Champagne export sales rose by 4% last year, while volumes also edged up, according to latest figures. 

Sales from shipments in the 12-month period hit EUR2.4bn, the Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC) reported. Export volumes were up 1%. 

Total Champagne category sales in 2014 were up 2.3% to EUR4.5bn, which the CIVV said was its second highest sales after 2007's total of EUR4.6bn.  

The CIVC underlined that the ‘Champagne reserve’ system of setting aside part of the crop in good years had enabled the industry to accommodate the growth in shipments.

Under agreements made relating to the yield for the 2014 harvest, the Champagne growers and houses set a figure of 400 kilos/hectare to be released  from the reserve, leaving open the possibility of increasing this to 500 kg/ha if sales exceeded 307m bottles by the end of the year.

More detailed full-year figures will be made available next month, the CIVC said.