Piper-Heidsieck To Launch Essentiel

Piper-Heidsieck is launching a cuvee this September aimed at the champagne connoisseur and will be exclusive to the UK on-trade and select wine merchants.

Essentiel is a low-dosage offering at 5g/l compared to the Brut NV at 9/10g/l, and has received an additional 12-18 months of ageing. Additional information will be displayed on the label, such as, disgorgement and cellaring dates which will communicate that extra level of detail to an engaged champagne audience.

Chef de Caves, Régis Camus states:
“I am proud of this Extra-Brut cuvée which symbolises the essence of our champagnes. This extra-aged and lower dosage wine is the pure expression of Piper-Heidsieck style: a structured, crisp and ardent wine.”

Winemakers tasting notes: bright, crisp and firm, you can expect notes of citrus, grapes, crisp apple, almond and salinity.

Price – GBP37.99 (US$49) per bottle

Dom Pérignon Pop-Up at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, is celebrating summer in style with the launch of an exclusive Dom Pérignon Pop Up Bar in the Hotel’s lush garden.

Located in the hotel’s garden among the bougainvilleas, rosebays and hibiscus, the Dom Pérignon Pop Up Bar offers an ideal setting to enjoy a pre-dinner or post-dinner drink. The décor is themed after Dom Pérignon’s elegant black and gold colours in a chic and cosy spirit. Benches and chairs with comfortable cushions are set up in a lounge-styled atmosphere around a fountain while tables are lit by candles creating an utmost romantic feel. Guests can sip on Champagne and taste a selection of food pairings from Executive Chef Yoric Tièche while enjoying live music entertainment.

Two vintages will be poured: from P1 2006 and the P2 2000, both reflecting the exceptional savoir-faire of the brand. To pair with these exceptional vintages, Chef Yoric Tièche has created a selection of canapés combining Provençal flavours and sea influences.

The Dom Pérignon Pop-Up Bar is open from July 15 to September 16, 2017, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 pm, with live music atmosphere coming from the Grand-Hôtel’s terraces. No booking required.

• Glass of Dom Pérignon “P1” 2006: EUR 64 with food pairing
• Glass of Dom Pérignon “P2” 2000: EUR 78 with food pairing

To enhance their gastronomic experience, guests at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, may book the French Riviera Gourmet package including an aperitif at the Pop-Up Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar and a dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Cap. Reservations at + 33(0)4 93 76 50 50 or reservations.capferrat@fourseasons.com

http://www.fourseasons.com/capferrat/
https://www.domperignon.com/ww-en/

AperoVIP Event: Liz Palmer Book Signing + Champagne at The Spoke Club Rooftop

You are invited to a very special event on the rooftop of one of the most coveted private members’ club’s in Toronto, The Spoke Club!
The soiree will be all about champagne. While sipping your first glass of Perrier-Jouet, and enjoying the stunning views, the Award Winning Liz Palmer, author of The Ultimate Guide to Champagne, will talk about champagne and take questions on everything you always wanted to know on the topic! Liz will also take time to sign her book, which is a perfect gift for all champagne lovers. You can pre-purchase a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Champagne through Eventbrite or purchase it at the event. [*special event price]

ApéroChic – Afterwork Socialising with a French Touch
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM (EDT)

Discounted prices on Perrier-Jouet throughout the evening.

Sponsored by Perrier-Jouët Champagne
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Champagne is on a strong upswing in the U.S. market


Propelled by a new generation of highly aspirational consumers, Champagne is on a strong upswing in the U.S. market. Depletions have accelerated each of the past two years, advancing by 5% in 2016 to surpass 1.4 million cases, according to Impact Databank. Meanwhile, shipment value has exploded. Since 2010, Champagne shipments to the U.S. have grown by two-thirds—or about 11% annually—to reach €540 million ($607m) in 2016. Last year, the pace of value expansion slowed slightly, to 5%, and Champagne shipments’ per-case value dipped about 1%—but that marginal correction followed a breakout 2015 during which value had surged by 28%.

Champagne marketers are bullish on the category’s future prospects. “Whether it’s with Prosecco or another sparkler, younger consumers are starting to enjoy sparkling wines on more occasions,” says Bill Terlato, president and CEO of Terlato Wine Group, which markets the Piper-Heidsieck and Duval-Leroy Champagne brands. “If we get them involved with sparkling wine, eventually they’re going to start to want Champagne, which is the ultimate sparkling wine.

Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon, both imported by Moët Hennessy USA, continued to dominate the category in 2016, comprising 51% of the total U.S. Champagne market. Together, Moët Hennessy’s dynamic duo has expanded by more than 20% over the past three years, and is poised to break the 900,000-case threshold in combined volume this year. Two sweeter line extensions—Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial and Veuve Clicquot Rich—are appealing to younger consumers, according to Rodney Williams, CMO at Moët Hennessy USA. “Moët Ice was the first Champagne to launch at a higher dosage level, specifically to accommodate ice,” he says, noting that reception has been strong. Veuve Clicquot Rich ($63) is aimed at injecting Champagne into the mixology movement. “We believe these two innovations can take hold and create a whole new segment in the Champagne category,” Williams says. Moët Hennessy USA’s higher-end bubbly stable is also on the rise. Dom Perignon, ranked fifth in the market by volume despite a price point of above $160 a bottle, grew 4.3% to 61,000 cases last year.

Pernod Ricard’s Perrier-Jouët was the only top-five brand to register a consumption decline in 2016. The third-ranked Champagne brand slipped 3.6% to 77,000 cases in 2016, a drop that came on the heels of a 12% gain the year before. Nicolas Feuillatte, at number four, registered a 7.9% increase to 62,000 cases, regaining half the volume it had lost in 2015, when depletions slumped 16.2%. Overall, 12 of the top 20 Champagne brands in the U.S. market posted volume increases last year.

Aygline Pechdo, brand director, Champagne and sparkling at Pernod Ricard USA, says millennials are becoming key drivers of category volume. “The consumer base has diversified over the years and the consumption of Champagne is no longer reserved to the elite or older demographics,” Pechdo says. “In fact, most of the volume today is driven by ‘high-energy’ occasions, very much in line with millennials’ lifestyle and their desire to celebrate each day to its fullest—not just special occasions.”

Top 6 Champagne Brands in the U.S.
(thousands of nine-liter case depletions)

1 Veuve Clicquot Moet-Hennessy USA (LVMH)
2 Moet & Chandon Moet-Hennessy USA (LVMH)
3 Perrier-Jouet Pernod Ricard USA
4 Nicolas Feuillatte Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
5 Dom Perignon Moet-Hennessy USA (LVMH)
6 Piper Heidsieck Terlato Wines International

Sources: Shanken News; Impact Databank

Wine Review: Montecillo Crianza 2011


Varietals: Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%)
Region: Rioja, Spain
Producer: Bodegas Montecillo SA
Alcohol: 13.5%

This deep ruby wine features medium woody, spicy and fruity aromas; on the palate are flavors of cedar, vanilla and sweet, jammy red and black fruits; fleshy tannins with long length.

Suggested Food Pairing
This is a versatile food wine. Enjoy with spicy dishes, paella, tapas and beef stew.

89/100