Boutique Champagne House of Boizel – A Small Champagne House Which Has Survived The Test of Time

In our world of mergers and takeovers, there are few champagne houses with the original founding family still overseeing the day-to-day business. The house of Boizel, run by the fifth generation of the founder, is a hidden gem. Well known in France as a mail-order specialist, you can now buy Boizel at a shop near you.

The Boizel story began in 1834, when a very young married couple, Auguste and Julie Boizel, decided to set up their own house, under their own name which was quite unusual.

It was a very difficult time with fragile bottles, weak glass and irregular bubbles – half of their bottles used to burst.

Fast forward 176 years, and the Boizels are still in Epernay. Evelyne Roques-Boizel, a graduate in History and Museology, works from their prestigious address on the majestic Avenue de Champagne; with husband, Christophe Roques, a trained engineer, as Boizel’s hands-on winemaker. Eldest son, Florent, returns from New Zealand and a three-year stint with Chapoutier in the Rhone – to join the family business in July.

You may have tasted one of their champagnes before, without realizing it. Evelyne sells 500,000 bottles under Boizel Champagne – but she also sells another 500,000 bottles as “own labels” or BOB (buyer’s own brands).

If you have ever tried Justerini & Brooks’ Sarcey Brut NV or Sainsbury’s own label Demi Sec NV, you will have sampled one of the family’s champagnes.

“Our aim is simplicity, authenticity and balance”, says Evelyne. Taste wise, their champagnes are light, Chardonnay-dominated: so might well appeal to Taittinger or Laurent Perrier lovers.

As is typical in champagne, Boizel own just a few hectares. Ninety five per cent of grapes are supplied by long-term grower contracts.

I was generally impressed with Boizel’s range. I particularly liked ultimo, chardonnay, demi-sec and long-lived prestige cuvee joyau de France.

The vintage 2000 was vastly superior to the standard brut non-vintage, which was the only one which lacked depth. This year, Evelyne will launch a new blanc de noirs non-vintage and a new vintage of her improving oaked vintage cuvee sous Bois.

The Scotsman

US Champagne Sales Start To Sparkle Again

WASHINGTON — US champagne sales are bubbling, with strong gains in the first two months of the year, according to the trade group for the producers.

The US Champagne Bureau, part of the French-based CIVC trade group, said January 2010 shipments rose 22.5 percent and February’s surged 95 percent year-over-year.

“Almost two million bottles were shipped to the US in the first two months of this year,” said the trade group’s communications director Daniel Lorson on Friday.

“This is encouraging. These are dramatic increases, especially compared to last year where we felt the full impact of the financial crisis.”

While champagne sales are just one sign of economic health, shipments to the US fell 27 percent last year and nine percent worldwide, according to the group.

The US remains a top market for bubbly, but consumption by Americans is one-ninth of that in France, the Champagne Bureau said.

The trade continues to press for a US law that would limit the use of the name champagne to wines grown in the designated region of northeast France.

French producers have introduced a lighter bottle for the drink, which Lorson said cuts about two ounces (55 grams) and reduces the carbon footprint for bottlers.

This will reduce carbon output by 2,000 metric tonnes annual, “equivalent to the annual emissions of 4,000 cars,” he said.

The new bottle should arrive in the US for 2011 and 2012 vintages, the group said.

La Route du Champagne en fete 2010 Cote des Bar! 24 en 25 juli

Starts: Saturday July 24, 2010, 08:00AM
Ends: Sunday July 25, 2010, 05:00PM
Location: La Route du Champagne en fete 2010 Cote des Bar! 24 en 25 juli rue de la gare 10 Landreville,
CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE 10110 FR
Intended For: Everybody who is interested in Champagne
Organization: Association Pour la Promotion du Vignoble Champenois

On this route you get a Champagne glass and that is your ticket to visit the wineries; entertainment, music, food and beverage, helicopter flight above the fields

www.vignoble-champagne.com

Top Five Champagne Bars in London

Traveling to London this year… why not stop by and visit one of the top five Champagne Bars!

This list was created by Elly Webster of The Handbook (www.thehandbook.co.uk):

1) Beaufort House

2) St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar

3) Mews Of Mayfair

4) Boundary

5) Kettners

Let us know your favorite/s?


Beaufort House

The LIWF Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary In One Week – List of Attending Champagne Houses

One of the world’s most important wine trade events for importers, merchants, producers, agents, restaurateurs, wholesalers, sommeliers, in fact everyone whose work brings them in direct contact with wine and spirits, no other event offers the same opportunity to taste, meet with suppliers and winemakers and get down to business as the LIWF. This year’s event has over 50 tastings, seminars and masterclasses to explore.

LIST OF ATTENDING CHAMPAGNE HOUSES

Champagne Denis Robert, Rosé Brut, NV, Vallée de la Marne
Champagne Hampagne Baron Albert, Carte D’Or Brut, NV
Champagne Baron Albert, Cuvee A.L, Blanc de Blanc Brut, NV,
Champagne Dehu Pere et Fils, Champagne Tradition Brut, NV
Champagne Dehu Pere et Fils, Champagne Grande Reserve Brut, NV
Champagne Dehu Pere et Fils, Champagne Rose Prestige, NV
Champagne Dehu Pere et Fils, Champagne Millesime 1998
Champagne Dehu Pere et Fils, Champagne Cuvee Leon Lhermitte
Champagne Collet, Champagne Collet Brut, NV
Champagne Collet, Champagne Collet Brut GRAND ART, NV
Champagne Collet, Champagne Collet Blanc de Blancs, NV
Champagne Collet, Champagne Collet Brut Rosé, NV
Champagne Collet, Champagne Collet Extra Brut, NV
Champagne Collet, Champagne Collet Brut Millésime, 2002
Champagne Collet, Champagne Collet Demi-Sec, NV
Champagne Jean Comyn, Champagne Harmonie Brut, NV
Champagne Jean Comyn, Champagne Harmonie Rosé Brut, NV, Champagne
Champagne Jean Comyn, Champagne Harmonie Chardonnay Brut, NV
Champagne Jean Comyn, Champagne Symphonie Millésimé Brut, 2004
Champagne Jean Comyn, Champagne Opus Blanc de Blancs Millésimé Brut, 2004

THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL WINE FAIR IS STRICTLY TRADE ONLY

ExCel, London

Wine Fair Opening Times:

Tues 18th May
9.30 – 18.00
Weds 19th May
9.30 – 18.00
Thurs 20th May
9.30 – 17.00