30 August, 2000

News August 2005

  • 04.08.2005: On top of Kentucky Fried Chicken there must also be Cristal champagne - top of the range from Louis Roederer - in the picnic-basket to keep rapper Eminem happy on tour, writes the British paper Daily Mirror. This kind of gossip news is also very good and absolutely free publicity for champagne. Not the least drinking habits of American pop- and rockstars have boosted the demand. Since 1990 the sales of champagne is up with 54 percent.

  • 10.08.2005: Moët & Chandon has put 15 hectares of vineyards in the department of Aisne up for sale. The prestigious producer wants to sell its Pinot Meunier, because this grape is not part of the blend of the Dom Pérignon champagne, which Moët & Chandon wants to concentrate on. The price per hectare is around 650.000 euro or around 4,9 million Danish crowns. On top of the vineyard you need a certificate to be a farmer in France as well. To consider, if not already the financial part of starting up as a winegrower has caused you problems.

  • 12.08.2005: LThe farming statistics from Agreste under the French ministry of agriculture confirms what we have been able to see in the vinyards ourselves for at long time. The plants carry less fruits than in 2004, the year that beat all records.
    Aisne190 (211)179 (192)
    Aube553 (635)518 (558)
    Marne2.068 (2.437)1.899 (2.045)
    The unit is 1000 hectolitres and the number covers AOC-wines, that is champagne and a few others from the three departements.

  • 18.08.2005:A banker from an investment bank in Monaco has spend more than 21.000 pounds on expensive champagnes, that he splashed out in a club in London. After the wet night out the banker was charged 15.000 pounds extra for the cleaning. How many of the expensive drops of the Cristal, Dom Pérignon and Cristal Rosé champagnes that were actually drunk, is not known. But this kind of vandalism certainly keeps the gilt-edged name of champagne going. And as a spokesperson from the London-club says, that kind of thing happens all the time in Monaco and St Tropez. In Champagne that kind of bottles are normally drunk.

  • 31.08.2005: Citizens in the little village Fontaine-sur-Aÿ close to river Marne, have been authorized to put down some of the fruittrees on their côtes to replace them with wine. It is rare though that new land is planted with wine, and since the demand for champagne has grown a lot during the last 10-15 years, the demand for soil has risen equally, currently almost touching the skies. It is the
    CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, a body of both winegrowers and winemakers), that decides any extensions considering climate, geology and the age of the applicant.

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