Taste Champagne – Melbourne – Tyson Stelzer

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Oct 152015

Monday October 12th at Black Events Melbourne.

There were two sessions – Trade first then public in the evening.

There was a mix of the usual big house brands, small house brands and growers.

Sadly across all market segments, big house and growers we saw variations in integrity. Some cuvees were fresh and some were clearly tired old poorly stored stock. Certainly very obvious across the big brands, but even some grower Champagnes were old and tired.

Getting information as to cuvee composition was hit and miss. Some reps knew everything and some new nothing and had to refer to Tyson’s book to work out the facts. But still it was a fun event.

We are still seeing numerous wines being disgorged at way too high dosage levels. Though there are some nice trends among the big houses to produce extra-brut cuvees finally.


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Champagne Group tasting – August 3rd 2015

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Aug 062015

1995 Bollinger Grande Annee
A slightly evolved style – a nice drink but maybe not in pristine condition.

2000 Launois Maxime BdB
Very pure and intense, classic Chardonnay from a great village. Long and subtle with the dosage perfectly integrated.

1996 Guy Charlemagne Mesnillesime BdB
There has been some bottle variation in the past, but this bottle was in spectacularly good shape. Powerful and intense, very pure and long, and all held in check with lovely acidity.

2001 Boulard Les Rachais Chardonnay
Quite a funky evolved style, mineral, sherbet, a little strange.

1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion BdB
Spectacular, perfect condition, real purity and great length. Mineral and chalk.

2002 Boulard Millesime
Round and rich, showing some Pinot characters, a nice drink.

1998 Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale BdB
Spectacular wine, shows white fruits and hint of pears. Unctuous and long.

2005 Laherte Autrefois Meunier
Beautiful youthful style. Lovely balance and richness.

1999 Marc Hebrart Special Club
1999 was a warm ripe year, but this shows none of that. Intense and pure. Lovely.

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Champagne 2014 Export Statistics Analysis – focusing on Australia and growers

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Jul 032015

Just a few observations on Champagne Export statistics. Here we have graphs showing different perspectives. You can click on the graphs for a larger popup version.  First, the total bottle statistics for top ten counties.

Here we have the total volumes shipped with Australia coming 6th in total volume. Italy and Spain are still in some financial difficulties and have slipped behind Australia. Belgium  is huge for its population of only 11,000,000 and this would not include the number of bottles bought by the ‘weekend Champagne tourist’. It is only a half day drive to the Champagne region from Belgium and they stock up big time with these statistics being recorded as an ‘in France’ sale. Also German and Italian tourists would stock up also. Japan’s consumption is quite miserly given their population of 127 million. Average per capita wine consumption for Japan is 2.6 litres compared to Belgium’s 26 – yes the Belgians drink 10 times more. This would imply that Japan has terrific future market expansion potential.

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Jacques Lassaigne – Montgueux

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Feb 182013
Emmanuel Lassaigne

Montgueux is a remarkable wine region – totally unique in its structural makeup. Classified as being in the ‘Cote des Bars’ region which can be often further colloquially known as the ‘Aube’ – but in fact it has little in common with that Pinot Noir producing area. Montgueux is a tiny hill of pure chalk 100kms south of Epernay-12 kms north west of Troyes. The eonologist Daniel Thibaut described Montgueux as ‘the Montrachet of the Champagne country’ with 186 hectares of vines planted to 85% Chardonnay with a perfect south easterly aspect. Topsoils with a depth of 1 metre and chalk to a depth of 60 metres. The chalk here has numerous outcrops of silex – adding to the spicy mineral complexities of the wines.
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Hello world!

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Feb 172013

Welcome to Champagne de Vigneron.   Soon – lots of info about growers to visit, places to eat, where to stay, places to visit and educational videos – all about the Champagne region and its wines.

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