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Champagne Castelnau launches new Hors Catégorie prestige cuvée

Press Release London 25th April 2018
Champagne Castelnau launches second Hors Catégorie prestige cuvée


Managing Director of Champagne Castelnau, Pascal Prudhomme, was in London last night to unveil Hors Catégorie CCF 2067, the second prestige cuvée to be released as part of the premium Hors Catégorie collection.
Champagnes from Castelnau in the Hors Catégorie collection, meaning “beyond categorisation” are named after the toughest mountain passes of the Tour de France, for which Castelnau is the Official Champagne. CCF 2067 is named after Col de la Croix de Fer at 2067 metres. The first Champagne in the Hors Catégorie collection was launched in 2016 and named CT 2115 after Col du Tourmalet at 2115 metres.
Hors Catégorie cuvées are the most premium Champagnes made by Castelnau, and each cuvée release is a limited edition of 3,600 bottles, retailing for around £100 in the UK*.
Last year Champagne Castelnau unveiled new contemporary branding to reflect its premium image and adventurous attitude. In-keeping with this theme, the stylishly re-furbished Kettner’s of Soho, long-established on the London social circuit, was chosen as the venue for the launch last night.
Speaking at the launch, Pascal Prudhomme commented “I am proud to present Hors Catégorie CCF 2067, a Champagne which, like the steepest climbs in the Tour de France, is in a class of its own. With this premium cuvée we want to delight and surprise our customers and consumers with something different, radical and precious. The blend is dominantly Pinot Meunier, which is relatively unusual for a prestige Champagne, because we want to challenge the conventional wisdom that prestige Champagnes should be Chardonnay or Pinot Noir dominant. Our Chef de Cave Elisabeth Sarcelet is a great believer in Pinot Meunier, and with this fine Champagne she has created a cuvée which is worthy of the Hors Catégorie name. These premium cuvées are an important part of our portfolio, demonstrating the quality of our wine and our audacious attitude, embracing the unexpected.”
Champagne Castelnau is celebrating its 6th year in 2018 as the Official Champagne of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), owners and organisers of the Tour de France.
“The determination and dedication of the cyclists in the Tour de France reflect the personality and commitment of the winemaking team at Champagne Castelnau and we are proud to have a close association with this great competition” said Pascal Prudhomme.
Champagne Castelnau Hors Catégorie CCF 2067 will be available to taste on the Castelnau Wine Agencies stand number D22 at the London Wine Fair.
Picture attached: Champagne Castelnau Hors Catégorie CCF 2067
*Currently available at Tannin & Oak London and Tasting House Reading
About Champagne Castelnau: Champagne Castelnau is located in the heart of Reims. Their grape growers own almost 900 hectares of vineyards across some of the best terroirs of Champagne in 141 different crus, guaranteeing exceptional supply possibilities for outstanding Champagne.
For further Press information please contact Louise Hill, Phillips-Hill Wine Marketing, PR & Events on louise@phillips-hill.co.uk or Tel 01608 676 830 / 07771 683704.

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