No Image

Protests against nuclear dump in Champagne

19/10/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The association of champagne growers CIVC has gone to court in an effort to close the nuclear dump in Soulaines, 9km away from the champagne vineyards in the Côte de Bars. The CIVC requests that the Administrative Court in Châlons-en-Champagne cancels the permission to store low-level nuclear waste in Soulaines. The French atomic agency ANDRA received the permission in 2006. > Read more …

No Image

Duval-Leroy Launches First Champagne With Crown Cap

06/05/2009 Jozef Schildermans 2

The champagne house Duval-Leroy in Vertus (Marne) introduces a champagne crown stopper. The Maestro system Alcan Packaging Capsules is a classic crown cork with a ‘cap’ of aluminum and a lever. You open the bottle by vigorously pulling the lever. The champagnebottle is therefore much easier to open. Moreover, there is no risk of injury by a cork that shoots > Read more …

No Image

LVMH Denies Moët Hennessy Sale to Diageo

24/04/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

LVMH, the largest luxury group in the world, denies that it wants to sell its beverage division Moët Hennessy to Diageo. Moët Hennessy owns the prestigious champagne brands Krug, Moët, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon. Bernard Arnault, the main shareholder of LVMH, said in the Financial Times on April 22 that he “officially denies reports in certain newspapers today that > Read more …

No Image

Q4 2008 Worst In Champagne History

18/03/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

Official figures of the CIVC (Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) from early February confirm that 2008 was a difficult year for sales of champagne. In its press release, the CIVC speaks of “a break after a long period of growth”. The European sales of champagne fell last year by 6.6%. In the press release an increase in December is > Read more …

No Image

Belgian consumption of Champagne remains stable

13/03/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

The Belgian consumer remains loyal to champagne, says the Champagne-agency Belgium. Last year was the third best year overall for shipments of champagne to Belgium. A total of 9,910,158 bottles of champagne were imported in Belgium, a decrease of 0.4% in comparison with 2007, the best year ever for champagne shipments. Only 1999 was an even better year, with more > Read more …

No Image

Stable Results For Champagne Vranken-Pommery Monopole

05/02/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

Vranken-Pommery Monopole, the number two in the world for the production and distribution of Champagne, registered a stable turnover in 2008. Sales in Great-Brittain and the U.S. fell sharply in 2008, but rising sales in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland compensated this. The worldwide turnover in 2008 clocked in at 286.8 million euros, compared with 285.8 million euros in 2007. > Read more …

No Image

The history of champagne

17/11/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

Hingene, 21 november 2008, 20 uur. Lecture in Dutch on the history of champagne by Stefaan Van Laer, author of a book on champagne, followed by a tasting. Practical Information Friday 21 November 2008 Lecture starts at 20 uur, followed by degustation from 21 till 22.30 hours Kasteel d’Ursel, Wolfgang d’Urselstraat 9, 2880 Hingene (Bornem) Cost: 12 euro Info & > Read more …

No Image

1999 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

15/10/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

1999 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année – France, Champagne (10/8/2008) Toast, bread, yeast, marzipan on the beautiful, balanced and very vinous nose. Ripe yellow fruit, marzipan, toast on the ripe, long and deep palate. Very wine-like, needs food and shouldn’t be drunk too cold. Pour in a normal wine glass, not a flute! Might merit a higher score in time; > Read more …