Beijing bars bogus bubbly from identity abuse

Champagne from Champagne in France has been given 'geographic mark protection' on the mainland, meaning other wines have to call themselves something else. Photo: AFP

Beijing has agreed to ban non-French "champagne" copycats and limit the champagne name to wines made in the French region of that name. Sales of champagne are accelerating on the mainland, from 50,000 bottles in 2001 to one million in 2010 and two million last year, making it the fifth-largest market outside the European Union.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 2:51am

Moet subsidiary in legal battle over Krug trademark

MHCS SCS is in a legal battle with Acker Merrall over Krug.

MHCS SCS has sought an injunction against international wine auctioneer Acker Merrall & Condit Asia to stop the wine auctioneer from infringing on its trademark for Krug champagne.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

French champagne hard sell on mainland

Remy Martin

As global champagne consumption goes flat, makers of bubbly are turning to China to make up the difference. After all, cognac has become a huge hit there, and the country now accounts for 22 per cent of worldwide shipments, up from 5 per cent in 2000.

26 Feb 2013 - 4:54am

Wine Ratings: Niche labels come out top of the pops

Wine Ratings: Niche labels come out top of the pops

Chances are that the next time you buy a bottle of champagne it will be from one of the major brands such as Heidsieck, Lanson or Moet et Chandon.

14 Feb 2013 - 9:58am

Turning the Tables: Endless complaints aload of whine and waffle

Talk to any champagne maker, you realise that after five minutes everything that they are telling you is a hidden or not so hidden justification for their high prices. Photo: AFP

It's difficult to know who would come first in a whingeing contest between champagne makers and Hong Kong's restaurateurs.

10 Jan 2013 - 9:23am

The corkscrew: grip of the grape

The corkscrew: grip of the grape

Illustration: Tom Jellett


One of the greatest sounds in the world is that of a cork pop-ping - particularly when it's from a bottle of champagne.

5 Jan 2013 - 10:54pm

Wine: Natural champagne

Bubbly characters (clockwise from left): Alexandre Chartogne, Olivier Collin, Sebastien Crozatier and Raphael Bereche. Photo: Felix Wong

A grower's champagne is made by the person or estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. These champagnes show much personality and character - evocative of terroir as they are usually from a single vineyard or cluster of vineyards around a village. They also showcase the skill of the winemaker-grower.

20 Dec 2012 - 9:38am

Wealth Blog: Champagne investment far from flat

French champagne house Veuve Clicquot is poised to have its second offering of rare vintage bottles at auction in Hong Kong.

Vintage champagne isn't the first thing that springs to mind for investing in wine to lay down for the future. Maybe I've been unlucky, but whenever I've had very old champagne, even the good stuff, it has maderised (cooked), turned deep yellow and gone flat. It tasted fine, but what's the point of champagne without the bubbles?

17 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

Q&A: Eric Lebel

Q&A: Eric Lebel

The Krug chef de caves describes finding his Holy Grail and explains why the flute is not perfect for champagne.

8 Dec 2012 - 11:05pm

Trouble with bubbles

First the bad news: there is going to be a lot less champagne this year. But the good news is that what there is could be outstanding.

After one of the worst spring growing seasons on record, producers of the world's most celebrated bubbly are bracing themselves for one of the smallest harvests in 20 years.

13 Sep 2012 - 12:02pm

Pol Roger

No doubt much champagne was consumed to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on Britain's throne. Champagne house Pol Roger has a long-standing association with the aristocracy and statesmen. Its most famous ambassador was Sir Winston Churchill, renowned for his love of champagne.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


South China Morning Post, Kerry Wines and Island Shangri-La present 'Rendezvous with Fine Wine' on May 28. Sixty top growers from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Chile and Italy will present 100 of their 2009 vintages. '2009 is the greatest vintage I have ever tasted in Bordeaux. I am willing to stake my reputation on it,' wrote Robert Parker in Wine Advocate.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Carol Duval-Leroy

How has the champagne house changed since you took over in 1991?

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

CLSA staff hoping for some independence in deal with Citic

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Auctions attract connoisseurs

Art connoisseurs and collectors will be keen to check out Sotheby's Hong Kong Spring Sales 2012, which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from tomorrow until April 4.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am