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Feuillatte launches first mevushal Champagne

Published:  23 July, 2008

Flash-pasteurised Champagne to tap into kosher market

Nicholas Feuillatte has launched the first flash-pasteurised Champagne by a Champagne house. Brut Kosher Mevushal will tap into a large kosher market, particularly restaurants and caterers. Previously, kosher Champagnes had to be served at religious celebrations by rabbinical supervisors. However, the mevushal process, heating the wine for a few seconds, then lowering the temperature, means that the wine can be drunk on any occasion by observing Jews. The wine was overseen by Lionel Gallula, who directed the rabbinical supervisors during the winemaking process. Gallula has worked for the Israeli company Baron Edmund de Rothschild. The wine is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, from the 1997 vintage. The first Feuillatte kosher Champagne was produced in 1997. The USA is the primary export market for Feuillatte's kosher Champagne, followed by the UK.