Champagne Barons de Rothschild, a venture co-owned by three branches of the Rothschild family, has said it will produce bespoke Champagnes for the Ritz in London.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild has made two exclusive Rothschild Champagne cuvées, which will be poured as the Ritz hotel in Mayfair’s house Champagnes from this month.
They will also be served to guests and residents at the Ritz Paris when it re-opens later this summer.
The new Ritz Reserve Brut and the 2008 Vintage Brut were unveiled at a tasting and dinner at the Ritz’s William Kent Room by Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, who is President of Champagne Barons de Rothschild.
Baron Philippe said, ‘They receive the same attention to quality and detail as all our other Champagnes.’
The Ritz Reserve Brut is a 50:50 assemblage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Grand Cru vineyards, with a low dosage of six g/L and four years maturation on its lees. It will cost £19 by the glass and £94 by the bottle.
The 2008 Champagne is also an equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It received six years on the lees and is made in even smaller quantities. A price has not yet been confirmed.
Decanter also understands that the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group will take the Ritz Reserve Brut. It will be rolled out within the group’s international portfolio region by region during the course of 2016.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild is made up of the three French branches of the family which individually own a number of wine brands and Bordeaux classed growth estates, including Mouton, Lafite and Clarke.
The boutique Champagne business was set up in 2003 and now produces around 500,000 bottles of Champagne each year under the watchful eye of Sereys de Rothschild and CEO Fredéric Mairesse.
Its first vintage was released last year at Vinexpo in 2015. ‘We produced just 7,000 bottles of our 2006 Blanc de Blancs of which 4,000 were distributed in 35 countries,’ said Mairesse. In the UK, the 2006. Stockists include Hedonism (£188), R&V Wines and Revolution Wine.
The Barons de Rothschild NV range includes a Brut, Extra Brut, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs.