This unique collaboration marks the first time that a Champagne house has invested in the UK with the intention of producing a range of premium English sparkling wines.
We believe we can produce a high quality English Sparkling Wine drawing upon on our 80 years of winemaking expertise. Our aim is to make something of real excellence in the UK’s increasingly temperate climate, and not to compare it with Champagne or any other sparkling wine.
Our family has already had considerable success planting sparkling wine vineyards in the USA in 1987 when we launched Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, our venture with the Kopf family of Kobrand Wine & Spirits. We hope to replicate this success in the UK, working alongside our UK agent, and good friends, Hatch Mansfield.
Our family has strong connections to Kent through my father, Jean Taittinger, who twinned Canterbury with Reims over 45 years ago when he was Mayor of Reims (1959 – 1977); so I am looking forward to being able to strengthen these links with Kent and with Great Britain as we embark on this venture.”
Domaine Evremond takes its name from Charles de Saint-Evremond (1614-1703), a Frenchman and the first true ambassador for Champagne, who fueled its popularity in England during the late sixteen hundreds at the court of Charles II. A poet, epicurean and literary critic, he was buried in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. A passionate historian, Pierre-Emmanuel named this new company in his memory.
The land, a former apple farm, is near Chilham in Kent, close to Canterbury and Faversham. The 40 hectares to be planted are eighty metres above sea level, have chalk soil and south-facing slopes creating an ideal terroir (soil, microclimate and topography) to plant and grow high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Stephen Skelton MW (Master of Wine), one of the UK’s leading viticulture consultants and wine writers, has worked closely with the Domaine Evremond team in the capacity of viticulture advisor in securing this ideal plot for vineyard development.
Domaine Evremond is part of The Wine Garden of England. A group of industry pioneers who represent the diversity of top quality wineries in Kent. The seven wineries are collectively committed to creating a world-class wine trail and visitor experience in Kent.
The Domaine Evremond journey continues as our 2019 harvest and our first, marks another milestone. Each day we continue to learn about our young vineyard, understanding the vines, their relationship with the soils and with the climate. How this impacts the fruit – its...
Two years after the first plantings at Domaine Evremond’s vineyard site in Chilham, Kent, Champagne Taittinger shares news that the journey continues – with a further 8.5 hectares of vines planted in May 2019. Christelle Rinville, viticulturist for Champagne...