IBN: Tell us about the recent launch of the new Canard Duchêne cuvées and the new gift packaging.

Charles VII was launched in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Canard-Duchêne. The original name refers to the king that was crowned in Reims Cathedral in 1429. These 3 exceptional champagnes offer great finesse and a subtle elegance, the expression of the know-how
of Canard-Duchêne. With such a prestigious metal gift box. Our goal with the Grande Cuvée range is to position Canard-Duchêne as a consumer alternative to the existing Grandes Marques. The metal gift boxes are available for both Grande Cuvée Brut, Grande Cuvée Rosé and for the Blanc De Noirs in the near future.

Canard Duchêne Management Team


IBN: Why are you participating in Cannes TFWA World Exhibition? Where are you currently seeking distributors?

The Cannes TFWA World Exhibition will be a first for Canard-Duchêne and the opportunity to reveal a new international Duty Free distribution partnership with CL World Brand. Our newest Grande Cuveé will be presented from the 31st of October until the 4th of November in the Blue Village, H17. This will be our official launch of our partnership with CL World Brands.

Entering the Duty Free business with our Grande Cuvée range will also help international consumers to better discover the identity of Canard-Duchêne, a family owned House which offers great champagnes.

Finally, our goal at this exhibition is to look for new importers in the Nordic European countries, Spain, Eastern European countries, Asia/Pacific, South & North America and Mexico.


IBN: How was the harvest this year? Will this be an exceptional year for Champagne?

According to the CIVC press release, the grape harvest began the 12th of September and the 22 of September for the latest “crus”.

After a campaign marked by very important contrasted climate, the highest temperatures at the end of August allowed a fast evolution in the maturation. Despite some local centre of mildew in the Côte des Bar, the grapes are in very good sanitary conditions which illustrate a good balance between sugar/acidity; the grapes have a weight higher than the middle (170 grams). The minimal alcoholometry volume is about 9% for the Champagne AOC.

The maximum harvest authorized is 13,000 kilos/hectares on which 1500 kilos will be put as a qualitative reserve, for a possible grape harvest deficit in the future.


The Chardonnay appears exceptional for this year while those of Pinot Noirs and Pinot Meuniers are very promising. We need to wait until the spring for the tasting give us a better appreciation of the 2005 vintage.

The end of the grape harvest was officially declared the 20th of October.


Summary presentation of the compagnie

Champagne Canard-Duchêne
was founded in 1868 in Ludes,
located in the heart of the Champagne vineyards.
Our history began with Victor Canard, a cooper,
and Leonie Duchêne, daughter of a family of winemakers
in Ludes, who put their names together to
create this Champagne House.
In 2003, Canard Duchêne is still family controlled
within the Thiénot Group.
Canard-Duchêne produced 3 million bottles in 2004.

For more information,
please contact us or visit our website:

Canard Duchêne
1 rue Edmond Canard
Ludes, 51500

Tel: 33 3 26 61 09 94
Fax: 33 3 26 61 13 90

International Sales Director: Alexis Petit-Gats

International Sales Director: Stéphanie Federhpil


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