine producers in these regions chase since many years ago, especially addressed to vineyards and cellars, but that indirectly will benefit large sections of the society and population of each region.

With regard to Champagne, the decision affects areas such as Hautvilliers, Aÿ, Sainte-Nicasie in Reims and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay, who make up the productive core of the most appreciated and traditional sparkling wine in the world. According to the verdict itself from UNESCO, “these areas witness the development of a very specialized artisan activity which has become an agro-industrial enterprise”.

As for Burgundy, Unesco has included 1,247 “climats” of the region, demarcated wine production plots that make up the characteristic mosaic that covers the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, as well as the villages and the city of Beaune, in addition to the historical centre of Dijon.

According to the Committee in charge of the inclusion of this area, “the site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages”.

In turn, the co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Aubert de Villaine, said: “This inscription is also a recognition to the work of generations, the Cistercian monks, the Dukes of Burgundy, men and women, wine growers.. All of whom have, through the centuries, painstakingly shaped the vineyards of Burgundy in their determined quest for excellence”.

Pierre Cheval, president of the Association Paysages du Champagne, which has coordinated the candidacy of the region during the past eight years, said that “The listing is a form of recognition, but also undertaking to the world’s nations, so we must ensure that we are worthy of it. We are duty-bound to preserve and maintain this landscape, know-how and heritage so that we can pass them on unspoilt to future generations”.

Thus, after the announcement by the Unesco, these regions join, in their membership of the World Heritage, the Italian region of Piedmont, Mosel in Germany, Tokaj in Hungary and Wachau in Austria.

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R de Ruinart: a sparkling wine from this DO: Champagne made with pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes and has a volume of alcohol of 12º.

 

 

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Grand Regnard Chablis 2013: a white wine with Burgundy DO with the best bunches of chardonnay from the 2013 vintage.

 

 

English sparkling wine will grow dramatically in the coming years

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Among the different types of wine, sparkling is having a great success in all kinds of markets, and some references place English sparkling wine, one of the most consumed in the country, as one of the most growing in the coming years.

Some of the recent studies on wine, such as Vinexpo, ratify this, as the English sparkling wine industry will grow 342% in the period 2007-2017.

This is due to several reasons. On the one hand, the increased production of this wine in the country, which is also the preferred by consumers. And on the other hand, a major supermarket chain (Waitrose) is buying more than 50% of the wine produced in Britain, with a variety of British wine in their establishments.

As one of the largest suppliers of wine in the UK, the Waitrose’s choosing of creating their own brand of wine is a success. This vintage is sold under the brand “Leckford” and is made with grapes from its vineyards in Leckford. The first vintage of this wine variety was developed a few years ago.

Consumer habits

Consumer habits are changing, so in England wine consumption is increasingly growing, being sparkling wine still a favourite, whether it’s French, Spanish or Italian. This makes the interest for autochthonous production to be favourable.

Exports

The other increase which explains the growth of this type of wine is due to exports, as world consumption of English sparkling wine is growing greatly.

The development of winemakers

Some winemakers confirm this success, then go from white to red grapes to give a clearer sparkling wine, seeing that consumer preferences change and they must adapt to the new parameters of society. While they comment that sparkling wine is more expensive to elaborate, as a secondary fermentation process needs more time. The quality has improved, costs have decreased and now it’s much more affordable than before.

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009:  a sparkling wine with Sussex DO based on 2009 grapes. Uvinum community values Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 with 4 points on 5.

 

 

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Nyetimber Rose 2009: a sparkling wine with Sussex DO which blend contains 2009 grapes and has a volume of alcohol of 12º. 

 

 

The first biodynamic vineyard in the UK

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Sedlescombe vineyard in East Sussex was the first vineyard in the UK to be certified organic in 1979, but has recently released the first biodynamic wine in the UK.

In December 2010, Sedlescombe launched the first British biodynamic wine, called %u201CFirst release%u201D, consisting of a mixture of dry white from Bacchus, Rivaner and Solaris. The label has a picture of the moon in a pointy hat and the tasting note indicates %u201Ctropical and spicy flavours of gooseberry, grapefruit and lemon grass%u201D.

Roy Cook is passionate oenologist wine-making under the most natural methods possible: %u201CI see biodynamics as an attempt to work as closely as possible in harmony with nature and the natural rhythms%u201D, says. %u201CConventional agriculture seeks only to enforce and dominate, with scant regard for soil health, wildlife habitat and groundwater. It is a minimum requirement for each generation to leave to future generations a natural world in, at least, as good condition as it was when they inherited it%u201D.

In 1974 Cook inherited 10 acres of land in a south facing slope near Sedlescombe. He spent five years living a simple life of self-sufficiency, growing and selling organic vegetables and in 1979 he planted 2,000 vines throughout 1.5 hectares.

%u201CI realized it was possible to grow grapes successfully without the use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides. At that time there wasn’t overproduction of many crops and they were throwing all these toxic chemicals in the environment to produce large quantities of food, which in many cases remained unsold%u201D.

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard now consists of 3 vineyards across 23 acres, including the vineyard at Bodiam Castle. Cook applies biodynamic principles in all his organic vineyards, and in addition to wines with organic fruit, juices, ciders and spirits, the farm produces about 25,000 bottles of wine per year.

Cook uses the farming methods outlined in a book by Dr. Julius Nessler in 1885, who advocates a radical change in the processing techniques of conventional wine, proposing to add de-stemmed and crushed grapes to the mix during fermentation to maximize body and bouquet. All the grapes at Sedlescombe are harvested by hand, and the cellar uses only half the level of sulphites in comparison with non-organic wines.

In an attempt to avoid synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, Cook uses green fertilizers to enrich the soil and improve wildlife habitats of bees, butterflies and birds, as well as quartz silica extracts designed to promote macro-biological activity in the soil, enhance fertility and improve light absorption and photosynthesis through the plant leaves.

In an attempt to play a greater role in the biodynamic wine development community, Cook has applied for membership in %u201CReturn to Terroir%u201D a group gathered by group biodynamic wine pioneer Nicolas Joly, from the Château de la Roche aux Moines in Savennières, in order to reaffirm the individuality and difference of biodynamic wines. Oenologists can only become a member after completing two years as a certified biodynamic vineyard. Meanwhile, Cook works closely with consultants from the Biodynamic Association, and has developed links with other cellars, certified by Demeter in Europe, such as Peter Jakob Kühn Weingut in the Rheingau, Germany.

 

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Albet i Noya Brut:  a byodinamic sparkling wine Cava a based on xarel·lo and parellada and 12.00º of alcohol content. 

 

 

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Aloers 2013:  is a byodinamic white wine Penedes which blend contains xarel·lo and parellada of 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 12º

 

 

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How are the wines of Sardinia

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The introduction of wine in Sardinia goes back many centuries ago and that is why it currently provides a wide range of wines, from reds to sparkling passing by whites. We must talk about the DO Alghero, that offers powerful wines, many of them enshrined in the Sella & Mosca winery, one of the most popular features transparent white, fine and pure Torbato grapes, ideal pink for summer as well as red with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and vernaccia di Oristano. As we see, a variety we can admire.

Among the best-known wines, we want to speak about the cannonau, which is produced in the eastern part of the island. He has DO and fills the mouth with a dry and powerful flavor, a ?must try? if we are on the island.

In the South, we recommend the Medio Campidano wines, with the Nuragus native varieties, and the Sardinian Monica.

Strangely, we can also find the Malvasia, a unique wine that we see in different Spanish regions. It also has the OD and is naturally sweet and dry. As elsewhere, are also perfect for desserts at the end of a great meal.

Next to Cannonau, Carignano is another of the popular wines of Sardinia. Basically made ??in the Sulcis area, it is known for its strong ruby color, very warm and full-bodied, usually taken with pastas, meats and sausages.

Other proposals of high quality wines on the island are the Mandrolisai, Moscato di Sorso and Sennori, or Vernaccia di Oristano, which also include designation of origin, and represent some of the most popular wines in Sardinia.

Do you want to buy a wine of Sardinia? Today we recommend:

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Mesa Buio Buio 2010

 

 

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Sella & Mosca Monteoro Vermentino Di Gallura Docg 2011