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Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV

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The Experience

Drink When...
Things are improving
Listen To...
French Nova Radio
Think About...
About ducks
Drink With...
Croissants or smoked salmon

The Oddbins Take

Our French is rudimentary, but we think that Canard-Duchêne roughly translates as “duck of oak”. And we believe this to be a reference to how this elegant Champagne conquered the UK. The people of Ludes, near Reims, deposited an enormous wooden Trojan-duck at customs in Folkestone. The duck was filled to the brim with Champagne bottles, and when local customs officers wheeled it in, the trap door sprung open and bottles flew out, making their way up the M20 towards London. The rest is history. However, our understanding may not be historically factual.

The Vital Statistics

Country
France
Region
Champagne
Classification
AOC Champagne
Vintage
Non Vintage
Drink
Perfect Now
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
10g/l
12%
Alcohol Units
9
Awards
Bronze Award at International Wine Challenge 2011 / Silver Medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011

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The Style

Grape
Pinot Noir (45%), Pinot Meunier (35%), Chardonnay (20%)
Character
Not Too Dry, Rich
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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On a more serious note, Canard-Duchêne was created as the result of the marriage of a barrel maker, Victor Canard, and a wine grower, Léonie Duchêne. In 2009, the house is still led by a family dedicated to making fine wines and champagnes. The Champagne house has been located in Ludes in the Montagne de Reims National Park since 1868. Its founders were granted the right by the Russian Imperial Family to adopt its coat of arms as the family emblem. The crowned two-headed eagle has thus appeared on every Canard-Duchêne label since the end of the 19th Century. The brand was an official supplier of the Tsar Nicolas the second.