29. nov. 2017

Tange-Gerard Calling Chardonnay-lovers

Maybe you have followed our Blanc de Blancs as the vintages have changed from 2002 onwards? Maybe you have joined us along the journey? Or maybe you would like to try a specific vintage again? Now you may dig deeper into the taste of even more aged vintages.

Throughout the years, we have been saving a few boxes of our Blanc de Blancs vintages to be able to follow their development as well as to build our own collection of older wines.

Now is the first time we can invite you to join us in this journey with a vintage box of three different years of this 100% Chardonnay champagne. The bottles will enable you to taste examples of how time works on our Blanc de Blancs as well as the differences between the three years.


2007 - An early year in Champagne
This Blanc de Blancs was made with grapes from an early year with harvest in late August. Despite notes of age, this vintage still has acidity to develop a bit further if you store it correctly. However, it is an already perfectly enjoyable vintage Blanc de Blancs.

2004 - A year of abundance in Champagne

The 2004 Blanc de Blancs was made in a year with an abundance of grapes of excellent quality, as is this champagne with layers of age that provide a natural sweetness combined with deeper notes of nuts. You may enjoy it now or choose to keep it for another year under correct conditions.

2002 - An exceptional year in Champagne
15 years after, this Blanc de Blancs has evolved into a beautifully powerful vintage champagne. Fine and persistent bubbles with notes of toasted bread on the nose and cooked fruits (cherries) and nuts followed by notes from the forest and mushrooms on the palate. Powerful final and a sweetness that suggests the possibility of more to come in the cave. To fully enjoy this beautiful vintage, we advise to drink it within a year after purchase.


We have not sold these vintages for several years. This is your chance to get hold of older Blanc de Blancs for a price of 130 euros/1.000 dkr per box. The number of boxes is very limited. Please send a mail for more information.


The rest of our assortment features assembled champagnes Tradition and Noirs & Blancs, vintages Blanc de Blancs (vintage 2011/12) and Selection (vintage 2007) and rosés Rosé d'Assemblage and Rosé de Saignée. From early December we will sell our first Singles Line champagne.


Bubbly regards,
Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange, Soulieres, November 29th 2017

26. sep. 2017

Champagne 2017: Easy season, harder harvest

Our grapes have been placed and carried in buckets and boxes to the presses to proceed the pressing by the first fermentation. They currently are in a state of very young wine.

The Champagne-harvest of 2017 is through, and let’s just say that our expectations are as big as we dare.

Even we have picked the grapes, sorted them out and when tasting them appreciated their interesting balance between high acidity and a strong sweetness, we still cannot know them very well as wine. Neither young, nor older and since every change has many possible directions, we'll have to wait to know what flavours and tastes time will bring us.


Early, dry, warm then cooler season with rain

In 2017, the growth of the vines began already in early April, and we were lucky to avoid damages when it froze a few weeks later. Very warm days, very little rain were the standard most days until mid July where the temperatures finally dropped and days got cooler.

We were quite happy to see the super speed of growth slow considerably down. Even a bit of rain made the grapes gain some weight. Later more rain followed with a timing we liked a lot less since lots of rain closely before the grapeharvest is a likely source of possible disease.

The start of the grapeharvest was agreed as late as a week before we began on September 2nd.

For us, it was too late to save it all as a surprisingly fast deterioration left us with many rots between our Pinot Meunier-grapes. Consequently, we had to leave grapes on the ground instead of in the bucket.

We count ourselves lucky because our Chardonnay-grapes came out a lot better. These are the grapes, we are currently working into one of our Tange-Gerard plot champagnes. Grapes that came very close to a perfect degree of sugar, and a must that contained a delicious creaminess that we are looking much forward to check and taste again when the young wine will be stable in a few months.

An early Tange-Gerard
This 2017 vintage will be the first Tange-Gerard champagne from an early year.

It is also the first time that we have measures of our grapes being challenged by the plants that grow naturally between the rows since we do not remove them constantly.

When the vines have to compete with wild plants about access to minerals and water, this may show for instance in the natural level of nitrogen in the berries. As nitrogen is needed in the early stage of the fermentation, we had to add some to help the work of the yeast.

So exciting to trace our sustainable methods directly at this crucial moment. Double exciting it shall be to taste the result in some years.

Introducing two lines: Singles and Classic
This far, we concentrate on our vintage from 2013. This was the first grapeharvest where we managed to make our first champagne with 100 % our own plots' grapes.

We remember the year as unusually late. The grapeharvest continued in October which nowadays is very rare in Champagne. October 3rd, we pressed the grapes of this 2013-vintage, that will be the first of our new ”Singles” line of champagnes with a very limited amount of bottles and the symbol of sustainable viticulture on its label. Stay tuned for more news later this autumn.

Our assortment this far continues with the ”Classic” line including the assembled champagnes of Tradition and Noirs & Blancs, the vintages The Blanc de Blancs (vintage 2011/12) and Selection (vintage 2007) and rosé champagnes Rosé d'Assemblage and Rosé de Saignée .


Automnal regards,
Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange, Soulieres, September 2017

22. jul. 2017

Welcome to our vineyards: Early start of 2017 means early grapeharvest

2017 has confirmed itself as another early year in Champagne.

Since the leaves came out in early April, very warm temperatures followed most of the time and have made the growth of the vines unstoppable.

As the grapes have closed, the growth of the vines declines and the maturing of the grapes begins. This is the final state before the grapeharvest and it is the period where the grapes change colour from very green and to transparent yellowish for the Chardonnays and dark blue to almost black for the Pinots.

No major problems
So far we have been lucky.

No frost, no storms and hail, no disease as it hardly rains at all in 2017.

In fact, we have had so little rain, that we would like a bit more of it.

The vines are quite fine. Normally, the underground chalky layer of Champagne contains the water needed. On top of that, the ploughing of the soils helps to absorb the few raindrops we have received and keep them in the ground, near the plants, rather than running off. This moisture is clearly visible each time we work manually to remove the weeds, each time it is surprising with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius day after day.

But we still need a bit of rain for the grapes to gain some weight. As for the health of the grapes, it is excellent. No less, no more.

Assortment of Champagnes
We suggest a number of different champagnes.

Some of us think that Rosé champagnes are summer style, others drink them all year round. Whatever your preference may be, we suggest our Rosé de Saignée which is a 100% Pinot Noir champagne based on maceration with a taste as powerful as this red grape allows with all the black fruits, you could ever want. It will fit anything from your aperitif to your main course and even a dessert like fruit salad. Our second Rosé d'Assemblage is an assembled champagne, based on Chardonnay grapes.

We suggest our non vintage champagne of some age - Tradition - based on mainly Chardonnays. It exists in a Demisec version as well. Our two current 100% Chardonnay vintages are both from early years: The Blanc de Blancs from 2011 and the Selection from 2007. Finally, the Noirs & Blancs is a non vintage champagne of age, based on 70 % Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

Franco-Danish sustainability
As we have come from different worlds - France and Denmark - our daily work is to bring these origins and views together in our Tange-Gérard champagnes and in our daily work where we have made sustainability a key word of the management of our company. Last summer we were quite proud to receive our "viticulture durable" certification and we continue along this path. The bubbles, we enjoy them as much as ever, and our shared hope is to let them make your world spin in an easy-going, funny fashion too. Even just for a while.

Please mail us if you want to know more. Enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.

21. jul. 2017

Champagne: Our range


At Champagne Tange-Gerard we suggest the following range of champagnes:

Classic line..........Meet our classic line champagnes
Singles line..........Meet our single line champagnes
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23. maj 2017

Welcome to our vineyards : 2017 this far is Fast Forward

This far 2017 looks like another early year in Champagne.

The first leaves were out around April 10th. Growth has been on ever since. At the moment we watch the buds unfold to reveal their complex inner construction that will develop into leaves, grapes and tendrils.

Luckily for us, only a few buds seem to have been hit by the spring frost of late April that has devastated vineyards all over Europe. In Champagne, the damage is evaluated to a loss of around 20-25 %, obviously with big individual differences. We were more worried about insects eating buds which seemed to happen disturbingly fast. Now their damages are visible, it is one of many nuisances of all sorts to cost us potential grapes.

Dry and warm
Since April, the weather has been very dry and quite warm. We have removed the grass between the vines in most fields to avoid too much competition for water between the vines and the grass.

The warm weather with temperatures well above 20 degrees Celsius most days for some weeks has made it necessary to begin lifting the wires around Ascension Day. It could be another early year, we have begun our comparison with mathcing jobs and dates in 2007 and 2011, both had grapeharvests in late August.

Assortment of Champagnes
The pink of buds and their interior at this crucial moment you will retrieve on the label of our Rosé de Saignée. It is a 100% Pinot Noir champagne, the taste is as powerful as this red grape allows with all the black fruits, you could ever want. It will fit anything from your aperitif to your main course and even a dessert like fruit salad.

We suggest our non vintage champagne of some age - Tradition - based on mainly Chardonnays. You will find it in Rosé and Demisec versions as well. Our two current 100% Chardonnay vintages are both from early years: The Blanc de Blancs from 2011 and the Selection from 2007.

Finally, the Noirs & Blancs is a non vintage champagne of some age, based on 70 % Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

Franco-Danish sustainability
As we have come from different worlds - France and Denmark - our daily work is to bring these origins and views together in our Tange-Gérard champagnes and in our daily work where we have made sustainability a key word of the management of our company. Last summer we were quite proud to receive our "viticulture durable" certification and we continue along this path. The bubbles, we enjoy them as much as ever, and our shared hope is to let them make your world spin in an easy-going, funny fashion too. Even just for a while.

Please mail us if you want to know more. Enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.

27. jan. 2017

Ok, it's been a while with 2017 already...

... but we still like to say Happy New Year to all of you.

One year has gone by since we told you about our plans to become certified as sustainable winegrowers. This is why we are quite proud to announce that we are now number 84 in Champagne who may use the logo at the right:: The symbol of sustainable winegrowing in our area. This is the first time we use it.

So what's in it for you?

The range you know plus a new one
Well, already this year we expect to see the range of good champagnes, that you already know, followed by a new serie of cuvées, made of our own grapes exclusively. The first of these champagnes is from 2013, and it represents the start of our conversion from conventional to sustainable winegrowing as it is the first season where we pruned all vines ourselves to get less and better grapes. More about the new Tange-Gerard champagne will follow later this year.

A first step with sustainability
You may want to know a bit more about sustainability. We have always experimented with methods and materials, and since 2012 we have gradually changed the direction towards ecology. In 2016 we applied for and later qualified to be certified sustainable winegrowers after providing documentation for our practices and choices made and an almost full day examination.

As we see it, sustainability is part of a process that will lead us to full ecological production (read more in the new sustainability section). This far, we have gradually stopped using chemi-cals in many areas and will continue to do so as our economy and organization allow. Every year we introduce practices to reduce our impact and print on our environment.


The importance of people meeting
The other important element of our company is the people. We have become increasingly aware about the value of different horizons. Not the least in a modern society that seems to become more stratified and individualistic as years go by. At our place, we don't meet the others, but each other. Foreign and French, young and old, unemployed and students, countryside and town. This makes us proud and its not even our invention:

"That's the only way I know how to receive people," says Annie, who is currently in charge of the cooking and the greeting at harvesttime. We believe that you cannot overestimate the importance of such a warm welcome combined with French countryside cooking and of course a quick one.

All our best wishes for you in the new year.

Cheers, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange, January 27th 2017

14. okt. 2016

Champagne 2016: Challenged by rain

In Champagne, 2016 has been marked by rain. Not least the grape harvest in late September. So what to expect from the grapes of such a year as we'll meet their tickling bubbles against our palates? We dropped the last grape in our black buckets only a few weeks ago but the final result remains difficult to predict. But as the season has been unusual ever since April, it is hard to imagine that the final bottled champagne should not be something special as well.

Now, it is not exactly hot news that growing grapes in Champagne can be a tricky affair. It has been so for centuries. Still, in 2016 it did seem more miraculous than ever to watch the balance between success and failure tilt to the positive side. In Soulières, residents must be closer to 100 years than 50 to have experienced a season with such a narrow margin. Mainly due to rain: Seemingly endless rain throughout spring gave us problems all summer. Then a few millimetres of rain shortly before the harvest made the grapes put on weight badly needed.

This allowed us to land 35 tonnes of pretty and healthy Chardonnays and Pinots. We began in the morning of September 21st and finished just before lunch seven days later. With a lot less grapes than usual but enough for the 8.000 bottles of Tange-Gérard champagne, we sell every year, and on top of that grapes for our coop. By now, most of it will have finished its first fermentation. Once stability is reached, next year, this very young wine will go through a second alcoholic fermentation in bottles to be blessed with bubbles by sugar and yeast.


Complicated season
In the vineyards this year, frost followed right after the first leaves were out. Maybe that's what disturbed the growth for the rest of the season. Or maybe the long draught of 2015 disturbed the production of grapes this year. Anyway, the big variation between the development of the plants was one factor that made 2016 such a challenge all the way.

Throughout the spring, the constantly pouring-down rain delayed the development of the vines further, it disturbed the flowering and made the fight against mildew rather constant throughout the spring to the end of July. Only in August the weather finally changed with temperatures far beyond 30 degrees Celsius. The heat saved a good deal of our grapes from the disease, but they were still small and few that we hired one third less people than usual to pick them. Five millimetres of rain few days before the start added substantially to the weight of the grapes - miraculously - now we wait to know more about their taste.


The must and the wine
We have tasted the must directly from the press. Especially Pinot Meunier is rich as our black grapes got very mature. Their future is mainly red as the colourful element of our otherwise Chardonnay-based rosé champagne. The Chardonnays were picked last, which helped to supply them with more sugar and less acidity in a fine balance between these decisive poles. It is still to early to say in which way the rain of 2016 will finally express itself in the wine. But stay tuned. The continuation will follow in a bottle hopefully near you in some years.


Current champagnes
Until then we suggest non vintage of some age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs), vintage Blanc de Blancs (2006 and 2010), two rosé types (Chardonnay-based Rosé d'Assemblage and Pinot Noir-based Rosé de Saignée) and finally a sweeter Demisec. In 2017, we expect to present the first bottle in a coming-up series of new Tange-Gerard champagnes for you.

Harvestgreetings from Alain Gérard og Solveig Tange, Soulières, october 2016

Be sure to enjoy
:-)