Champagne Castelnau, located in the heart of Reims, represents the very essence of the region. It has 900 hectares of vineyards across 155 crus, creating a unique grape growers’ collective that guarantees exceptional supply possibilities and the production of outstanding Champagne.
The striking design, launched in 2017, captures the audacity of Castelnau and encourages the continuation of a bold and creative environment that has led to the brand reaching position #21 on Drinks International’s list of ‘World’s Most Admired Champagne Brands’ 2021.
Chef de Caves, Elisabeth Sarcelet, crafts these stylish wines characterized by a high percentage of Chardonnay as well as extensive lees aging. The flagship cuvée, Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV, spends at least 5 years on the lees. Elisabeth’s talents have been widely acknowledged and officially so in the 2020 Drinks Business top 100 Master Winemakers of the world list: one of only 10 female winemakers to make the cut.
2021 signals a new start for so many reasons, not least the announcement of Champagne Castelnau’s merger with Nicolas Feuillatte but also for the announcement of the winemaking succession plan that will see the Castelnau baton proudly passed to Carine Bailleul, Elisabeth’s longterm protegée, in 2022.
In the vineyards sustainability is at the top of the agenda and Castelnau have signed up to the regional certifications ‘Viticulture Durable’ and 'Haute Valeur Environmentale' which are two of France's strictest environmental certification programs. They have pledged that all their grape growers will be certified by 2025, 5 years earlier than the government requirement. Their global policy on eco-responsibility extends to the production process where they have converted all of their equipment to low energy consumption models, all dry goods and corks are selected for their low environmental impact, lighter bottles are the standard and the company runs its own waste collection system.