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Champagne Drappier is to release an “environmentally responsible” gift box. Believed to be the first of its kind in Champagne, the box is 100% recyclable and has been made without glue, staples or magnets. Every product included has been made in France. The box includes a bottle of the newest vintage of Drappier’s Clarevallis, its organic-certified Champagne, which is made from a blend of 75% Pinot Noir, 10% Meunier, 10% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Blanc. Also included is a thick organic cotton tote bag, illustrating the seven grape varieties grown in Champagne, with an illustration by Charline Drappier, head of sales, marketing, and communication at the house. There is also an Opinel-branded pocket knife and two linen towels made by Nähen, embroidered with the Champagne Drappier logo.
Champagne Taittinger has released its Prélude Grands Crus in magnum for the first time. Launched in 2003, the mission with the Prélude Grands Crus was to produce a wine with the consistency of a non-vintage, but with the depth and complexity of a vintage fizz. Made from a 50:50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the grapes for the wine are sourced from only grand cru-classified vineyards. The wine spends four years on its lees and has 9g/l of residual sugar. Taittinger said that the regular 75cl bottles perform well in the on-trade and with independent merchants, and it believes the larger format will work well for special occasions and gifting, as well as cellar-door sales.
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