Going green: two organic champagnes launched

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Drinks: Champagne, Drinks
Location: France

Two champagne houses have launched new organic cuvées. A sign of the ongoing commitment towards sustainability in the region, Lanson and Canard-Duchêne are the latest maisons to release certified organic labels.

Lanson Green Label (RRP £49.99) is made from organic grapes grown on an estate vineyard at Verneuil in the Marne Valley. Production follows ‘a strict ecological logic’ according to the house, with lightweight bottles and labels made from recycled paper.

A blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, it’s aged for three years before release. A non-malo style, it’s fresh and fruity, with persistent bubbles. Notes of citrus, pear and peach on the nose, are followed by more pears and a tropical mango hint on the palate over a firm mineral core.

Canard-Duchêne’s Parcelle 181 (RRP £37.99) is made from grapes grown on 12 hectares (ha) of organically certified vines, including the 7ha Parcel 181, which is also located in Verneuil.

Partially vinified in oak barrels and aged for almost four years, this extra brut cuvée is a blend of 42% Chardonnay, 36% Meunier and 21% Pinot Noir. It displays bright preserved lemon aromas, notes of warm croissant and a touch of crisp red apple on the nose. The palate combines zesty lemon and grapefruit citrus with more evolved notes of candied peel, a savoury undertone and touch of salinity, with lovely persistent depth of flavour.

This release is a product of a sustainable initiative begun in 2004 by Canard-Duchêne’s cellar master Laurent Fédou. ‘Parcelle 181 opens up new perspectives and encourages organic farming, while at the same time showcasing the excellence of our champagnes,’ he commented.

For more info contact:

Lanson, Lanson International UK,  020 7499 0070, [email protected]

Canard-Duchêne, Champagnes and Châteaux, 020 7326 9655, [email protected]

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Julie Sheppard

Julie is managing editor of Imbibe and joined the team in 2006. She has written about drinks for the past 16 years in a varied career that includes treading grapes in the Douro and foraging for juniper in Northumberland. When she's not hanging out with the on-trade, Julie writes about food, drinks and travel for Time Out, Square Meal, Conde Nast Traveller, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Waitrose Drinks

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