Last month, I had a chance to visit the experimental vineyards, “Plumecoq” owned by the Comité Champagne (CIVC) with Yukari Sasamoto, a staff from CIVC Japon, followed by lunch with Vincent Perrin, General Director of the CIVC. The Plumecoq has 10 ha of vineyards located on a hill in Chouilly, close to Epernay, heart of Champagne’s viticultural areas. Here, the CIVC is conducting a number of practical experiments with two main objectives – preservation of Champagne’s traditio
In pursuit of the perfect champagne through perfect aging Louis Roederer's Cristal Vinothèque is an exceptional champagne that was aged for extended period through special aging process. It hit the market last year for the first time with the 1995 vintage and the 1996 will be released later this year.
It is so-called "late-disgorged" champagne but the aging process is so detailed and customized depending on vintage's characters.
Champagne aging is divided into two stages: