Category Archives: Champagne

Champagne grape production

I just found some notes I had jotted down during my recent trip to Champagne and thought I’d jot them here for posterity. Mostly the notes followed the trip around the Malakoff vineyards with Franck Mazy. Franck told us that … Continue reading

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Back to Blighty

It was a long trip today in the coach back north through northern France, then the tunnel. The weather was beautiful, hence terrible in a coach but I’m back in one piece having had a splendid trip. I’m unsure what … Continue reading

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Reims

The last afternoon of the SEVA trip to Champagne was more relaxed, with no hosted visits. Instead we had a huge lunch, followed by a waddle around the lovely small city of Reims (the cathedral is beautiful and highly recommended) … Continue reading

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Malakoff and Mazy

The final day of the SEVA trip to Champagne opened with a trip to Malakoff vineyard where we saw a lot of impressive machines used to tend their 150 hectares. More interesting was hearing about how new regulations are ensuring … Continue reading

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Foam collars and nucleation points

I was not alone being tired within the SEVA group as we started the early evening lecture session back at the hotel. Richard Marchal of Reims University presented on foam (the bubbles at the top of the glass, not the effervescence … Continue reading

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Nicolas Feuillatte

The afternoon’s visit saw us at Nicolas Feuillatte, the huge cooperative. The visit was characterised by the wow-factor. Ooohhhh what huge tanks you have. Aahhhhhh what huge and efficient machines you have. Yiiiikes how many bottle per year was that? In … Continue reading

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Champagne corks

This morning’s first visit on the SEVA Champagne trip was to Oller, a manufacturer of Champagne corks in Reims. I say manufacturer, but they actually accept the prefabricated pieces (discs and crumbles)  from their factory in Spain (where the cork … Continue reading

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