We import four Champagne producers direct from the source in Champagne, France.
This means none of the extra costs for wholesalers and agents and that we have complete control over the quality of shipping. Given Champagne is a delicate beast and will spend well over a month in transit we spend a bit extra on the shipping, using only refrigerated containers or 'reefers' to bring the Champagne direct from the winery to our own warehouse. Relatively speaking, importing direct is quick and enables us to preserve quality and freshness.
It is also very exciting to source superb Champagne that offers exceptional 'bang for buck'. As Champagne lovers we’d grown dissatisfied with the range of quality Champagne available in Australia and its value for money. Australia is the 6th biggest market for Champagne outside of France and we drink almost 10 times as much of it as we did at the beginning of the millennium - 8 million bottles annually, making us one of the biggest consumers of Champagne per capita outside of France. Yet we are almost at the bottom of the list of prestige Champagne sales and the lowest consumers of Grower and Co-operative Champagne. So we set out to find some superb Champagne to import direct.
Over the last couple of years we shortlisted about 300 different Champagne Houses and had about 120 meetings at Prowein and in Champagne itself. The net result has been our importing of just 11 Champagnes from four exceptional producers, Roger Brun (Grand Cru, Ay) , Bernard Remy, Le Mesnil (Grand Cru Le Mesnil) and Champagne Bouché Père et Fils (8 of their 9 vineyards are Grand or Premier Cru). 7 out of the 10 Champagnes we now import are from Grand Cru rated villages (in the top 6% of vineyards in Champagne) and most of them are available for less than $100 a bottle. Our brief was to find the best Champagne we could that also offered exceptional value for money. The journey will continue too, so stay tuned.
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