What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?

10. Canard-Duchêne

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Canard-Duchêne sells 4.1 million bottles annually

Label: Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut Non-Vintage
Blend (approx.): 45% Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier 35%, Chardonnay 20%
Reserve wine (%): 25-29
Lees ageing (months): 23-26
Dosage (g/l): 9-9.9
MLF: Full
Price (RRP, UK): £25
Size (approx. annual sales, 2015): 4.1 million bottles
Cellar master: Laurent Fédou

Acquired from luxury drinks leviathan Moët Hennessy by Groupe Thiénot in 2003, Canard-Duchêne has enjoyed greater levels of investment and focus in its current, much smaller Champagne stable.

Not only has the new owner invested in improving the wines and refreshing the brand’s packaging and marketing, but Groupe Thiénot has renovated Canard-Duchêne’s historic winery.

As part of this, the company has invested over €1 million to integrate the brand’s winery into the landscape using wooden cladding and trees – a project inspired by Canard-Duchêne’s environmentally-sensitive positioning, which has been spearheaded by the brand’s Authentic Green organic Champagne, launched in 2010.

As for the Authentic Brut Non-Vintage, this relatively inexpensive Champagne offers a good-value alternative to some of the more famous names in this list, and delivers a bright, and relatively light style of fizz, with lots of fresh lemon fruit, a hint of breadiness, and a palate-cleansing chalky note on the finish.

 

Champagne Masters 2017 medal: Bronze

 

11 Responses to “What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?”

  1. Tim Ambler says:

    What champagnes were tasted other than the five reported?

  2. Great review of champagnes – but what glass was used for the tasting: the flute that was recently scorned by one house, the old fashioned saucer, or another whose name we should be told?

  3. Christine says:

    Which Champagne will you be featuring in part 2?

  4. Patrick Schmitt says:

    We use Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic white wine glasses.

  5. This trend of the consumer has occurred in Spain and in particular in the largest consumer and production region, Catalonia.
    At the moment the cavas / wines sparkling brut nature are the greater part of the offer

    Content of sugar:

    BRUT NATURE Hasta 3 g/l y sin adición de azúcar
    EXTRA BRUT Hasta 6 g/l
    BRUT Hasta 12 g/l
    EXTRA SECO Entre 12 y 17 g/l
    SECO Entre 17 y 32 g/l
    SEMI SECO Entre 32 y 50 g/l
    DULCE Más de 50 g/l

    Wines Inform Assessors, Barcelona

  6. Patrick Schmitt says:

    The top 10 are now featured in this list, with the extra five best-sellers being Canard-Duchêne, Lanson, Piper-Hiedsieck, Pommery and Taittinger.

  7. Chris says:

    Quantity and quality rarely make good bedfellows.

  8. Johan Tan says:

    I’m surprised that they didn’t include Louis Roederer in this list. But i guess they only picked the brands with more than 4 million bottles sold in 2015…

  9. Chris says:

    Yeah it’s an interesting list. Must have a price point feature or bottle caps. I would put in a big shout for Charles hiedsick,

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