Tuesday, 3 June, 2014
I think we would all agree that celebrations and champagne are pretty much synonymous and the first toast to a newly married couple is done with a glass of bubbly, so why not make sure it is a very special one.
I first discovered SANGER champagne on Twitter when I spotted a photo of a bottle and took a second look – a champagne with a name so similar to my own – it caught my attention straight away! But it was only when I was kindly invited to a tasting by the brand ambassador Jerome Poussin that I learnt that it was actually a very good champagne with a fantastic heritage.
SANGER Champagne is produced by Academy Viticampus in Avize, France, and is the wine making school for champagne. Viticampus first opened its doors to students in 1927, following a donation made by the widow of a local champagne merchant, Louise Eugénie Puisart, who bequeathed houses, wine presses, gardens and 400 000 francs before her death with one request to create a wine-growing school.
And 87 years later, the school has gone from strength to strength. The grapes which are used to make SANGER champagne are actually provided by former students who represent almost all the different champagne areas of wine making, from more than 40 villages, which constitutes an extraordinary oenological wealth. And the profit earned from sales of the champagne go back to the school. For more information, visit the website http://www.sanger.fr/en
SANGER is with its rich heritage is unsurprisingly a very good champagne and available in nine cuvees each with its own distinct flavour. My personal favourite is the Cuvee Tango Paradoxe – a truly delightful rose!
And on a poetic note, the name of the champagne which literally means “without war” (sans guerre) derives from its history – the school was more or less at a standstill during the world wars as most of the men (i.e. wine makers) were at war fighting. So the name goes – to make champagne without making war…
I am delighted to have discovered this gem of a champagne and it certainly makes drinking it even more enjoyable knowing that you are helping continue the legacy of champagne growers and wine makers for a very long time.
You can buy SANGER champagne from various retailers including The Champagne Collection.
(To your very best health!)