• The Cost of Making Champagne

    We all have a good idea of the price of all sorts of different bottles of champagne but have you ever wondered what costs are involved in champagne production?

    A state of the art press could easily set you back over €1m for example. However, stock items such as a custom made foudre; is still a hefty €15,200.

    This is the cost facing Francis Boulard and daughter Delphine who require a new 25 hectolitre cask in order to increase storage capacity for their cuvée Petræa. This incredible wine is produced using the perpetual blending method. This involves building up a base wine whereupon 25% of the cuvée is created using the new harvest whilst part of the old wine is drawn out. This continues year on year, thus creating a complex and multi-layered wine.

    Cuvée Petræa is an absolute delight, produced from plots in the Vallée de la Marne and Montagne de Reims which are farmed biodynamically. The soil here consists of clay and limestone and the assemblage is 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. It is a brut nature, meaning there is no dosage.

    In order to raise capital for this venture, Francis; a keen user of social media has found an innovative solution by means of “crowdfunding” through the Fundovino platform, a crowdfunding website for vignerons.

    Crowdfunding is essentially a way for people to financially support a project on behalf of the project owner, sometimes for little return. Francis’ project gives the donor a myriad of bubbly options for their financial support.

    For example, some of the options available:

    €5 will earn a thank you on the Champagne Francis Boulard et Fille website.

    €20 will earn a five cuvée tasting at the Boulard domaine.

    €35 will earn a bottle of “Les Murgiers” extra brut.

    €50 will earn a bottle of Millésime 2006.

    €80 will earn a bottle of “Les Murgiers” extra brut and a bottle of “Les Rachais”.

    €150 will earn a bottle each of “Les Murgiers” extra brut, “Les Rachais” and “Petræa”.

    €300 will earn six bottles of “Les Murgiers” extra brut and six bottles of “Rosé de Saignée plus a five cuvée tasting at the domaine.

    €500 will earn three bottles each of “Les Rachais 2009” and “Petræa” (last harvest 2007), plus a five cuvée tasting at the domaine.

    So in this case, the donor not only gets to support a great champagne producer to continue their work but can choose a package which gives back value for money in return.

    Francis and Delphine are 35% toward achieving their goal. To see our review of their champagnes, click on the drop-down tab under the “In Focus” heading and if you would like to support Francis and Delphine, please log onto www.fundovino.com/en/projects/16



  • Welcome to Champagne Discovery

    Welcome to our website. My wife and I are Champagne enthusiasts who love both the wine and the region. We have been touring the area for the last fifteen years, as often as our funds have allowed! We are not professionals but ordinary, working people who have simply become immersed in our passion.

    For the last ten years, we have been focusing our attention on the hidden gems, the artisans of Champagne. Those smaller, quality conscious producers and grower-producers (domaines) who create excellent wines that are also great value for money.

    Like many people we are becoming more interested in the provenance of our food and drink and champagne is no exception. It is now quite commonplace to find producers who work organically and biodynamically.

    We are always on the look-out for the next new houses and cuvées to excite our senses. This website will hopefully share some of our experiences and arduous tasting expeditions!

    Regular contributors to the Champagne-Ardenne forum on Tripadvisor, we can be found hiding behind the moniker: PsychoWarthog.

    We hope you enjoy the site and will follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also contact us via the ‘Contact & Links’ tab on the homepage. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible and are happy to answer any questions or help with trip ideas.


    Lee and Gita

    "Don't wait for that special occasion to drink champagne. Create that special occasion by drinking champagne".


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