By champagnediscovery, Nov 6 2015 08:12PM

Last year Francis Boulard and daughter Delphine became the first Champagne crowd funders when they launched their project via wine crowd funding site Fundovino. Their aim: to raise funds to purchase a new foudre; enabling their perpetual blend cuvée Petraea to continue evolving. Crowd funders received various packages relating to their donations but this wasn’t to be all, a private invitation to a day with the Boulard family including lunch and a trip to the barrel makers “tonnellerie” followed.

On Sunday 4th October, crowd funders gathered by the Halles du Boulingrin before embarking on a coach tour to see some of the terroir Boulardien. First stop was Champillon where we were greeted by Nicolas and Petra who, under glorious Champagne sunshine; served us glasses of “Les Murgiers” extra brut whilst enjoying the beautiful view across vineyard covered slopes of the valley to Hautvillers.

Following the coach tour we arrived at Francis’ home and winery where we were again greeted by the family with glasses of “Blanc de Blancs Vielles Vignes” before enjoying a fantastic lunch of oysters and various fish dishes from the excellent Le Bocal (Reims). An superb caterer who unfortunately we didn’t meet; provided us with tantalising appetisers such as Foie Gras and asparagus velouté, all complimented by delicious glasses of “Les Rachais”.

Following the lovely long lunch it was time to move on to the Tonnellerie de Champagne-Ardenne where Jérôme Viard, creator of the fundovino Foudre demonstrated his skills. Of course there were more glasses of champagne and the moment we were all waiting for…..cuvée “Petraea” which brought the curtain down on a special day.

Nos sincères remerciements à la famille Boulard, longue vie au Petraea!

By champagnediscovery, Oct 8 2015 06:00PM

Academie du Vin de Bouzy – Tuesday 21st April 2015

The venue for this tasting was the back yard of a lovely little Bar called “Le Clos” behind the covered market in Reims. On a glorious evening, this al fresco tasting paired with wonderful cheeses, charcuterie and fresh vegetables was a superb way to bring our tastings to a close. This association chaired by Benoît Lahaye comprises twelve Bouzy producers engaged in production of the famous Coteaux Champenois still wine “Bouzy Rouge”.

A new experience for us as the only one of the still wines we had previously tasted was the gorgeous and unique “Clos Barnaut” rosé from Champagne Barnaut. We had an interesting chat with the winemaker Philippe Secondé, as to why he chose to make a still rosé from his Clos of Pinot Noir. He explained that he did not consider the Pinot Noir to be of a sufficiently high standard to make a Clos champagne and that he also had better plots for his Bouzy Rouge so decided as an experiment to make a still rosé because if he wasn’t happy with the result, he would be able to use the wine to add to a rosé champagne. Of course, he was more than happy with the result; as are we!


“Clos Barnaut” rosé 2006 – Champagne Barnaut

Bouzy Rouge 2004 – Champagne Barnaut

Bouzy Rouge – Champagne Benoît Lahaye

Bouzy Rouge 2005 – Champagne Pierre Paillard

Bouzy Rouge 2004 – Champagne Maurice Vesselle

Bouzy Rouge 2012 – Champagne Camille Savès

Bouzy Rouge 2014 – Champagne Paul Bara

By champagnediscovery, Oct 24 2012 02:05PM

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 sixteen 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 or so, 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, seductive wines that are full of character.

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.

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Lee and Gita

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