• At the beginning

    Who are the Ice Saints and what do they represent?

    The Ice Saints are part of weather folklore in areas of the Northern hemisphere and are associated with the period in late spring between May 11 and May 13 when there is often a cold snap of chilly weather in the evenings. This dip in temperature usually brings night frosts and often catches people by surprise just when they think summer is coming. The cold evenings often fall on the feast days of St. Mamertus, St Pancras and St. Servatius which has earned them the title – the Ice Saints. Talented winemakers are particularly vigilant around this time so they can prepare for and reduce potential damage to grapevines. Ice…

  • Champagne and art of living

    Champagne soup: the best recipe

    What is champagne soup? The original recipe for champagne soup is a little different from the one we know today. It is a traditional French recipe that dates back to the 19th century. It also included white wine, cognac and sugar. At that time, it was served hot and was considered a main course. Today it is made with champagne, cointreau, lemon juice, raspberry syrup and garnished with whole raspberries. The soup is served cold and is also popular as a cocktail. It is offered in bars and clubs in Paris for special occasions such as birthdays or parties. The preparation of the champagne soup is relatively simple. All the…

  • Champagne manufacturing,  Santé

    Where can champagne be made?

    Dear champagne lovers, While champagne wine is known throughout the world, the terroir from which it is made is much less well known. And as you may know, champagne wine is recognized as A.O.C. The appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) allows to link a product to a geographical area and subjects it to rules of production and elaboration. A product recognized as AOC is therefore the expression of a link between a production and a land, all implemented and perpetuated by the know-how of men. You are wondering what are the rules to respect to obtain an AOC? where is the champagne made? And what equipment is necessary for the elaboration and…

  • Champagne manufacturing

    Vinous champagnes: what are the differences with other champagnes?

    Dear champagne lovers, Consumers often tend to forget that champagne is first and foremost a wine. To say that a champagne is vinous may therefore seem paradoxical, and yet the term vinous champagne is used to characterize certain champagnes. I am regularly asked what is considered a vinous champagne, what are the differences with other champagne wines and when is the best time to serve it. The vinous champagne has its own characteristics, I will reveal them to you. Follow me! What is a vinous champagne? The vinous champagne is a wine produced from perfectly ripened grapes, vinified and dosed to the strict minimum. This champagne has the characteristics of…

  • Champagne manufacturing

    The art of bottling

    What does “bottled at the property” mean? This article looks at the definition “bottled at the property” or “estate bottled” and explains what it means. Wine labels contain a wealth of information, in a limited space and it is important for you to understand what it all means as a consumer. It’s interesting and useful to find out exactly what the terms mean and it can really help you make an informed decision when choosing wine, which will lead you to a greater appreciation.  Wine labels are strictly regulated and definitions on the labels must meet specific legal criteria. “Bottled at the property” or “Estate bottled” means that 100% of…

  • Champagne manufacturing

    How to fight against frost damage in the vineyards?

    Frost damage is a major source of anxiety for wine producers in European vineyards every spring. While grapevines can withstand cold temperatures down to -15 °C while they lie dormant in winter, early spring is the period when vines are at their most vulnerable. During this natural period of growth, tender, new buds, susceptible to frost damage are most likely to wither and brown. Discover the significance of land and environment on the production of Grande Charte Champagne.This article considers the different types of frost conditions, their effects and the measures wine producers can put in place to mitigate their impact on grapevines.  What are the different types of frost?…

  • Champagne manufacturing

    Champagne’s conservation

    Dear Champagne lovers and enthusiasts, One of the first things you need to learn about champagne is that it is quite a fragile wine. Storing good champagne inadequately will significantly impair its quality. Good champagne storage is important and involves respecting certain conditions. Have you just bought or are planning on buying a large quantity of champagne, and are wondering how to store it? Or are you maybe not sure how to store champagne once you’ve opened the bottle? Read on to discover how important it is to store good champagne properly. So, how do you store your champagne so that it can be enjoyed to its fullest potential? As…

  • At the beginning

    Which is the oldest champagne house?

    Dear champagne lovers, Did you ever wonder which is the oldest champagne house? Well, it is actually the house of Ruinart, founded by Nicolas Ruinart, in Épernay, on 1 September 1729. Nowadays, this house is renowned all over the world and has become a true icon. It is the symbol of  know-how, expertise and the French art of living. If you don’t know much about the history of champagne yet, please let me invite you to discover more in this article. In the beginning: It all started with the intuition of Dom Thierry Ruinart, a Benedictine monk who was born in 1657, to a family of cloth merchants. This man…

  • Champagne and art of living,  Santé

    Champagne and art of living

    Is champagne good for your health? Champagne is synonymous with celebration all over the world. No party, wedding, birthday or business contract can be celebrated properly without champagne. Better still, consuming champagne, in moderation of course, brings several health benefits. But the real question is: is champagne really good for our health? The Grande Charte will answer this question and reveal the beneficial properties of this wonderful wine. The health benefits of champagne Few people know this, but champagne, before becoming a celebratory wine, was previously considered a therapeutic remedy to aid digestion, cure depression and rheumatism and promote recovery from childbirth – in fact it was said to heal…

  • At the beginning

    The History of Champagne

    Dear readers, It is important to know that since the very beginning of this era, wine growers have worked diligently to create the fine sparkling wine that is today, better known as champagne. This dedication and hard work have certainly not been in vain, since today champagne wine is the symbol of celebration par excellence throughout the world. In this article, I’m going to tell you about the history of champagne; its origin and evolution as well as the names that have contributed to its history. Let’s get started! First of all, I’m going to reveal champagnes’ origins and the key dates of its evolution.   The appearance of the…