Product Launch - GLOBAL: Champagne Tendil & Lombardi's Cuvée Hyménée

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Champagne Tendil & Lombardi's Cuvée Hyménée  

Category - Wine, Champagne, 12% abv

Available - From last month

Location - France, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Switzerland, US and Canada, from restaurants and wine shops

Price - EUR55 (US$71) per 75cl bottle

Distribution - Dependent on country

Champagne Tendil & Lombardi is continuing the rollout of its debut vintages with its latest varietal.

Cuvée Hyménée is the product of Laurent Tendil and Stéphane Lombardi, who set up their Champagne house in 2007 and released their first wines last year. The entire range is launching in the US in time for the holiday season, the company said.

The range includes Blanc de Noirs, Blanc de Blancs and Rosé.

Today, Champagne Louis Roederer group said it has sold the Bordeaux wine producer Château Bernadotte to a Hong Kong-based retail conglomerate.

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The newest Champagne brand on the market and already an entire range rated 90+

PARIS, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tendil & Lombardi announce their new range of true Champagnes to hit shelves in the U.S. for the 2012 holiday season. Tendil & Lombardi Champagne is the project of Laurent Tendil and Stephane Lombardi, childhood friends from Lyon, France. Champagne lovers from early on, Tendil et Lombardi both left top management positions in multinational companies when they made the leap towards what had been a dream for years, creating their own Champagne.

After reaching an agreement in 2007 with a producer allowing them to use parcels and equipment in the Aube region (Cotes des Bars), Tendil and Lombardi started the elaboration of their first cuvees, which would be released in 2011.

Lombardi explains "We both decided to chase down our dream, despite the economic climate and personal financial risks.  We've had some very rough nights where I would call Tendil saying this project is hopeless, and he'd tell me that we'd be fine -- some other nights he would call and I would be the one to reassure him."

The road is still very long for these two entrepreneurs, nevertheless Tendil & Lombardi Champagnes are already sold in eight countries, and all six cuvees have been rated 90+ by Wine Spectator, not to mention the positive response from Wine Enthusiast, Stephen Tanzer and others.


Tendil & Lombardi's six cuvees are mainly mono-varietal, either Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Lombardi explains, "This choice allows us to produce Champagnes that respect the specificity and authenticity of these two noble Champagne grapes." A highlight of the range is their "Rose de Saignee."

Whereas most modern rose Champagnes are made by adding red wine, Tendil & Lombardi's rose gets its enchanting pink color from the traditional method of leaving the juice in contact with the skins of the Pinot Noir. The only blended cuvee in the range is the Cuvee Hymenee.

Tendil explains, "Hymenee is the ancient Greek word for perfect marriage, and we think that this cuvee is the perfect marriage between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay." He might be correct, as this delightful blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir has recently been rated 92 Points by Wine Spectator.

This release was issued on behalf of the above organization by Send2Press(R), a unit of Neotrope(R).

SOURCE  Champagne Tendil & Lombardi


Original source: Company Release

Expert analysis

Global market review of Champagne – forecasts to 2016

Some of the issues and challenges addressed in the previous edition of just-drinks' Champagne report continue to influence a category struggling to grow. Recovery from economic downturn and tumbling sales was evidenced in 2010 and part way through 2011, only to be replaced with a further slow down at the end of that year and continuing into 2012. This has been more prevalent in the western European countries. Elsewhere there has been better sales performance, noteably in the US and Japan, significantly in Australia and not forgetting the burgeoning economies of Asia and Greater China. However, even these new markets can only go part way to offset the situation in the more mature markets, to such an extent that total Champagne shipments are expected to rise only slightly during 2012. According to the report, pronounced growth is unlikely until 2015.|

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