Charles Heidsieck Champagne has announced it is changing its Australian distributor to Robert Oatley Vineyards, after three years using Suntory Australia. 

The Champagne house, bought by Societe Europeenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI) last year, said on Monday (30 July) that the switch is being made as a more "wine-focussed partner" will benefit the business. The change takes effect from 1 September. 

"We have enjoyed our association with Suntory Australia over the past three years, but believe that the move to a more wine-focused partner will be to Charles Heidsieck’s advantage," said Cécile Bonnefond, the company’s president. 

Charles Heidsieck said its flagship Brut Réserve and Rosé Reserve champagnes, the Vintage Brut and Vintage Rosé, and its Blanc des Millénaires, are expected to become "increasingly available" in Australian fine-dining restaurants and wine shops from September as a result of the tie-up.