Under pressure - The Drinks Business Champagne Report 2019

The Drinks Business

Giles Fallowfield

Giles Fallowfield looked into what goes into 'obtaining the right balance between oxidation and reduction' in Champagne as part of the Drinks Business' 2019 Champagne Report. 

He mentioned his recent visit to Champagne and meeting with Elisabeth Sarcelet, the head winemaker at Champagne Castelnau. 

As Fallowfield explained, Castelnau is known for its long lees ageing and 'the regular Brut Réserve NV stays longer on its lees that most other producers' output - the current release is based on the 2012 harvest.' However they also 'make wines to be drunk relatively young for some large UK retailers.' 

'Sarcelet says that at the Coopérative Regional des Vins de Champagne, which owns the Castelnau brand, they use a range of capsules de tirage from 0.17 milligrams/litres per annum up to 1.20mg/l, for wines that just get the minimum 15 months ageing before release. 

Given the long lees ageing it gets, for the Brut Réserve they use a lining with 0.20mg/l permeability.' 


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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