Last week, The Real Grape hosted it's Summer Champagne Tasting. Hosted at Cass Business in the City of London, we welcomed four Champagne Houses who came to showcase some of the very best cuvées. Check out some pictures from the event here.
Guests were welcomed with a glasse of champagne followed by introductions to each of the champagne houses, where their history, brand and vineyard practices were presented. Guests had the opportunity to meet the wine makers, taste their cuvées and learn more about their region in Champagne. This interactive sessions was accompanied with a tasting of a selection of champagnes from each house. In total, 16 different cuvées were tasted during the event. At the bottom of this post you can find a list of cuvées that our guests enjoyed most. We will shortly be making these available from our online store! Look out for these exclusive champagnes.
Our champagne partners are family-run estates that are passionate about the use of sustainable vinicultural practices. These producers enjoy the status of Récoltant manipulant (RM), which forbids them from buying grapes from other producers. Here is a bit more about each of our partner champagne houses:
A family run champagne house that is based in the beautiful Villenauxe-la-Grande, a small village nestled in lush forests and vineyard. Francis and Chantal Oudard head up the house with their son's heading up the restaurant, marketing and growing practices. They have a great variety of champagnes, including Champagne Camille Claudel - which is named after the sculptor and lover of Rodin who lived nearby.
The Paquay logo is of a fairy, which symbolises the magic that champagne gives, as well as evoking the magic of the terroir - located close to a beautiful woodland. The Paquay family operates 4 hectares of vines within 5 minutes of the family farm, divided between the grape Chardonnay (98% production) and Pinot Noir (2%). All these parcels are located in village Villers-Marmery, a Premier Cru Village.
Champagne Sadi Malot is located in Villers-Marmery, the same village as Champagne Paquay . Five generations of wine growers have tended 10 hectares of vines. Production is 80% Chardonnay from Villers-Marmery and 20% Pinot Noir from Verzy. Several years ago, they adopted sustainable methods and believe that this eco-friendly approach is key to the high-quality Champagnes they produce today.
The family operates 12 hectares , in 11 villages, mainly located in the Côte des Blancs. The majority of the Voirin-Jumel vineyards are classified Premier and Grand Cru. The Voirin-Jumel champagnes are predominately produced from chardonnay grapes. The dosage (sugar level) of their champagnes are low with the Voirin-Jumel style is to produce fresh, low-dosage, terroir-driven champagnes.
Cuvée most Enjoyed by our Guests
The champagne producers brought a selection of cuvée. Below we list the champagnes from each house, that were favourites of our guests.
Champagne Paquay: Vieux Chene Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Oudard: Millésime 100% Chardonnay
Champagne Sadi Malot: Zero Liqueur
Vorin-Jumel: Cuvée 555
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a full tasting list of champagnes tasted and for ordering details.
A little fact about the classification system in champagne, France
In Champagne, the quality of the grapes is classified under levels of the Crus (A cru = a village): The highest quality is the Grand Cru (17 villages), the nearby villages (44) are classified 1st Cru. The rest as the title "Champagne" without classification.
To find out more about the champagne houses or to contact us click here. Sign-up to our newsletter to say in touch!