Top 10 Champagne trends for 201213th January, 2012 by Rupert Millar
9. Houses will seek to emphasise specific sites and vineyards
December’s issue of the drinks business took a look at the growing number of single vineyard wines that exist today.
There are, of course, established favourites such as Clos de Mesnil and Clos des Goisses, but recent years have seen a rise – if not an outright explosion – in other large houses producing single-site wines. Billecart-Salmon, Taittinger and Mumm are high-profile additions and Lanson is set to join the club in 2012/2013.
One suggestion raised by Davies was that these wines could be used as “calling cards” for houses to showcase special plots and generate some interest for their own terroir, as is being done by the ever more numerous and bellicose growers.
However, supply will be small, constrained by limited availability of suitable sites, small production and continuing preferences for blending.
Single site wines could however add to the already-mentioned trend for blanc de blancs and noirs (remember Krug), with Mumm now sporting a Chardonnay/Pinot ying and yang in the shape of Mumm de Cramant and Mumm de Verzenay.