Cuvées and millésimes : what's it ?

Brut sans année (BSA)

This is how most Champagne wines are made: blends of wines from different years, different grapes, from different Crus, aged for at least 15 months (usually 3 years). The reserve wines give a constant quality that clients can search for in their favorite brands.

Blanc de blancs

White wine made of only white grapes, this is a 100% Chardonnay champagne. Some people are extremely fond of it, and some of the most prestigious wines are Blanc de Blancs, like Salon and Taittinger’s Comte de Champagne. Perfect with seafood.

Blanc de noirs

This is then, the opposite of Blanc de Blancs, no Chardonnay grapes used, only white wines made from Pinot noir and/or Meunier. They usually carry notes of spice, and go well with some kinds of meat.

Millésime

When a year is above average, they may consider producing a champagne with one or more wines from only this very same year, allowing the year “to be expressed” and giving different results at each one. They are usually produced in smaller quantities and must age a minimum of 3 years before sale (normally aged 5 or more years).

Cuvée prestige

To produce a real prestige champagne, generally you need to use only the best of the best, the “crème de la crème”. Only grapes from an exceptional year, exceptional Grand Cru parcels, and a long aging usually of 10 years minimum. This label is reserved for mythical wines like Dom Pérignon and Cristal.

Rosé

To produce champagne Rosé there are two methods :

  • Blending : the most common method in Champagne, only authorized in this region, it consists of blending a little bit of red still wine of champagne with white still wine of champagne before bottling.
  • Bleeding or maceration : less common, but more powerful in color and taste, this is made by not allowing the still wine to become red during maceration, stopping while it's rosé. Then you bottle this rosé wine to produce champagne.

What client say?

Ministère de l'intérieur - L.CH

Par le présent message et au nom de notre direction générale, je tenais tout particulièrement à vous remercier pour l’accueil qui a été réservé à notre délégation le 16 mai 2019 lors de notre visite aux Caves DUHARD. Ce déplacement au sein de votre magnifique domaine était un ravissement pour l’ensemble de nos délégués qui ont apprécié l’accueil qui leur a été réservé. Ce moment privilégié passé au sein de votre cave a concouru à véhiculer une excellente image de la France auprès de partenaires étrangers attachés à toutes ces valeurs. En vous renouvelant nos remerciements pour l’ensemble de ces attentions, je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur Mineau, l’expression de ma considération distinguée.

Dégustation

Accueil très sympathique, expérience oenotouristique plus qu'intéressante, possibilité d acheté vins, salaisons et huiles produites dans la région.... à faire !

Very Nice

Impeccable hosting and welcoming ! Interesting visit and tpo of the notch tasting ! We recommand the detour. It was a real present...ideas for celebrations and holidays!

What a happiness !

To do absolutely, at least to know a rather rare job. The visit was nice, but the tasting was totally extraordinaire. Advice, anecdotes, good time with good wine. The Loire Wines are not the most known, and that is a shame ! The Caves Duhard should make you change your mind. Go there if only just for an hour of pure pleasure shared with passionate people !

Super

It changes of the habitual visits. Thanks to them, I learned to taste the wine like a pro. Thank you. Very good products to taste with very pleasant persons.

Nice cave !!!

Really nice cave, really good hospitality, tasting with anecdotes on wines and its heritage!!! Really good visit.

Informed advice and nice choice of flasks

A visit of the caves followed by a wine tasting with informed advice and a little bit of cheese to munch on between each glasses. Explanations of tasting and on the aging of the wines. Nice choice of old bottles, perfect to offer oneself wines of a particular year. Reasonable rates.