9. sep. 2018

Harvest 2018 : Superbe, magnifique or put simple : just zen

5.000 kiloes of grapes.This is the weight, that has passed through the hands of each picker in average at our place. It gets close to double of an ordinary year. That is like any other year than 2018, where absolutely nothing has been neither normal nor ordinary in Champagne. The seven days of grape harvest at Champagne Tange-Gerard were Zen. Simply put.

A deep pleasure to collect perfect fruits
Please imagine the clusters. They may be Pinots of a deep blue colour, at places close to black, or green Chardonnays turning yellow with their dark and barely visible points on a skin that lets you catch just a glimpse of the tiny pips inside. The grapes are not big enough to touch each other leaving the clusters open instead of compact. And there are so many of them that none in Champagne saw anything like it ever. The result of perfect weather throughout the flowering in june and ever since.

These blue and green spheres are what this is about. They throng the branches of the vines, just perfect. No of rots, mildew or other scourges that we usually have to sort out. This year all clusters are in perfect health. One after another. We eat as many as we want to. The acidity does not bite as much as some years, but it still counterbalances the sweetness of grapes, that grew up in paradise all summer.

Not everyone would choose the word Zen to describe the repetitive task when you cut five ton of absolutely gorgeous grapes in seven days. But those of us who did this before know from within that what we experience this week is on another level than ever before.

Future champagnes from a superb year
The best way to make good champagne is to have ditto grapes for a start. The sacrosanct ba-lance between sugar and acidity counts, yes sir indeed, but the best possible start of something big is still to have absolutely healthy grapes in your press.

To say that we do not have expectations to the vintage of such an exceptional year as 2018 would be a downright lie. We had the last taste of the must right off the presses on the last day of the harvest at our place, August 31rd. Now is the period where the must fermentates to wine, next year, we will fermentate it once again in the bottle and after a couple of years or four more in the caves, it will have transformed into champagne. Only then will come the time of looking for words to qualify the quite extraordinary grapes of 2018.

The next single is ont its way
This autumn we plan to present our next single : a blanc de blancs champagne from 2014. A year that began early and warm to change into rain and cold to finally end happily with sun and sugar and it is all there in the bottle, certified sustainable as is cuvée Solliage from 2013.
We have sold Solliage since February this year. It has received many fine words and sold well, which confirms us in our big investment, economically and timewise, to create a new range of champagnes. Of course we continue to sell our old brut friends like Tradition and Noirs & Blancs, both non vintage, the vintage champagnes Blanc de Blancs (2012/13) and Selection (2007) and the rosé champagnes Rosé d’Assemblage og Rosé de Saignée,

Regards from Zenpagne,
Alain Gérard and Solveig Tange, Soulieres, September 2018


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

24. aug. 2018

Champagne Tange-Gerard : Grapeharvest from Aug 25th

These Pinots were sampled one week ago.

Saturday 25th of August, it's for real.

At Champagne Tange-Gerard, we will begin with the black Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to continue with the white Chardonnays in a few days.


Good quality of grapes
The quality of the year is very promising.

Lots of sugar due to the wonderful weather all summer and zero rots thus perfectly healthy grapes.

This is excactly what you need to make great champagne. So that will be very interesting to follow even it is not for us to guess about right now.

We receive people for dinner tonight and tomorrow we are ready for take-off.


A single from 2018
Obviously, we plan to make another future member of our "singles" line, introduced earlier this year, and where the main shared feature is singularity.

As the quality of 2018 seems so interesting and promising.

We expect the first of our singles, Cuvée Solliage (Read more here), to be followed by the next one later this year. It is a brut nature made of 100% Chardonnays.

Please fine more information about the general ideas of the singles line here and about the classic line here.


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.

In the summer of 2016, we proudly received our viticulture durable certification. This summer we passed the "mid term"-check. This is a demanding choice for a small company like ours that is not equipped with state-of-the-art machinery to support the change of the way we work in the vineyards. Our main tools are more than 40 years old, and that includes ourselves :-)

As for 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 fashion too. Champagne makes the world more fun, even just for a while, why not go for it ?


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

3. feb. 2018

Welcome to the first TG single : Cuvée Solliage

Today is the day we have waited for very long at Champagne Tange-Gerard.

When you read this, we have just presented our new champagne which is the first member of a new and second range. The singles line will join what from now on will be known as the classic line.

Now, say hi, meet the world, Cuvée Solliage :-) World, please welcome our little bubbly one.


The classic and singles lines
So what is different then ? The singles line... that's were you will find this latest member of the family and the first one where the main shared feature is singularity.

Read more about the new champagne here (with fact sheet) and find information about the general ideas of the singles line here.

The classic line... that's all the different champagnes you have met this far. Find them all here, and read about the general ideas of the classic line here.


The place, today and tomorrow
Based in Champagne, we have many customers turned friends and friends turned customers in Copenhagen, which is why we have chosen this city to present our first single cuvée for people who has been helpful throughout our nine years of existence.

We'd like to extend our range of action beyond Denmark and France. If you are interested, please don't hesitate to drop a mail to arrange how to possibly meet at your place or at ours for a taste and a discovery at our premises.


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.

In the summer of 2016, we proudly received our viticulture durable certification. Now we are up for new evaluations to continue along this path. This is a demanding choice for a small company like ours that is not equipped with state-of-the-art machinery to support the change of the way we work in the vineyards. Our main tools are more than 40 years old, and that includse ourselves :-)

As for 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 fashion too. Champagne makes the world more fun, even just for a while, why not go for it ?


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

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.

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