Demi-sec: the elephant in the room in Champagne (by Lucy Shaw)

Posted: December 12, 2012 by wynmaker in Cellars, Europe, France, MCC, Sparkling, Vinification, Vintage, Wine, Winemaking, Wineries, World wine news
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Demi-sec has become the elephant in the room in Champagne, according to one of the region’s top winemakers.

Jacquart’s chief winemaker Floriane Eznack
Speaking to the drinks business at a tasting lunch at Chrysan in London last week, Champagne Jacquart’s chief winemaker Floriane Eznack said: “Our demi-sec sales are growing, but it’s the wine we don’t talk about.

“There’s still a prejudice surrounding the style. In the past people would add sugar to their Champagne to hide faults so it has a negative connotation.

“No one likes to talk about demi-sec in the region, but a lot of people like to drink it. The style isn’t going out of fashion, if anything it’s getting more popular.”

Since joining Jacquart last year after four years at Veuve Clicquot, Eznack has drastically scaled back the Jacquart range from 18 lines to just six.

“It was a bit of a nightmare when I started ­– we had all these different non-vintage Champagnes and three prestige cuvées. It was important to reduce the range to give it more focus,” she told db.

Eznack is currently fine-tuning a new prestige cuvée to be released next year.

“We haven’t finalised the name yet, but it will be a vintage Champagne from our best Premier and Grand Cru sites,” she said.

The wine will not replace the house’s current prestige cuvée, 50/50 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir non-vintage blend Brut de Nominée, but rather slot in above it.
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