21. sep. 2016

Grapeharvest 2016 is on

The grapeharvest is finally on at Champagne Tange-Gerard since the 21st of September. We expect it to last for approximately one week.

We began the picking in the Pinots of Loisy-en-Brie, and plan to pick the Chardonnays in the end. The quality of the grape so far seems fine. It was a nice surprise to experience that also quantity-wise we seemed to put more kilos in the basket than expected. The bit of rain we received lately may have contributed to let the grapes grow a bit.

Even the yields may not be quite as low as we have estimated, we will only know the final result in probably six days. And we don't expect to see usual quantities. The growth of the vines has been unusually troubled this year with frost in April followed by lots of rain and disease. This very unusual year will stay in our memories for a while despite the enourmous relief to be able to note that what we see and touch is good. As simple as that.

Thus with a smaller team than usual, we look forward to examine more closely what we will land in our buckets. Those grapes are the end of the growth of 2016, and they are also the beginning of the champagne 2016 of which we expect something different. Just like the year itself.

But that will be for later. At the moment we suggest non vintage champagnes of some age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs) and vintage Blanc de Blancs champagnes from 2006 and 2010. We suggest two rosé champagnes (Rosé de Saignée and Rosé d'Assemblage) as well as a sweeter Demisec champagne.

Everything is nice and tasty but don't take our word for it: Our doors are open whenever we are present so why don't you pay us a visit and try for yourselves? Please send a mail if you want to know more. Be sure to enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.



16. sep. 2016

Getting there: Grapeharvest 2016

Enjoy: Time is almost up in Champagne, and you may expect something good. At Champagne Tange-Gerard we will pick the first grapes of 2016 on September 21st.

At the moment, the grapes are reaching the maturity needed: Sugars go up and acidity the other way, though not too fast. On top of that the grapes are extraordinarily healthy due to the abundance of sun since late August.

Though our yields will not be the same quantities as usualsince their growth has been unusually troubled this year with frost in April followed by lots of rain and disease. This very unusual year will stay in our memories for a while despite the enourmous relief to be able to note that what we see and touch is good. As simple as that.

Thus with a smaller team than usual, we look forward to examine more closely what we will land in our buckets.

Such will be the end of the growth of 2016, and the beginning of the champagne 2016 of which we expect something different. Just like the year itself.

But that will be for later. At the moment we suggest non vintage champagnes of some age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs) and vintage Blanc de Blancs champagnes from 2006 and 2010. We suggest two rosé champagnes (Rosé de Saignée and Rosé d'Assemblage) as well as a sweeter Demisec champagne.

Everything is nice and tasty but don't take our word for it: Our doors are open whenever we are present so why don't you pay us a visit and try for yourselves? Please send a mail if you want to know more. Be sure to enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.








1. feb. 2016

Happy New Year: Sustainability


Happy 2016.

In Champagne the year remains new for a while, and as for the happiness we may as well choose to believe in it. As messy and grim as it looked in the end, the old year did not only provide us with terror in Paris but also with a global deal on climate. Partly voluntary but a deal is still a deal.

It is about time. Maybe too late, nobody knows really. The agreement is still rather fresh, and nothing is easier than to doubt its value. But it does not bring anything not to believe at all. Or to wait for everybody else to do something first. Everybody can make a difference, in certain areas Denmark has been an example of this.

Work with warming
In Champagne, researchers have worked with warming for a long time. Back in 2003 the Comité Champagne published a detailed statement of the CO2-emissions of the region as the first of its kind. In the following 10 years, the total emission of CO2 was reduced with 7%, the target is to reach 25% before 2020.

However, it is a long way from research of scientists to the winegrower and his or her daily work in the vineyard. And there are not too many easy solutions either. For instance CO2-emissions. Every year we prune thousands of vines and burn the off cuts directly in the vineyards. This sends out CO2 (7% of the total CO2-emission in Champagne in 2013). Nowadays it is possible to recycle the off cuts and turn them into fuel or even boxes, soon to be available in a version with 30% wood from the vines. So what are we waiting for?

The alternative to get rid of the branches is to crush them with a tractor. Eventually, the pieces will turn into mulch. A nice green solution apart from the fact that the tractor emits CO2 as well, as it takes quite some time to crush. We have diseases that spread in the vineyards (especially Esca attack the vines lethally and cannot be treated in any way), and one way to avoid the spread is to burn everything. Not good for your CO2-emission we confess. But it is necessary to make some choices for everybody.

Sustainability certificate
In 2016 we hope to retrieve a sustainability certification. We have been on the way for a while. New methods are implemented like plowing the soils instead of using herbicides and usage of ecological fertilizers instead of conventional. Other parameters are reduced usage of chemicals, recycling and evaluation of our work environment. We have kept records of the work done in the vineyards day by day and season by season for years already.

The latest year, 2015, was the warmest ever to be registered in France. The heat wave with almost no rain provided us with fewer but also even better grapes qualitywise than usual. In other words the best start a wine can get. Will the vintage of 2015 become a champagne like those we may expect with warmer weather then? Already the climate in Champagne is now 1,2 degrees Celsius warmer than 30 years ago. Basically, we cannot know but warm or cold: The climate has its decisive role for a champagne today as well as it did before. 2015 is not exception from this rule.

We would like to thank you for good questions, kind words and personal contact in 2015 Hopefully a great 2016 awaits you, with fine bubbles in your glass. Maybe we'll meet (again).

Solveig Tange & Alain Gérard, Soulières 31st of January 2016.


Tange-Gérard suggest non vintage champagnes of a certain age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs) and vintage Blanc de Blancs champagnes from 2006 and 2009. We suggest two kinds of rosé champagnes - Rosé de Saignée and Rosé d'Assemblage as well as a sweeter Demisec champagne. All nice and tasty but don't take our word: We invite you to visit and try for yourselves.

Our doors are open whenever we are there. Please send a mail if you want to know more. Be sure to enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.

24. dec. 2015

Noël - X-mas - Jul


A merry christmas to everybody who celebrates it, and happy holidays for everybody else.

Snow is rare this very warm year. Vineyards of 17 degrees Celsius as late as December 17th. Further north, in Denmark, temperatures are more like early spring than heart of winter.

We will celebrate anyway, with angels of light seen in the low skies over the christmas market of Reims, and a few bubbly bottles.

This year we'll go for this type.

 
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Tange-Gérard suggest non vintage champagnes of a certain age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs) and vintage Blanc de Blancs champagnes from 2006 and 2009. We suggest two kinds of rosé champagnes - Rosé de Saignée and Rosé d'Assemblage as well as a sweeter Demisec champagne. All nice and tasty but don't take our word: We invite you to visit and try for yourselves.

Our doors are open whenever we are there. Please send a mail if you want to know more. Be sure to enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.



30. aug. 2015

Welcome to coming up grapeharvest in Champagne


Grapeharvest in Champagne will be on from September 1st. At Tange-Gerard, we will begin on September 10th.

Our team is ready. So are the grapes. And they are looking good, as any other year in Champagne. However, the summer of 2015 is not like any other. Warmer and drier than ever before as far as we are concerned.

In our plots we have had to deal with the drought, as the grass in the plots competes with the vines to reach the underground water. In some plots the grapes are smaller because they suffered to the heatwave as they flowered. No or little rain also mean that the plots show absolutely no sign of diseases like mildew, botrytis or oidium, always followed carefully in Champagne.

Thus we expect lower yields than last year and of good quality. The acidity could be low, for example the malic acid is measured low in samples. The sugars on the other hand high since the good weather continues for the moment.

These grapes will allow us to elaborate wines into the champagnes, you already may know. Our non vintage champagnes of some age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs) and vintage Blanc de Blancs champagnes from 2006 and 2009. We suggest two rosé champagnes (Rosé de Saignée and Rosé d'Assemblage) as well as a sweeter Demisec champagne.

Everything is nice and tasty but don't take our word for it: We invite you to visit and try for yourselves. Please send a mail if you want to know more. Be sure to enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.



27. jul. 2015

Welcome to our world of champagne


A cold spring followed by a warm and dry summer. This is what the grapes looked like in late July.

At this time we noticed the very first, very early change of colours. These Pinot Meuniers still have weeks of work though before the dark almost blackish blue they will have reached as we approach the vendanges.

When the grape clusters begin to mature, the vines usually begin to slow down their incredible growth marathon, performed ever since the leaves came out in mid April. Now the vines will grow less and instead concentrate on the maturation of grapes.

Thus we will have less work outdoors and in the weeks to come begin to think about the grapeharvest.

We will pick 30.000 kiloes of grapes, which will enable us to elaborate wines into champagnes, both the types you already may know and a new one.

We suggest non vintage champagnes of a certain age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs) and vintage Blanc de Blancs champagnes from 2006 and 2009. We suggest two kinds of rosé champagnes - Rosé de Saignée and Rosé d'Assemblage as well as a sweeter Demisec champagne. All nice and tasty but don't take our word: We invite you to visit and try for yourselves.

Our doors are open whenever we are there. Please send a mail if you want to know more. Be sure to enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.



3. feb. 2015

Welcome to our world of champagne


Early spring is here. Birds sing, and now we benefit from the incredible increase of lux that seems to wrap everthing in a layer of golden light. Inside and outside. A bit like champagne itself :-)

We are about to finish the pruning which is the biggest manual task of the year. Doing this thoroughly and well is the basics of the quality we eventually want to share with you as you enjoy our champagne, and this is why we prefer to do most of this demanding task ourselves. The next job is to attach the vines to the wires.


Inside the walls we deal with the vins clairs of the grapeharvest in 2014. The Blanc de Blancs and the assemblage for our Tradition will be on its way. Up for tasting these next weeks are the rosés and the plot wines that we are particularly curious about.

The single plot champagne of 2014 is our second and made of Chardonnays from Loisy-en-Brie. At this moment it is a very promising still wine, complex and with a good acidity. However, it will have to spend quite some time in the caves for the prise de mousse this spring followed by several years of aging.

At the moment we suggest non vintage champagnes of a certain age (Tradition and Noirs & Blancs) and vintage Blanc de Blancs champagnes from 2006 and 2007/2008. We suggest two kinds of rosé champagnes - Rosé de Saignée and Rosé d'Assemblage as well as a sweeter Demisec champagne.

April tastings in Champagne? Our doors are open in Soulières. Please send a mail or phone at +33 (0) 9 82 34 08 66 if you want to know more. Be sure to enjoy, Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange.

 
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