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

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

Bud break In Champagne-Ardenne (Aube)

A new cycle is under way – the vines are budding vigorously. The winter has been long and cold, with a very short spring this year. The current weather is more summer-related, and the sudden growth of the vegetation is exceptional – local growers believe unprecedented!

To date, there has been no frost this year and it looks like it will hold off – the traditional wait is May 11, 12 or 13 (days renowned for potential frost – Saints de Glace).

The buds look like brilliant green butterflies on the vines. The clusters are beginning to appear and the campaign of protection against mildew will be commencing soon…..a new cycle is under way….

Photography by Ryan Ebner