Canned wine: the new trend
When I read in the industry press about the boom in canned wine (+80% in the US and +150% in the UK @tellementsoif.tv), I said "we are going to do cans"!
The wine industry is going greener, and cans can be almost indefinitely recycled (compared to ony 15 times for a glass bottle). According to waste professionals magazine Circular, almost 70% of cans are recycled and when it's done efficiently a beverage can can be back on the shelves in 6 to 8 weeks. Transporting and storing cans is also relatively energy efficient.
Creating our canned wine Ocean has been an exciting project. The launch was put back slightly due to COVID, but we are now ready to present our cans to foreign buyers at Wineparis (if you can't make it we'll find a way to get them to you). We wanted to create a fresh and novel identity for the wine that will appeal to a different clientèle to our traditional range of lees-aged Muscadets and other white varietals in bottles.
But what about the wine in the cans? Ocean is an AOC Muscadet, but what we are marketing is just a good classic dry white wine that is ready to drink. To make the wine accessible to all and not just Muscadet lovers, we've taken out most of the CO2, so there's none of the characteristic spritz of a Muscadet sur-lie. Can-making technology has improved so there is no metallic taste to the wine and conservation is great.
Unsurprisingly, French customers can be tough to convince, but we've had positive reactions from fish counters, for whom this is the perfect take-away wine to go with a dozen oysters. The combination of attractive packaging and an easily portable format makes Ocean great for a chic picnic or boat trip (no cumbersome bottle to lug around with you). Plus, as both younger and older segments look to drink more responsibly, smaller serve formats also look set to grow in popularity.
So what about you? Have you tried canned wine?
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Because this is good news, actually !!
Well, ok, I tell you then : we will be attending Wine Paris, from February 10th to February 12th, 2020 ! We are really proud and can't wait to be there to meet new nice partners.
Our Muscadet and Chardonnay are already available in some countries : Norh East USA, Japan and Belgium.
We now aim to progress on these markets, especially in the other regions of the USA, and get new ones, like Ireland or Eastern Europe countries.
Our key strengths, except the good quality of our wines of course ? Autonomy and responsiveness ! The way we are organised and the investments we make allow us to control every step of our process, and then meet our commitments. This is certainly one of the reasons why our japanese importer has trusted us for 15 years now...
September is here, time for harvest !
This year, like every year before, and every year after, our Domain is seething with excitement.
Some take turns in the vineyard, from dawn to dusk, to harvest the precious Melon B. and Chardonnay grapes. They started in the "Per son Pain" plot, then got out of the machine to manually harvest the "Rochils" hill. They will go on in Les Mortrais for Chardonnay.
Others bustle around at the cellar to extract the no less precious nectar for our Muscadet and other cuvées.
Scents, noises, first tastings... stir each sense of the whole team.
This "routine" is a kind of magic, as if time had stopped for a while, allowing life cycle to start over again.
We can't wait to tell you our first impression about this vintage 2019 !