Champagne 2011 exports reached their second highest volume in 5 years

Champagne exports 2011 reached their second highest volume in five years – with sales close to the peak of 2007. Exports in 2011 were up by 5.1%, rising to a total of 141.2m bottles, the second largest volume ever achieved behind 2007 and only 9.5m bottles less than this peak, according to the latest statistics just released by Champagne’s governing body CIVC.

However because of a slight downturn in domestic sales in France, where the market weakened towards the end of the year, total sales figures rose by just over 1%, to 322.97m bottles.

The best performers in emerging markets were Russia (up 24.5%), China (up 19.4%), and Hong Kong (up 15.1%) – the rate of growth slowed in the second half of 2011; these three markets between them account for 4.1m bottles.

Top performer in emerging markets was India at 58.7% – total shipments to this market reached 290,286 bottles.

Shipments to Belgium and Germany both rose by 8.5% – the best results achieved within Europe.

Shipments to the USA recovered well, rising by 14.4% to 19.4m bottles – still short of the historic peak of 23.2m bottles in 2006.

Shipments to Australia rose to 4.86m bottles.

Michel Letter, head of G.H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouët, said, ‘2011 was the third best year ever after 1999 and 2007 with total shipments reaching 323m bottles, not bad considering the worldwide economic situation.’

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

Academy Awards: The “Moet Red Carpet Glamour” is unveiled as the exclusive Champagne cocktail for the Governors Ball

Moet & Chandon, the Champagne of success and glamour since 1743, announces the winner of the inaugural Moet Oscar Cocktail Contest. The legendary Champagne House congratulates Chicago native Adam Seger, whose “Moet Red Carpet Glamour” cocktail dazzled a panel of expert judges and social media experts. The Moet Red Carpet Glamour cocktail was selected for its originality, taste and popularity and will be brought to life at the 2012 Governors Ball, the after-party of the 84th Academy Awards®.

The Moet Red Carpet Glamour captures the essence of Hollywood glamour with exquisite notes of heady cardamom and kaffir lime that develop a refreshing and harmonious taste. This winning cocktail was chosen for its combination of the Hum® botanical spirit with Moet & Chandon Imperial, which highlights the flavor profile of Champagne while truly celebrating the elegance of the Academy Awards.

“The Moet Red Carpet Glamour cocktail will be a gorgeous addition to this year’s Governors Ball,” said Aida Mollenkamp, Moet & Chandon’s Award Season home entertaining expert. “The cocktail is intriguing and innovative yet still allows the flavor of the Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne to shine.”

Aida Mollenkamp has joined Moet & Chandon as this year’s home entertaining expert in a new Oscar season collaboration. The acclaimed chef and culinary curator, known for her signature combinations of fresh, seasonal ingredients and use of ethnic flavours.

Moet Red Carpet Glamour Cocktail Recipe:

• Fill a chilled Champagne flute 1/2 way with ice.
• Stir 1 ounce of fresh squeezed Sour Mix and Hum® Botanical Spirit with fresh ice.
• Strain into flute to fill 1/2 way.
• Top with Moet & Chandon Imperial.
• Garnish with a single rose petal.
• Continually refresh as you wish with Moet & Chandon Imperial as the Champagne will float on top of the Hum Sour, but its effervescence will deliver Hum’s heady cardamom & Kaffir lime notes.
• Fresh Squeeze Sour Mix Preparation: Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water until sugar is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup fresh lime juice and 1 cup fresh lemon juice and refrigerate.

As winner of the 2012 Moet Oscar Cocktail Contest, Adam Seger and a guest will receive an exciting behind-the-scenes Oscar weekend, including a three-night stay at the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live, round-trip airfare on United Airlines, car service, tickets to the Governors Ball Preview Event, red carpet bleacher seats at the Fan Experience Red Carpet Arrival and Viewing Party on Oscar Sunday and access to the official Oscar viewing party at El Capitan.

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

Moët & Chandon launches Moët Rosé Impérial at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Love was in the air as Moët & Chandon enthusiasts gathered at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week to launch the limited edition Moët Rosé Impérial “Tag Your Love” bottle pack.

Fashionistas and socialites sipped flutes of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial and declared their feelings towards loved ones through personalized champagne bottles.

Reflecting the brand’s fun and flirty style, the iconic Moët Rosé Impérial bottle is dressed in pink and comes with a marker.

“In true Moët & Chandon style, the limited edition Rosé Impérial ‘Tag Your Love’ bottle is given a fresh take, while still representing the unique characteristics discovered within the bottle,” enthused Frederick Noyere, managing director of Moët Hennessy Diageo Malaysia. “Moët’s signature bottles will always be synonymous as tributes to special events, and we can’t think of a better time to launch this limited edition bottle.”

With a background of symphony music, guests were privy to delectable strawberries and jazz vocals by Poova.

Rosé Impérial is touted as a seductive expression, combining the intensity of Pinot Noir, the fruitiness of Pinot Meunier and the finesse of Chardonnay. It is distinguished by heady, sensual aromas; a lively bouquet of fresh summer berries with floral nuances and a light peppery touch.

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

Franco Stalteri on Champagne Charlie Burger ….. by Liz Palmer

If you’ve heard of Charlie’s Burgers, the stories have most likely been shrouded in mystery and intrigue. This auspicious, boundary-pushing, word-of-mouth popup-dining destination is the brainchild of Toronto resident Franco Stalteri.

I’m sitting down with Franco to discuss his latest venture “Champagne Charlie Burger” late December. Our meet-up took place at 416 Snack Bar one of his haunts and apparently a lively after-hours chefs’ hangout. The place is dark and sultry with the odd flicker of candle light and comfortable enough to interview and sip a glass or two of champagne without much notice.

Franco is probably one of the most stylish, driven, and savvy guys you’ll ever meet in Toronto and as Vice President, Brand Experiences at Your Brand Integrated Marketing Communications, he’s industry-connected!

LP -Tell me about Champagne Charlie Burger and the concept?

FS -Charlie’s Burgers has been around for over 3 ½ years and I thought it would be good idea to bring Champagne as an added feature to our events.

It’s been a one-year project from sourcing the house/grower, an agent and designing the label.

I found a champagne grower who was intrigued with my dining concept and the thought of combining it with champagne – he was willing to try something new.

LP -You sealed the deal and Champagne Charlie was born!

Franco presents Champagne Charlie Burger Blanc de Blancs Brut NV and strategically pours the champagne into my flute and his – we continue the conversation. I decline to eat as my focus was on the conversation and tasting notes.

LP -I’m very excited to hear …which are in the Champagne region, which classification, and which grower?

I pull out a map of the region.

FS -The village of Oger as he writes on the map. It’s located in the department of Marne, region of Champagne-Ardenne, and in district of Épernay.

Henry de Vaugency is an eighth-generation Champagne grower and family-owned.

All of the grapes are sourced from their own Grand Cru vineyards –They has over 12 hectares of prime 1er Cru vines scattered over ten villages with predominately chardonnay grapes.

The production is onsite, including pressing, bottling, ageing, disgorging and labelling.

LP -Can you tell me some historical facts on this house?

FS -This house started in 1732 and is still family-run, and I believe the cellars date back to the 18th century.

LP -What about Champagne Charlie Burger?

FS -It’s a very good quality Champagne, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blanc, with a blend of 01/02 and 03 vintages. It’s been cellar-aged for five years.

We have used it at some of our events and it’s been quite successful with guests.
Champagne Charlie Burger can be served as an aperitif, with appetizers, dinner or with dessert!
Sales are word-of-mouth and we are now on our 5th shipment.

LP -What are you pricing it at?

FS -A fair market price of $67.00 CDN

LP -So, what’s next for Franco Stalteri?

FS -I’m working on something exciting for February – watch and see!

TASTING NOTES:

VISUAL ASPECT: Brilliant colour and golden tints; fine lively bubbles with plenty of finesse.

NOSE: Notes of honey and green apple stand out, followed by complex citrus aromas; nicely mellow overall impression of a pure chardonnay that has aged for several years.

ON THE PALATE: Very fresh, confirming the rich bouquet; lively yet delicate in the attack, followed by a long-lasting finish; good balance between vinosity and elegance.

Champagne Charlie Burger.. A brilliant effort 93/100

Charlie Burger Champagne is available through
www.charliesburgers.ca
http://twitter.com/CharliesBurgers

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Limited Edition Armand de Brignac Champagne Truffles – Created by the Chocolate Luxury Truffle Chocolatiers


Armand de Brignac the No. 1 Champagne in the world has collaborated with luxury truffle chocolatiers, the Chocolate, to produce the ultimate taste of luxury for Valentine’s Day, ‘Limited Edition Armand de Brignac Champagne Truffles Created by the Chocolate’

Armand de Brignac Champagne is a limited-production prestige cuvée that is produced by award-winning Champagne Cattier house of Chigny-les-Roses, France. The Cattier family has owned and cultivated vineyards in the Montagne de Reims terroir in the French Champagne region since 1763.

Created exclusively for Valentine’s Day, the bespoke handmade truffles are crafted using 63% Toscano Black, sourced from a small, family-run team of artisan chocolate makers based outside the Italian historic city of Pisa. The family prides themselves on their focus and desire to create the best chocolate in the world, and it comes as no surprise that they were awarded the prestigious ‘Golden Bean’ Best Bean to Bar award by the revered Academy of Chocolate.

The family uses a traditional granite stone mill to refine the cocoa beans and the ganache is created using a mixture of cocoa, cream and Armand de Brignac Champagne. At the final stage, the 15 truffles are flaked with edible 24-carat gold, enclosed in a bespoke boutique box featuring an edible pure 24-carat gold inlay, which has been designed to compliment Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne.

A bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is also included and is presented in a black lacquer wooden box, fitted with an engraved nameplate and lined in black velvet.

Armand de Brignac and the Chocolate perfectly complement each other through their creative passion, use of traditional methods, approach to craftsmanship and their desire to create the best! These characteristics make the Limited Edition Armand de Brignac Champagne Truffles created by the Chocolate the perfect Valentine’s gift – for her and for him.


This bespoke gift is only available in the UK for a limited period, and can be purchased from www.the-chocolate.com for £400. Delivery of this unique hand-made product is within five days or can be expressed for specific delivery date.

Liz Palmer
@champagnehouses