23 September 2018
We recently attended Tyson Stelzer's Taste Champagne events in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. We were happily blown away by the reaction to our Champagnes.
There was a genuine buzz about Champagne Jeeper, a house which has substantially lifted the quality of its production in the last decade. It was nominated by many attendees as the standout of the show. It's cuvées are predominantly Chardonnay, aged for 2 years in old oak (third only to Krug and Bollinger in oak barrel stocks), with 5 years minimum ageing on lees, sustainable production and vegan friendly.
Chief winemaker Marie-Luce Thierry, at the age of 30, for 2 consecutive years has been a finalist in the International Sparkling Winemaker of the Year awards.
Jeeper Grande Rosé NV was recently listed exclusively in Britsh Airways First and Business lounges. It's Champagne you deserve!
International expert James Suckling recently published his review of 300 current release Champagnes. All of the Champagne Jeeper range made it to the top 300.
He gave new reviews to our 3 cuvées of Champagne Jeeper available online.
2 September 2018
Recently we have had lots of requests for vegan wine. And many sommeliers are telling us they are similarly receiving lots of requests for vegan wine.
Isn't all wine vegetarian/vegan?
Well actually no.
Many wines are fined or clarified with meat products. The idea is to add an agent that will bind with sediment.
These agents can include:
- isinglass (fish bladder by-products)
- egg whites
- casein (milk protein)
- gelatin (derived from bones and connective tissues)
- fish gelatin
- egg albumin
- chitin/chitosan (derived for the shells of crabs or lobsters)
Veganswines are either completely free of fining agents or they use vegan fining agents such as bentonite clay, carbon, diatomaceous earth or kaolin.
Some wine producers have started labelling their products "vegan-friendly". Look out for the Ⓥ symbol, or the words "vegan -friendly" on back labels.
Recently we have started to seek clarification from our producers as to whether their products are vegan-friendly or not. So far we know that the wines of the following are vegan-friendly.
- Champagne Jeeper
- Domaine Roche Audran (Rhone)
- Chateau Haut-Monplaisir (Cahors)
- Chateau Jolys (Jurançon)
- Chateau Tour de Gendres (Bergerac)
If you want to read more, here are two recent articles:
17 March 2018
Click on the link to pick up some French wine specials for Easter.
You've thought of eggs and buns, but don't forget wine!
Offer closes March 29th 2018.
Easter is a great time to relax with friends and family. Here are some of our current French favourites. These are wines that we hope to be sharing over some holiday meals. They are classy wines but they won't break the…
17 December 2017
'Tis the season to be jolly! Here are our top 5 Christmas/New Year wine suggestions.
Christmas is all about giving after all. We have some great gift packs ready to be sent. We can send to you or to the gift recipient. We can include a personalised note.
We also have digital gift cards at various price points that can be redeemed on line.
Jump on line or give Helen a call on 0260 206 016 or 0414596395 for ideas.
Many of us look forward to a glass or two of bubbles with friends and family over Christmas. This one is fantastic. Its being poured in some great restaurants in Australia and around the world. Its well-priced enough to pour a glass for your family (well maybe!) By the bottle its $56 or save in a six pack.
We are thrilled to see the rise and rise of dry rosé. Rosé sales now exceed white wine in France, and it has really taken off in Australia in the last few years. We have 3 lovely rosé wines.
Chateau Rollan de By 2008
This is a special wine that would go perfectly with turkey and ham and everything festive. It recently out scored the famous Chateau Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc (featured in the movie Sideways) in a blind tasting. Both these wines sell for >$1000 per bottle. We heard its being served on Air France business class! This is $59. A special wine to enjoy over the holiday period. Limited stocks. Find it here.
We have some great mixed packs at various price points with a mix of rose/whites/reds and dessert wines.
Don't forget we can send to your holiday address.
Some clever customers have done this in previous years and had a case of their favourites delivered to their holiday accommodation/agents. Brilliant! Click here to buy.
Courier deadlines are approaching so please jump on line and order ASAP.
Whatever you are doing this holiday season, eat and drink well but drink responsibly.
2 December 2017
Next week-end its the Alliance Française de Melbourne French Christmas Market.
Open from 10am to 5 pm Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 2017.
Come and see us for a wine tasting, grab some bottles to take home, order some wine for delivery or pick up some gifts. You might find your new favourite French wine!
We will have some great deals for you.
30 September 2017
One of our favourite things in spring is fresh Asparagus. We are lucky enough to have our own asparagus patch, but the supermarket asparagus is a seasonal treat as well. We love to serve it simply: microwaved, blanched in cold water (to stop it over-cooking), a squeeze of lemon (or lime or orange), a drizzle of good olive oil, Murray Salt and black pepper. Add a grating of parmesan if you are feeling indulgent.
We love it with Domaine Villebois Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Read on »
5 August 2017
Taste Champagne has become one of the premium Champagne events on the Australian wine calendar.
Organised by Tyson Stelzer and BlackEvents, 200 cuvées from 72 Champagne houses will be featured including our own Champagne Jeeper and Achille Princier grower Champagne.
It kicks off this week in Sydney and Canberra to sold out events, followed by Brisbane and Perth. There are still tickets in Melbourne but be quick!
If you are going please come and say hello.
To celebrate this month of Champagne events, we are offering 10% off our range of Champagne.
Stock up for the spring races and end of year events ahead! Use code CHAMPS10 at the check-out.
Click here to see more.
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