For the second year in a row, overall sales of bottles of champagne were down — by 9.1 percent in 2009, in comparison with 2008.
The greatest loss came from exports outside the European Union, while exports to EU countries also fell, according to figures revealed by the Interprofessional Committee of Champagne Wine.
In 2009 there were 293.3 million bottles of champagne sold; stable sales in France allowed for a less dramatic overall loss in comparison with exports.
Mariah Carey is launching her own champagne, weeks after giving a loopy five-minute acceptance speech at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Soon after her tipsy proclamations at the event, the star updated her Twitter account to announce her very own line of rose champagne, christened Angel!
“Didn’t realize they put the champagne on the tables, So we WOULDN’T drink it! LoL,”. “No, seriously ANGEL CHAMPAGNE (ROSE) by MC coming soon!”
This year, to celebrate the release of the CuvÃ©e Belle Epoque 2002, Perrier-JouÃ«t embarked on a creative collaboration with Japanese art photographer Makiko Takehara.
She has interpreted 20 legendary Perrier-JouÃ«t vintages, from the oldest in Champagne, the PJ 1825, to the first of the new millennium.
Makiko Takeharaâ€™s compositions provide a singularly artistic perspective of each vintage, turning champagne into a work of art.
Champagne brand Veuve Clicquot, has teamed up with designers Lâ€™Atelier LZC to create the Sakura Collection. (Sakurea is Japanese for Cherry Blossom).
The Sakura RosÃ© Box is inspired by the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossom and the Japanese tradition for spring â€œSakuraâ€ partiesâ€”which entail celebrating the short but majestic flowering of cherry trees by picnicking beneath them.
The portable Sakura RosÃ© Box contains a half-bottle of Cliquot RosÃ© and two beautiful plastic picnicking flutes.
As popping corks announce the New Year, champagne lovers can expect some radical new trends in the art of savouring a tipple that for centuries has been associated with celebration.
The true connoisseur should ditch the traditional long-stemmed flutes and the saucer-shaped coupes and instead start drinking the sparkling white wine from elongated, tulip-shaped glasses, say the experts.
And those seeking to be truly avant-garde should start serving the finest bubbly from carafes.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its prestigious vintage cuvee, la Maison Ruinart commissioned dutch designer maarten baas to create art for the table.
To celebrate this holiday season, Moet & Chandon has unveiled a special limited edition Moet Celebration set, limited to just 500 units.
The set comprises of eight individual Champagne flutes and a bottle of Moet Imperial Magnum. Each glass has imperial golden bubbles, marked individually with Swarovski crystal colors.
The designer set was created in conjunction with the renowned Parisian jewelers and engravers La Maison Arthus-Bertrand.
GH Mumm unveiled the GH Mumm F1 box â€œLimited Editionâ€ last month at the Pavilion Visconti of Milan, in conjunction with the Grand Prix in Monza in 2009.
The packaging is made of exclusive materials such as the carbon interior trim in black velvet and gold plate.
The GH Mumm F1 box “Limited Edition” will be available only in Italy and exclusively on order for â‚¬5,000 ($7,300). Bornrich
Champagne makers Piper Heidsieck have worked with master shoe maker Christian Louboutin to create a unique box set: â€œLe Rituelâ€ Box Set.
The set consists of a bottle of champagne and a glass shoe designed by Christian Louboutin.
The project has been named Le Rituel after a French ritual popular in the 1880â€™s where one would drink champagne from a womanâ€™s shoe.
G.H.Mumm partnered with renowned Chef Mauro Colagreco to create a gastronomic Dinner on a sand bank on July, 14th 2009.
G.H Mumm chose the Great Barrier Reef, and asked Chef Mauro Colagreco to prepare a gastronomic lunch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on a pristine sandbank on the Great Barrier Reef.
Magnifying these resources in their natural setting was the challenge that Mauro Colagreco had to rise to.
Famed French champagne house MoÃ«t & Chandon has come out with the perfect companion to any on-the-go celebration.
The new Buckets of Bubbles set includes four mini champagne flutes accompanied by four mini bottles of MoÃ«t & Chandon Nectar Imperial.
The container also doubles as a chic ice bucket, so you can add a touch of class from everything from an outdoor barbeque to a day at the beach.
This Lollipop is the ultimate extravagance, for those who have everything. It is made by hand with genuine 24 Karat Californian Gold Flakes.
The champagne-flavored lollipop is available for purchase at Edible ($6).
In keeping with the foundersâ€™ taste for adventure, Mumm champagne is launching todayÂ a new website with a unique perspective on gastronomy and design.
Gourmet-Journeys.com presents a journey around the globeÂ in some of the worldâ€™s most vibrant cities for gourmets:Â St. Petersburg, Paris,Â New York, Tokyo and Seville.
French chefÂ Frederick e. Grasser Herme has devised a range of exquisite menus that reveal the worldâ€™s culinary variety
Decanter reports that MoÃ«t Hennessy Champagne sales were down 35 percent in the first three months of this year.
The LVMH drinks arm owns many of the biggest brands in the category such as MoÃ«t & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Mercier and Krug
The company said revenues from its Champagne and still wine business fell 22% in the first quarter to â‚¬197m.
It is a sound associated with celebration around the world, but the pop of a traditional champagne cork could soon be replaced by the click of a metal cap if one leading producer’s experiment takes off.
Duval-Leroy, one of the larger Champagne houses which produced more than 6 million of the 320 million bottles of Champagne made last year, will start selling bottles with aluminium tops later this year.
This will be the first time cork has not been used to secure bottles of the famous sparkling wine in its 350-year history.
Known for creating the famous dog duo Caprino and Peperone, French artist, Florence Deygas has struck another amazing collaboration – this time with Veuve Clicquot champagne.
â€œThe current collaboration with Veuve Clicquot includes several illustrations using paintbrush techniques over more classic line drawing,â€ a rep from the champagne company explained.
â€œThese illustrations use Veuve Clicquotâ€™s classic red signature across its iconic yellow with scenes that vary from seasons to special occasions.â€
Scarlett Johansson proved she is indeed a bubbly blonde in a new campaign for MoÃ«t & Chandon.
The Hollywood actress looks her bombshell best in a series of smouldering images for the champagne house, who named her their first ever celebrity ambassador last month.
In one provocative image she pops the cork off a bottle of the French tipple, while in another she shows off her fancy footwork as she holds a champagne glass between her toes.
Last weekend at Acker Merrall & Condit’s first Hong Kong auction of 2009, a 1928 Krug set a new world record for the most expensive bottle of Champagne sold at auction.
The 75cl bottle, from the Krug Collection range (the library collection of the renowned Reims Champagne house), fetched 164,560 Hong Kong dollars ($21,100 USD) after several rounds of fierce bidding.
The record was previously held by a Methuselah (6 litre bottle) of Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990, Millenium 2000 that sold in the US for US$17,625 in December 2005.
At fabulous “Tribute to Cinema” event, Moët & Chandon revealed its iconic muse before a Dazzling Array of International Who’s Who, including Thandie Newton, Joseph Fiennes and Melanie Laurent: the beautiful Scarlett Johansson.
MoÃ«t is the very first champagne company to introduce a Hollywood celebrity ambassador as the face of the world’s most loved champagne.