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									Dourthe puts the Sparkle back into Canard-Duchêne
Dourthe UK takes over the Off Trade distribution for Champagne Canard-Duchêne
in the UK on 1 June

Alain Thiénot, who owns a major stake in the Bordeaux producer/negociant, CVBG Dourthe
Kressmann, will move the UK distribution of Champagne Canard-Duchêne to Dourthe UK for the
Off Trade on 1 June.

Dourthe UK, which lists Bordeaux châteaux, Bordeaux brands, Château de Sérame in the
Languedoc and Clos de los Siete from Argentina in its portfolio, adds Champagne Canard-
Duchêne thus securing its off-trade distribution channels in the UK. Champagne & Châteaux will
continue to represent Canard-Duchêne in the on-trade and independent sectors.

Patrick Jestin, CEO of CVBG Dourthe Kressmann added, “We are excited about adding Canard-
Duchêne to our UK list. This historic house has 140 years of proven credentials. It is one of the
great independent Champagne houses in the Appellation today and the fifth Champagne brand in
the Off Trade in France.”

Champagne Canard-Duchêne, founded in 1868 by Victor Canard (a cooper) and Léonie Duchêne
(a wine grower), was bought by Alain Thiénot from Veuve Cliquot in October 2003. As one of
the original Grandes Marques Champagnes, Canard-Duchêne enjoyed the patronage of the
Russian Imperial family at the end of the 19th Century (from which it takes its coat of arms, a two
headed eagle); the Ecole Polytechnique founded by Napoléon and Saint-Cyr, the French West
Point before joining the LVMH Group in 1978.

Champagne Canard-Duchêne is located in Ludes, in the heart of Champagne. It produces a
selection of top quality Champagnes, predominantly from Pinot Noir, within its “Classic Range”
and “Grands Cuvées Range”. Its house style is elegant with good fruit intensity, freshness and
balanced maturity.

Dourthe UK will be showing a range of Champagnes from Canard-Duchêne on its stand at the
LIWF at H40/3.
Further information from
Sue at Spear Communications 01787 310005 or

Issued on behalf of Dourthe by Spear Communications, Cranmore Green House, Long Melford CO10 9AG
                                   Telephone +44 (0)1787 310005

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