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Chandon brings a sparkle to wines from the South of France

By Vitisphere May 13, 2022
Chandon brings a sparkle to wines from the South of France
The sparkling wine is described as ““quivering” due to its pressure of 4 bar at 20°C, instilling fine and subtle bubbles,” says Moët Hennessy. - crédit photo : Chandon (Stanislas Desjeux).

s the first Chandon wine to be produced in France, the organic and vegan ‘Chant des Cigales’ label aims to “create a new taste experience for an exceptional rosé wine”, claims a press release issued by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy). The sparkling wine is made from grapes grown by co-operative wineries in the South of France, “from Perpignan to the Saint-Tropez peninsula”. What makes it distinctive is the use of “an innovative new-generation winemaking technique” which turns out to be the Charmat method. Grape must is added for bottle fermentation and the wine is blended from eight grape varieties typical of rosés from the South of France (i.e. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Tibouren) rather than base wines.

The wines will be released this spring with a retail price of €25. The 100,000 bottles of Brut Nature were produced by Audrey Bourgeois, an engineer in biochemical and food engineering, along with two LVMH Champagne personalities – Richard Geoffroy, the cellar master at Dom Pérignon for 29 years who retired three years ago, and Éric Lebel, the cellar master at Krug for 22 years, currently in charge of grower relations.

Created in 1959 in Argentina, the Chandon brand has since expanded into California (1959), Brazil (1973), Australia (1986), China (2013) and India (2014).

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