Penfolds celebrates its 175th anniversary with a Champagne by Thiénot

Wednesday May 22 2019 by Vitisphere

The blend of Chardonnay and Pinot noir is the first label from the Thiénot x Penfolds collaboration to be presented.The blend of Chardonnay and Pinot noir is the first label from the Thiénot x Penfolds collaboration to be presented. - Photo credit : DR

With its red cordon blocking the entrance, the stand of Australian estate Penfolds (Treasury Wine Estates group) celebrated its 175th anniversary with select groups at Vinexpo (Bordeaux Exhibition Centre). By appointment only, small groups of seven privileged people were able to enjoy a tasting curated by the iconic Peter Gago, Penfolds' chief winemaker, who has been with the company for 30 years. Offering a selection of its 2010 labels, the tasting inevitably reached its climax with the legendary Grange label. But the ultimate epitome of smooth power did not actually mark the end of the tasting - a glass of Champagne was served discreetly, from bottles yet to be labelled and not presented on the stand, so as to retain an element of surprise.

Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds

Producing sparkling wine is not a first for Penfolds, but rather a return to history, said Peter Gago. The estate produced sparkling wines from 1912 to 1978 at Minchinbury winery in Australia. For these limited edition labels, Penfolds partnered with its French distributor, Champagne firm Thiénot. Founded in 1985, Thiénot is a youngster compared to its Australian partner, quipped Peter Gago, who makes no bones about the pleasure he derived from designing these 2012 vintage Champagnes. “We use the same vocabulary: the house style, the blends...” he explained.

Presented at Vinexpo, the first Thiénot x Penfolds Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot noir that will be launched in June. Two labels will follow next year, with a Blanc de Noirs and a Blanc de Blancs.

 

 

 

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