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Champagne Castelnau launches limited vintage magnums for festive season

Published:  26 November, 2018

Champagne Castelnau has released its Oenotheque Collection of limited edition magnums 1995, 1996 and 1998 for the first time in new livery in the run-up to Christmas.

The magnums, newly dressed in a variation on Champagne Castelnau’s contemporary packaging, form part of their wine library of "exceptional vintages".

According to Champagne Castelnau this is home to over 50 years of historical wines made by their award winning winemaking team, headed by Chef de Cave Elisabeth Sarcelet.

Champagne Castelnau vintage Champagnes are left on their lees for a minimum of 12 years as part of the ageing process. It said this creates the “generous, yet fresh and balanced signature style” of the house. The Magnums further benefit the ageing process as the ratio of wine to surface area means maturation is slower and more even, resulting in more “complexity, structure and freshness,” it said.

“Magnums are the ideal format for enjoying these wonderful vintage Champagnes which are now more than 20 years old. We are delighted to have been allocated a limited number for sale in the UK as the festive season gets under way,” said Fernando Guimarey, qualified Sommelier and on-trade sales manager at Castelnau Wine Agencies.

“They are the ideal option for larger parties, and many restaurants even offer Champagne by the glass from magnum, giving people the chance to taste Champagne at its best whilst also adding theatre to the experience.”

The Champagne Castelnau Oenothèque magnums are

Champagne Castelnau Oenothèque 1995; Champagne Castelnau Oenothèque 1996 and Champagne Castelnau Oenothèque 1998.

Champagne Castelnau is located in the heart of Reims, France. Its grape growers own almost 900 hectares of vineyards across some the best terroirs of Champagne in 141 different crus.