30.11.2016
Sébastien Moncuit, Champagne Mailly Grand Cru’s Chef de Caves, on his current assemblage with the still wines from the harvest 2015

15.11.2016
Champagne Library: Will there be a Grande Année 2015? Champagne Bollinger’s Gilles Descôtes talks about his current work

09.11.2016
HEREN, Seoul. goes Champagne-Göldenboog

08.11.2016
Champagne Library: Hervé Danton, Champagne Lanson’s Chef de Caves, on the current assemblage with the harvest 2015

05.11.2016
Champagne Library: Emmanuel Fourny, Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils, on the current assemblage with the harvest 2015

26.10.2016
Champagne Duval-Leroy Vintage 1996: There is something to talk about

03.10.2016
Jean-Hervé Chiquet, Champagne Jacquesson, on the current assemblage with the harvest 2015 in the Champagne Library Report

20.09.2016
Antoine Malassagne, Champagne A. R. Lenoble, on the current assemblage with the harvest 2015 in the Champagne Library Report

19.09.2016
Anselme Selosse, Domaine Jacques Selosse, on the still wines from the harvest 2015 in the Champagne Library

13.09.2016
First Outlook on the Harvest 2016 in Champagne

10.09.2016
Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Champagne Louis Roederer’s Chef de Caves, on the Harvest Récolte 2015 and the work on the assemblage

10.08.2016
Champagne Library Report: Harvest Récolte 2015 and Assemblage

10.08.2016
Champagne Library Report 2015 with Séverine Frerson-Gomez, Sébastien Moncuit, Gilles Descôtes, Hervé Danton, Benoît Gouez, Anselme Selosse, Jean-Hervé Chiquet, Antoine Mallassagne, Hervé Jestin, Cyril Brun, Emmanuel Fourny, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

09.08.2016
Champagne Library: Moët & Chandon's Chef de Cave Benoît Gouez on the current assemblage with the harvest 2015

08.07.2016
What to drink before and after the mighty Cuveé Dom Pérignon 2006

Champagne Library: Séverine Frerson-Gomez, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck’s Deputy Chef de Cave, on the current assemblage with the harvest 2015

A fresh face in the spotlight: Since March 2016 Séverine Frerson-Gomez is deputy cellar master at Piper-Heidsieck. She is a real Champenois, born and raised in the region and she also studied oenology at the University of Reims.

In 2002 she joined Piper-Heidsieck, very experience, so watch out what she ahas to say about an upcoming vintage 2015 of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck.

 

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CLEVER LOVERS NEVER DRINK CHAMPAGNE

Champagne: it is drunk at a reasonably cool temperature of between 45° and 54° F (7° and 12° C). Anything more would destroy the freshness, the development of the froth, the tingling of the carbonic acid. Women drink it with restraint, in small sips, their palates and tastebuds rapt with anticipation. "Champagne: Drunkenness must seize the guests in the moment when the corks pop; one is beside oneself," noted Gustave Flaubert somewhere between blood pudding and nostrils in his Dictionary of Platitudes. In fact one should already be beside oneself upon opening the bottle. The impudent drink it with soup and liver sausage, but the esprit of champagne refers to the best, the refined, to the light and the elegant, not to the heavy, the fatty and the coarse. Neither does it point to great depth of spirit. Opponents of immoderate consumption drink champagne at every moment of the day or night. And in all situations. Directors' secretaries sip from the champagne glass in order the better to find the typewriter keys. Kings and the nobility have always drunk it, as have playboys on their yachts on the Côte d'Azur. "The wine of Champagne allows our soldiers to forget their exertions for a few hours while our generals forget their doubts," was the verdict of Baron Fain during a visit by Napoleon in March 1814 to Épernay on the military significance of this mood enhancer. Winston Churchill later asserted that in victory we deserve it, whereas in defeat we need it and favored Pol Roger; Konrad Adenauer looked to the West and toasted Charles de Gaulle with a glass of Krug. In the red light districts of New Orleans and Hamburg, where it is used to help frustrated businessmen work up a sweat, champagne is appropriately called hooker diesel. Two glasses and the manufacturer of pineapple cans becomes an adventurer, the tax investigator becomes an erotic werewolf and the stock market specialist with the Chicago prices for potato futures in his head turns into the shrewd conversationalist. Freethinkers, people who are at odds with themselves and nighthawks drink champagne out of passion. Extreme right-wing policemen and anonymous alcoholics never do.

 

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THE BOOKS (All in German)

Die Champagner-Macher (zusammen mit Oliver Rüther) →
Umschau Verlag, 2013

Wozu Sex? Von der Evolution der zwei Geschlechter →,
Deutsche Verlagsanstalt (DVA), (Gebundene Ausgabe - April 2006)

Rheingau & Wiesbaden. Reise- und Weinführer →
(zusammen mit Bernd Ditter, gebundene Ausgabe - August 2006)

Sonderedition von Das Loch im Walfisch →
Verlag Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (Oktober 2003)

Das Loch im Walfisch. Die Philosophie der Biologie ,
Verlag Klett-Cotta (Gebundene Ausgabe - September 2003)

Champagner Geschenkset, Klett-Cotta, (Sondereinband - Juni 1998),
enthält das Buch Champagner sowie eine Flasche Champagne.

Champagner ,
Verlag Klett-Cotta (Gebundene Ausgabe - März 1998)