made by the “co-ops”
Many of the well-known champagne makers belong to either Negociant Manipulant, consisting of large maisons such as “Moët & Chandon” and “Vueve Cliquot” or Recoltant Manipulant consisting of winemakers such as “Jacques Selosse” and “Egly Ouriet,” who make wines from the grapes they grow. But there is another type of growers who belong to Coopérative de Manipulation, which is a group of co-operatives whose members make champagnes using their own grapes and sell the champagnes under their co-operative brands; these champagnes are gaining popularity in recent years. The leading co-operatives among them are “Jacquart,” “Nicolas Feuillatte” and “Mailly Grand Cru.”
These co-op brands used to give the impression of being unrefined, yet in recent years, as young and promising winemakers joined them, the flavor of their champagnes has significantly improved and sophisticated. For example, Floriane Eznack of “Jacquart” is highly regarded as the rising female winemaker in Champagne region. Since she took the position, their elegant flavor has fascinated many champagne fans. “Nicola Feuillatte’s” Guillaume Roffiaen also produce champagne that is quite rich in aroma.
The improvement is brought by their advantage of being able to use quite abundantly the good grapes of the growers. Also, another advantage is that the members can acquire the fresh grapes quickly from the vineyard. Coopérative de Manipulation is not well known in Japan, but it is useful to know their quality if you like champagne. It is good season to enjoy their sophisticated and refreshing flavor.
(Text: Kimiko Anzai)
KOKUBU Group Corp. Customer Service Center (“Jacquart”) TEL 0120-413592