Wine technology innovator Coravin has released the Sparkling System, which extends the life of a single bottle of sparkling wine.
Until now the company was best known for a wine preservation system for still wines, through the injection of inert gas into single open bottles.
Now, after extensive testing in collaboration with the global Maisons of the Moët Hennessy Group – which include Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Moët & Chandon – Coravin Sparkling was created. It is designed to ensure the integrity of bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine, weeks after the first glass has been served.
Coravin has therefore signed a strategic partnership with Moët Hennessy for the technology to become the ‘Official Preservation Partner of Moët Hennessy Champagnes’. Together, both partners will ensure its global distribution, focusing on restaurants, wine bars, and other establishments with on-premise consumption of fine drinks.
Coravin CEO Christopher Ladd said: “Coravin’s aim is to make fine wines and Champagne more accessible by facilitating by-the-glass options. As a relatively young company, to have the recognised world leader in Champagne and luxury sparkling wines not only support but adopt our technology is extraordinary.”
After 8 years in development, the Coravin Sparkling System is said to be the first universal fit solution to preserve the effervescence and flavours of sparkling wine after single-glass service. Its Sparkling Stopper locks securely on any half-bottle, 750ml bottle or Magnum, while the Sparkling Charger injects carbon dioxide into the bottle after the wine is served, to prevent the bubbles from dissipating.
Didier Mariotti, cellar master of Veuve Clicquot said: “The Coravin Sparkling System is able to wonderfully preserve the flavours and mouthfeel of our Champagne for 2 weeks. It is the first product of its kind to perform at this level.”
The new technology could also have an economic benefit for restaurants and bars by virtually eliminating the risk of waste, while making prestige Champagne more accessible to consumers.
Philippe Schaus, president and CEO of Moët Hennessy, commented: “Our mission is and always has been to craft great experiences for our consumers. The new Coravin system will enable more Champagne lovers to discover and enjoy exceptional bottles. Indeed, it will allow our gastronomy partners and the finest bars and clubs to offer our different Champagne brands and expressions by the glass while, over several days or weeks, keeping them fresh and sparkling.”
While Coravin founder, Greg Lambrecht concluded: “Creating this system has always been a dream. Now that we’ve brought it to fruition, I’m incredibly proud to partner with Moët Hennessy to expand the ways the world can experience and enjoy sparkling wines.”