8 part video series on the history of Champagne filmed in France

Royal Warrants for Champagne

Anointing of Louis XIVAnointing of Louis XIV

“Champagne… the wine of kings, the king of wines”, Guy du Maupaussant. Read More...

Late Disgorgement

Bollinger RD label
What is Disgorgement? It is when the sediment (
lees) is expelled from the bottle. Lees is the wine’s leftover yeast sediment from the 2nd fermentation in the bottle. It is moved into the neck of the bottle via remuage, then flash frozen and expelled completely (disgorgement).

“To be sold as non-vintage Champagne, French law dictates the wine must age at least (on lees) 15 months after the second fermentation begins, and three years if it will bear a vintage date...