Tag: champagne

Marking the MW moment

As Lenka Sedlackova (Sales and Marketing Manager of our wholesale arm) obtains her Master of Wine, the first of Czech origin to join the 343 in the world, we ask our MWs which bottle(s) they uncorked to celebrate the moment they passed the notoriously gruelling qualification. Lenka Sedlackova MW (Class of 2016) When I received […]

Champagne – better late-disgorged?

R.D., L.D. or D.T. – more and more Champagne bottles seem to be bearing these enigmatic acronyms, but what do they mean? We asked Champagne Specialist Edwin Dublin to explain what exactly late disgorgement is and why the trend has seized the industry. R.D., récemment dégorgé and dégorgement tardif all refer to that niche Champagne […]

Divide and rule

As Champagne alternatives rise in popularity, with English sparkling wine trickling into the mainstream, Cava continues to battle its low-quality image. Here Simon Field MW – our Buyer for both Spain and Champagne – formally introduces the wines of two quality-focused Cava houses producing superb wines. With apologies for the tired formula, it may be […]

The future of Prestige Cuvées

Ahead of Champagne Taittinger’s release of their 2006 Comtes de Champagne, Gareth Birchley – Fine Wine Buyer for Asia – looks into the future of the Champagne market’s most prized bottles, the Prestige Cuvées. The release of the very first Prestige Cuvées from the much-lauded 2002 vintage proved a perfect storm for the boom of […]