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Champagne sales decline

Penalised by a further decline in France and the United Kingdom, champagne sales fell in 2018 to their lowest level since 2004 in the number of bottles shipped from the cellars.

For the first time in a hundred years, volumes sold in France were lower than those sold for export outside the EU.

The decline in volume is becoming a little worrying, the decline in France and the United Kingdom is not offset by the rise of large export;” said Jean-Marie Barillère, co-chairman of the CIVC.

The appellation, which sold 301.9 million bottles last year, a figure down 1.8%, however managed to stabilize its turnover at a record level of 4.9 billion euros ( + 0.3%) reached in 2017, according to figures released March 17 by the Interprofessional Champagne Wine Committee (CIVC).

In France, sales continued their slide in a sluggish economic environment and leaded at the end of the year by the movement of Yellow vests.




American designer dresses Moët & Chandon Champagne

The decision of Virgil Abloh (37) to style a limited-edition bottle for the 275-year-old legendary Moët & Chandon Champagne came as a surprise to many fans of the American designer, who made a name in ultra modern fashion.

However Abloh himself does not consider the choice as contradictory to his artistic credo. “They approached me saying they had an opportunity to work on a special edition of their Champagne and I thought it interesting—so I agreed,” Abloh explains his interest in a legendary wine house. “For me, Moët is the best in class, you know. It’s an authentic product with an authentic history, you know, all the elements—that usually intrigues me to think of ideas.”

The designer dressed two editions of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé “ready-to-wear” bottle, which be available for sale, and a three-liter Jeroboam, which will be exclusively destined  to family and friends. Both collections will be released on October 15—with the 750ml priced at $60.

This year African-American from  Illinois Virgil Abloh has every  reason to raise a glass of Champagne to celebrate life becoming an artistic director for mensware of French legendary Louis Vuitton‘s fashion house.



Art of serving Champagne

Slightest change in temperature can affect your experience of a champagne, flavour even more than with still wines. What is the ideal serving temperature for champagne?


Fluctuations seem to change the flavour of sparkling wine to an extend the whole tasting menus have been constructed based on this concept –  different dishes have been matched to the same champagne at different temperatures. What are there rules for the temperatures serving champaigne?
Champagne served glasses
Champagne has always been served to French nobility fairly cool from times it first appeared in the early 18th century.  The fashionable drinking temperature in the beginning was from 6 to 8º C, and the bottles were kept in coolers filled with ice water. Those days it had a lot of sugar added to it, and to reduce the sweetness in taste it became fashionable to drink it ‘frappé‘ at around a very chilly 3º C . As the produces diminished sugar levels in champagne, it became interesting to serve it at higher temperatures, and nowadays we consume the drink chilled almost as much as the very first fans.
It is generally acknowledged that more complex the champagne is higher is the temperature of  the consumption. Dom Pérignon with its exquisite, elegant wines is one of the Champagne houses to have experimented a few times with temperature and food matching to a startling effect. The complexity and richness of Krug make it another interesting contender for temperature experiments.
There are many different styles of champagne from rich and biscuit, to crisp and clean, to red-fruited rosé and the entire palette inbetween. Whatever the style of the sparkling is with lower  temperature more mineral, sappy and fresh the wine will appear. Cool temperatures also mask sweetness and bitterness. By contrast, all flavours become richer and more exuberant as the wine gradually warms up in the glass and becomes more exposed to oxygen.
Moet et Chandon bottle glasses
Most fridges are preserving temperature around 7ºC but a champagne served straight from the fridge will not be showing many of its most subtle aromas and flavours. The ideal tasting temperature for most non-vintage brands such as Moët & Chandon Brut Non Vintage or the Mercier Brut Non Vintage, is between 8 and 10º C.
More complex champagne such as Dom Pérignon or vintage Moët & Chandon however, show its best a little warmer – between 10 and 12º C as the extra couple of degrees reveal their extra aroma and flavour nuances. With a particularly rich style of champagne such as Krug, one could start a little cooler and drink between 9 and 12ºC.
For rosé champagne  the same guidelines are used as for white champagne, serving from 8°C to  10ºC for non-vintage, or a touch warmer at 10 and 12ºC  for vintage versions, so their complexity of flavour to be enjoyed as tis fullest.
Beyond 12ºC, a champagne will be showing the maximum amount of fruit and body so if it is matching  dessert that’s not too sweet, serving it between 13 and 15ºC  would be the best.

Ruinart Rosé champagne perfection

Just imagine 250 years ago, when a champagne with an unparalleled taste and colour was tasted for the very first time: the Œil de perdrix champagne , now known as Ruinart Rosé champagne.
Just imagine what those refined diners experienced when they discovered this champagne with its extraordinary colour. Flamboyant pink. How could a grand champagne house be so bold?

Ruinart Rosé was first brought to market in 1764. It was an instant success, not only in France, but beyond its borders as well. It grew quickly in popularity throughout Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy, then across Europe and in other continents.

It’s no accident that Maison Ruinart was founded in the Age of Enlightenment. It was a time when sophistication and philosophical thought took on huge importance, as well as the constant search for beauty, goodness and greater understanding.

Maison Ruinart was created in 1729, and its champagne was an integral part of the distinguished Enlightenment period. Elegance and finesse. Freshness and lightness.
The Chardonnay grape has shaped the signature of the Maison Ruinart. This delicate and demanding variety expresses itself through each of the Maison’s cuvées.

Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims make up 45% of the Ruinart Rosé blend.
This variety is so delicate and fragile that it takes specific know-how and a slow ripening process before it can reveal its delicacy and intensity.
Only the perfect mastery of this process allows the grapes to express the freshness of its citrus, floral, grapefruit, mint and rose aromas.
There is no room for error when revealing the characteristic delicacy and luminosity of this variety.
Unswerving dedication is required to achieve the unique character and aromatic freshness of Ruinart Rosé that is an integral part of Maison Ruinart.

Ruinart Rosé is composed of 55% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne, and 16% to 18% of that variety is made into red wine.
Powerful Pinot Noir brings body and roundness to the inimitable blend that creates this champagne. Close your eyes. Breathe in the aromas. And find freshly picked red berries: cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry.
Nose the wine again and enjoy the exotic notes of rose, pomegranate, lychee and guava.
And in the wake of these red berries and tropical fruit come the spicy notes of tonka bean and nutmeg.

Effervescence and intensity. Success and voluptuousness. Fruity notes that exude exoticism and singularity. Freshness and delicacy. Ruinart Rosé strikes an elegant balance, with its visual, aromatic, and flavoursome complexity.

And the balance of this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend brings Ruinart Rosé champagne into perfect equilibrium.

Champagne toast to Antarctica!

Imagine a landscape that only a handful of people will ever get to see in their lifetime, then imagine flying to it on a specially commissioned jet and landing on a custom-carved ice runway to experience hours and hours of continuous daylight. This is Antarctica. Relax in an exclusive luxury camp – for a maximum of 12 guests – and enjoy your choice of activities, from leisurely treks or ice climbing to penguin visits and ice-tunnel exploration.

Indulge in signature Clos19 meals and toast it all with our fine champagnes, wines and spirits.  Do as little or as much as you like on this eight-day Clos19 tour of Antarctica. Get in touch, and a tour specialist will help you design your perfect trip. Please note that all dates and planned activities may vary and are subject to weather conditions in Antarctica.

Clos19 Champ


Antarctica – 28 November to 6 December 2019

Antarctica, warm up with exciting activities, fine foods and Clos19 tastings. Your experience includes:

  • Airport transfers to your hotel on arrival in Cape Town.
  • Flights from Cape Town to Antarctica on a specially commissioned jet.
  • A day with emperor penguins at Atka Bay.
  • A chance to explore brilliant blue ice waves and tunnels.
  • A visit to a Russian science base, ending with a relaxing sauna.
  • A gastronomic experience without compare – sumptuous Clos19 signature feasts and tastings of our iconic champagnes, wines and spirits.
  • Flights to the South Pole, the southernmost place on Earth, to explore the polar plateau.
  • All accommodation, guides, travel, and food and drink in Antarctica.
  • The use of key items of polar clothing as outlined on our equipment list.



Ruinart to sparkle your great moments

Great bottles are like beautiful tableware: Ruinart guards them like the most priceless of objects. There’s just never an occasion that feels perfect enough, a moment that feels spectacular enough, except if…you decide to make any moment the precious one you’ve been waiting for.

There are many ideal occasions for savoring one of Maison Ruinart cuvées, flavors and emotions included.


‘Little extra love’ with Champagne Ruinart

For 2018 la Maison Ruinart  wishes you impromptu, candle-lit dinners filled with Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. Inspiring friendships. Big moments but also small, wondrous, surprising ones. We wish you walks in high winds, followed by fireside afternoons over a bottle of Rosé. We wish you unexpected calls, chance meetings, and stories that meet in the middle. We wish you bubbles that sparkle. Encounters that shine. More than anything, we wish you a year filled with truth and sweetness, a year of great happiness and a little extra love.

Intensely aromatic and fresh, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is the maison’s signature champagne, created with 100% chardonnay from terroirs in Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims.

Blended from the harvest of various years to ensure consistent quality, this blanc de blancs champagne is a classic example of the style – smooth with a characteristic luminosity.
Ruinart enjoy