Champagne to the fore - June 2019

Harpers Wine and Spirit

Giles Fallowfield

Giles Fallowfield took a team of UK buyers to Champagne to find out more about the region and hunt down some new potential suppliers, included in this trip was Champagne Castelnau. 

It was the groups final visit and 'before a detailed range tasting with chef de cave Elisabeth Sarcelet, who has worked in the winemaking team she now heads since 1985, we walked through the entire winemaking process from where the grape are received to the bottling line.

Having fielded questions on many facets of the operations from the buyers, mid-tour, while walking through Castelnau's cellar of older vintages - some of which date back to 1947 - she offered to open a magnum of an undisgorged vintage for us to try. Thanks to two of our group with a decent vintage birth year in common, 1979 Blanc de Blancs was duly selected and hand disgorged by Sarcelet to make a top-class aperitif. 

This was a further highlight of a notably successful tour of Champagne.' 

Rob Dixon, Tesco Champagne and Sparkling Wine Buyer, picked Castelnau Blanc de Blancs 2005 as his favourite wine from the trip. Riaz Syed, owner of Stone Wines, picked his favourite to be the Castelnau Brut Rosé and Paul Richards, buyer and wine logistics manager at 67 Pall Mall, chose Castelnau Blanc de Blancs 1979 as his most memorable wine. 

Castelnau also featured in both Syed and Richards trip highlights. Syed said that the 'glass of Castelnau Réserve on the train at the outset, set the tone for the trip' and Richards felt that 'Elisabeth Sarcelet's tasting and tour at Castelnau was great, she was very honest and open and her vintage wines both in the tasting room and at lunch were great, her hand and the quality of the growers showing through.' 


SILVER - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

GOLD - International Wine Challenge 2019

GOLD - Mundus Vini Summer 2018

GOLD - International Wine and Spirit's Competition 2018

SILVER - International Wine Challenge 2018

Champagne Castelnau Blanc de Blancs 2005

Champagne Castelnau, France

SILVER - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

CRITICS' CHOICE - 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2019

Champagne Castelnau Vintage 2006

Champagne Castelnau, France

GOLD - Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards

GOLD - Berlin Wine Trophy

GOLD - Mundus Vini Spring 2018

SILVER - Mundus Vini Summer 2018

CRITICS' CHOICE - 91 Points - Decanter Magazine

Champagne Castelnau Rosé NV

Champagne Castelnau, France

Stylish, contemporary and elegant. A champagne that celebrates subtlety and a love of fine things.

GOLD - Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

GOLD - Mundus Vini Summer 2018

CRITICS' CHOICE - 5* - Harpers Wine Stars 2018

GOLD - Concours des Vins Elle à Table 2017

GOLD - Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2017

Champagne Castelnau Brut Reserve NV

Champagne Castelnau, France

This is the flagship wine of the House of Castelnau with its characteristic long maturation.

GOLD - Sommelier Wine Awards 2018

GOLD - Mundus Vini Spring 2018

GOLD - Mundus Vini Summer 2017

SILVER - Sommelier Wine Awards 2017

SILVER - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017

Champagne Castelnau Brut NV

Champagne Castelnau, France

A bright, lively champagne with a lovely freshness.

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