The Story of De Watere Champagne

August 15th 2016

 

The story about De Watere champagne

 

Hello and welcome to another article at DailyDrinks!

 

Today, we are going to write about a champagne that you may or may not have heard about, yet screams quality and luxury.

5 years ago, in 2011,  a champagne named “Champagne De Watere” were for the first time introduced for the public to purchase as a celebration to commemorate 925 years of champagne passion within the “De Watere” family. Their champagnes are made in the vallée de la Marne,Champagne, France in a single premier cru vineyard. Their award-winning champagne is despite its relatively unknown name compared to other champagne brands such as Dom Perignon and Louis Roederer definitely in the top among the most luxurious and well tasting champagnes out there,  according to us. De watere is one of those things you have to try yourself before speaking about and we are so glad we did.

We have interviewed the owner and president of the De watere brand Martin A. Konorza to learn a bit about their family´s champagnemaking history and get more detailed information about their varieties of champagnes.

Although De watere´s family has had a champagne history for hundreds of years, it is still relatively new to the market and that´s probably why many of you haven´t heard of it yet but today,  we are going to learn more about the brand and also write about our own experience when we tried it for the first time ourselves.

 

What is it that makes De watere´s champagnes so special?

 Well, first of all, our common sense approach when it comes to production methods. We keep everything as eco-sensitive as possible as we believe only this approach can bring out the best in our grapes and live up to the grand tradition of the family De Watère (going back to 1086AD) which every bottle stands for. Our eco-friendly approach goes so far that we even employ horses in the vineyard instead of tractors.

Moreover, we treat each bottle with respect, as though it was alive with its own mind. We give them time to rest until they are perfect. For our current Brut Blanc that means about four years, for our Brut Rosé de Saignée this is almost seven years. We are not afraid of trying things; such as making a Rosé de Noir de Saignée; meaning 100% Pinot Noir grapes and leaving them bleed out until we have the perfect Rosé composition instead of making a red juice and a white one and combine the two.

Can you tell us a little about the different choices you have to offer and what years they are from?

We offer two varieties, our Brut Blanc and our Brut Rosé de Saignée. We always combine two consecutive years in equal proportions; 50/50.

For the Brut Blanc we combine 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. The current Cuvée is a 50/50 combination of 2011/2012. The Rosé de Saignée is a 100% Pinot Noir champagne. The current one is a 50/50 combination of 2008/2009.

 

Your most luxurious and exclusive champagne “Diamond edition” has a one carat round diamond, set in a one ounce pure gold medal beneath the bottle. This is really the height of pure luxury, priced at 45290 USD. How was the idea to create this born?

Diamond Edition was developed to commemorate 925 years of family tradition. De Watère was first recorded in the Doomsday Book in England in1086. Since then, my family has managed to keep our traditions and identification with our roots (French and English) intact. 

This grand tradition is what inspires us to always give our best to make a champagne worth of the long history and the responsibility it entails.

Diamond Edition comes with a pure gold coin in which a perfect round 1 carat diamond is set, held by two gryphons. The symbology here is that the gryphons (the crest symbols of the family) act as eternal guardians of the unbreakable diamond of solidarity which they hold between them.

We got the bottle delivered in their new white wooden box that gave a very luxurious feel. With notes of blackberries and raspberries, this rose is a perfect champagne for warm summer nights that refreshes very well. We found the taste a little bit stronger than other roses but the notes of fruit together with this strong taste resulted in a blend that worked so perfectly, making this champagne one of our favorites.