This year, it is expected that Christmas will bring a boost to the Champagne trade. According to recent reports, sales of the bubbly drink are set to increase as people purchase bottles for festive celebrations.
This is good news for producers of Champagne, who have been struggling in recent years due to competition from other sparkling wines.
Champagne sales rival Bordeaux and Burgundy
Burgundy and Bordeaux have long been the most popular wines in the world due to their rich history and high quality. However, in recent years Champagne has been giving the two French wine regions a run for their money.
Recent Burgundy activity has focused on less expensive and lesser-known wines such as Domaine de Montille Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Aux Malconsorts 2010.
Bordeaux, meanwhile, has been going through a period of high-priced dominance focussed on, vintages such as Château Lafite Rothschild 2009, Château d’Yquem 201 and Château Haut-Brion’s Le Clarence de Haut-Brion 2010.
While both continue to dominate the wine world, it is Champagne that has been in the news recently, with several high-profile releases.
While the Christmas season is a key time for Champagne sales, producers are hoping that the recent uptick in popularity will continue throughout the year.
Vintages such as Louis Roederer Cristal 2014, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2011, and Dom Pérignon 2012 have all been garnering attention, and with good reason.
These are some of the best Champagnes on the market, and they offer a level of quality that is simply unmatched. In fact, the value of the Dom Pérignon 2012 alone has increased by more than 40% over the past year.
With that said, it is no surprise that Champagne producers are feeling optimistic about the future. They are hopeful that the recent interest in high-end Champagnes will continue, and that consumers will be willing to pay a premium for these exceptional wines.