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Obtain this exclusive bottle of Francois Lavergne Classic Rosé NV Champagne and we will donate £5 to NHS Charities.
– Plus 10% off a tasting or other event run by Fine Champagne Experience and advertised on this site.
– And 50% off a glass of champagne at one of our listed public events where we have a trade stand.

François Lavergne is an Artisan producer from the south of the Champagne region with vineyards in Talus-Saint-Prix. François is a celebrated winemaker who has a rich history in champagne production and has developed a number of cuvées using a combination of dosages to create a ‘classic’ and a ‘light’ style for both Brut and Rosé Champagnes. Highly recommended.

Bonus offers listed above: Anyone ordering will receive a unique code for use when purchasing a ticket for any event against a tasting or which can be presented at our trade stand for a glass of champagne.

Obtain this exclusive bottle of Gold Medal winning Francois Lavergne Classic Brut NV Champagne with a 25% discount including postage.
– Plus 10% off a tasting or other event run by Fine Champagne Experience and advertised on this site.
– And 50% off a glass of champagne at one of our listed public events where we have a trade stand.

François Lavergne is an Artisan producer from the south of the Champagne region with vineyards in Talus-Saint-Prix. François is a celebrated winemaker who has a rich history in champagne production and has developed a number of cuvées using a combination of dosages to create a ‘classic’ and a ‘light’ style for both Brut and Rosé Champagnes. Highly recommended.

Bonus offers listed above: Anyone ordering will receive a unique code for use when purchasing a ticket for any event against a tasting or which can be presented at our trade stand for a glass of champagne.

We are reproducing the excellent blog by Andrew Jefford of the Wine Scholar Guild which focuses on Wine Trends in 2020 and in particular trends in Champagne wine cellars; we are also including comment from Pete Pedrick of the Champagne Collection Limited and The Fine Champagne Experience in relation to Artisan champagnes.  

Key trends in Champagne wine cellars

The two key trends in Champagne wine cellars concern the extent to which oxidative or reductive wine-making processes are used in winemaking, and the level of sweetening added to wine in the liqueur de dosage with which champagne wines are finished after disgorgement.

There is no doubt that some level of controlled oxidation during champagne wine-making and ageing techniques can add complexity to the finished wine. Examples from leading houses would include the use of wood-fermented base and reserve wines in the creation of complex blends such as Krug’s Grand Cuvée, or the ageing of reserve wines under cork at Bollinger. Many leading champagne growers (notably the celebrated Anselme Selosse) make comprehensive use of wood (and, more recently, clay jars).

However, the majority of champagne is still produced in a manner which protects the wine from oxygen throughout its journey to the glass, though key winemakers such as Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon of Roederer stress that this is not a ‘reductive’ style. He describes his wines as having ‘a spring bouquet, not an autumn bouquet. We don’t like oxidation at Roederer; we want everything pristine. No reduction, no oxidation: as if it came from the vineyard.’

Champagne is also getting dryer: Extra Brut and Brut Nature champagnes (6 g/l or less) have seen sales grow 35.4% by volume over the last decade, with levels of growth of these styles of champagne particularly strong in export markets and among champagne connoisseurs. Key ‘Brut’ brands are getting dryer, too. Dom Pérignon formerly contained 10 g/l sugar after dosage; now it is 7 g/l, with 5 g/l for Oenothèque releases.

Looking at the Artisan champagne sector, Pete Pedrick, of The Champagne Collection Ltd and The Fine Champagne Experience, comments on the distinctive champagnes offered by Francois Lavergne, ‘the Brut, Classic, the Brut Light, the Rose Classic and the Rose Light, are subject to a longer ageing process, ensuring depth and maturity whilst still delivering freshness and a fruit filled taste. The difference between the Classic and the Light cuvees is the dosage – the amount of sugar added to the wines. For the Classic cuvees, the dosage is 9g/l, whilst for the Light a dosage of just 4g/l is used. The lower dosage makes the Light champagnes slightly drier but the freshness and fruitiness still remains.  Artisan producers such as Francois have the scope to be more adventurous than the Grand Marques which is why there are so many different styles and flavours on offer. It’s a world worth exploring!’

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