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Canard-Duchene

Canard Duchene ChampagneCanard-Duchene was founded in 1868 following the marriage of barrel maker Victor Canard and wine grower Leonie Duchene in the small village of Ludes just outside Reims. They had a son Edward who took over in 1890. He was young, bold and loved Champagne. With his business acumen he took the Canard-Duchene brand global and it became one of the Champagnes supplied to Tsar Nicholas II. Their label still bears the Russian Imperial Family emblem, the two headed eagle together with the sabre symbolising the tradition of sabrage – the stylish art of opening of a bottle with a sword.

Currently managed by Jean-Louis Malard, Canard-Duchene is long established as one of the main Champagne houses with a bottle of Canard-Duchene being popped in France every 10 seconds. Owned by LVMH from 1978 to 2003 it is now part of the Alain Thienot Group, owner of Champagne Thienot, Joseph Perrier and Marie Stuart.

Champagnes Produced

Authentic Brut

Straw yellow with a delicate mousse. Intense aromas of fruit with pastry notes

Authentic Demi-Sec

Straw yellow with a delicate mousse. Intense fresh fruit aromas with a sweet palate

Authentic Rose

Delicate pinkish hue and pearlised ribbon. Intense strawberries and raspberries with a backdrop of mineral notes for enhanced freshness

Authentic Vintage

Representative of year but aged for a minimum of 5 years and predominately Pinot Noir. Pale gold or straw yellow. Fruit driven or spicy. Freshness or roundness and in certain years a vanilla character.

Cuvee Leonie

Created for the spirit of its founder, elegant and complex. A Champagne for connoisseurs created exclusively for the restaurant sector and fine wine retailers. Blend of the noblest of grapes with a significant proportion of reserved wines. Minimum of 3 years of ageing. Pale gold in appearance with tropical fruit, dried flowers and spicy fruit loaf. Intense and fresh.

Grande Cuvee Le Victorieux Charles VII Brut

Complex, refined and elegant Champagne, characterised by overriding white fruit aromas and mineral notes. Perfect balance of maturity and freshness of the Chardonnay dominated bouquet and the Pinot Noir dominated palate.

Grande Cuvee de la Rose Charles VII Brut Rose

Extremely expressive Grande Cuvee Rose with a subtle pink coppered hue, fine abundant mousse and delicate red fruit and cherry notes. The distinctive wine style balances perfectly with its finesse.

Grande Cuvee des Lys Charles VII Blanc de Blancs

Made entirely from Chardonnay grapes it offers an abundant finesse and pure aromas of fresh and white fruits with pastry cream notes. Pale gold in colour its creamy and silky.

Grande Cuvee de Beaute Charles VII Blanc de Noir

Made from the black grape varieties and exudes intense, complex aromas of stewed fruits and spiced notes. Powerful, warm and intense, a food wine.