Jiles's Blog

Who Am I?

17 years spent living and working in Champagne has allowed Jiles to build up a vast amount of knowledge about all things bubbly as well as a very extensive network of contacts, especially amongst the smaller and less well-known champagne makers whose champagnes will probably amaze you with their quality and diversity.

A job as area manager for Asia and Australia with Moët et Chandon was what first drew Jiles to Champagne after completing an MBA in Luxury Brand Management at ESSEC, a prestigious business school just outside Paris.

After nearly 9 years at Moët Jiles moved back to the UK where he started one of the first online businesses promoting and selling grower champagnes, wrote two books on champagne and created an online champagne study course.

However the draw of ‘The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings’ once again proved irresistible and another 8 year stay in Champagne was the result.

Jiles now puts his knowledge and contacts to work in helping businesses and individuals to create their own private champagne brand.


 

How To Chose Champagne - Part 2

Here’s part 2 of my 4 part series about how to tell what a champagne is like before you buy the bottle

 Lots of people are unsure about how to choose one bottle of champagne over another and simply buy a name they know.

How Can You Tell What A Champagne Is Like BEFORE You Buy It?

Back, by popular demand, is a series of 4 short articles on how to choose champagne, especially a champagne that you've never tried before.

These 4 tips will

  • give you the confidence to venture outside the famous brands,
  • help you discover some of the amazing champagnes made by the less-well-known makers and
  • provide lots of fun when you share your new-found knowledge with your friends. 

French Supermarket Champagnes

I'm not entirely sure that what happens in the champagne market in France necessarily reflects what is happening, or is going to happen, elsewhere, but it's intriguing to watch the way sales are developing here in France and fortunately the statisticians at the good old CIVC can be relied upon to generate mountains of data to look at.

Countdown To The Harvest

We're now officially into La Veraison : the final ripening period before the harvest. Now's the time when the black grapes start turning black - up until now all the grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier have been the same green colour