Anglo - French
Home to the ‘friends & family’ collaboration that brings the expertise of Champagne Taittinger to the coveted terroir & fruit-growing prowess of East Kent
Champagne Taittinger along with their UK partner Hatch Mansfield Ltd and friends have set up Domaine Evremond, purchasing 69 hectares of farmland at Selling Court Farm in Kent. 40 hectares of this will be planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes to produce sparkling wine made in England. This unique collaboration marks the first time that a Champagne house has invested in the UK with the intention of producing a range of premium sparkling wines.
We have dreamt for a number of years of working with our dear friends in the UK to create a special Franco/British project, built on the values of friendship and also to create something special to show our appreciation of the UK support for Champagne – it is Champagne Taittinger’s number one export market. We are very excited that this dream is now becoming a reality. We believe we can produce a high quality sparkling wine in England drawing upon on our 80 years of winemaking expertise. Our aim is to make something of real excellence in the UK’s increasingly temperate climate, and not to compare it with Champagne or any other sparkling wine.
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ANGLO - FRENCH PARTNERSHIP
No wine will be produced for the first five years as the plots are transformed into vineyards, after which time a range of premium premium sparkling wines will be made using ‘domaine’ fruit from the farm. Our family has already had considerable success planting sparkling wine vineyards in the USA in 1987 when we launched Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, our venture with the Kopf family of Kobrand Wine & Spirits. We hope to replicate this success in the UK, working alongside our UK agent, and good friends, Hatch Mansfield. Our family has strong connections to Kent through my father, Jean Taittinger, who twinned Canterbury with Reims over 45 years ago when he was Mayor of Reims (1959 – 1977); so I am looking forward to being able to strengthen these links with Kent and with Great Britain as we embark on this venture.”
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How did you get started out in the industry?
My initial love of the wine industry came from an early beginning. My father worked in wine for many years and became a Master of Wine (MW). I started my days in retail in the old Victoria Wine shops as a sales assistant and eventually made it to head office buying which I loved - being introduced to so many producers and wines from far flung places. From there I got seduced by the world of Champagne and worked on Bollinger for 3 years where one of my claims to fame was signing up Ab Fab (sorry Taittinger!) However it was always the business side of wine that I had a huge interest in and in 1994 I set up Hatch Mansfield with Louis Jadot and Errazuriz. At that time we also represented Villa Maria and there were three of us working out of a shoe box office in Windsor. In 1998 we struck up a relationship with Taittinger and the rest, as they say, is history. Hatch Mansfield now employs 44 people and represents 16 top producers from around the world in the UK.
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