DIJON, France (AFP) – A Chardonnay from a small winery in France’s Burgundy area been flying off the cabinets in Britain after wine lovers discovered that it was served finally month’s wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Olivier Leflaive property in Puligny-Montrachet advised AFP on Friday (June eight) it had solely discovered that its Bourgogne Les Setilles was served to company on the royal reception from media reviews.
The Sunday Times, which revealed the newlyweds’ alternative, mentioned the British wine service provider Lee & Wheeler bought 780 bottles in lower than two hours after the news broke, and would have bought 4 instances as a lot if it had the stock.
“We are so proud to have been part of such a special day! Congratulations Meghan & Harry!” the property, which additionally has a lodge and restaurant, mentioned on its Facebook web page, inviting the royal couple to go to.
Bastien Gautheron, the winery’s advertising and marketing director, described the Chardonnay as “the introduction to our line, the signature of the house”.
It sells its 2016 classic, described on its web site as having “notes of white flowers, peach, grilled almonds and lemon zest”, for €17.80 (S$28) a bottle, excluding transport – the decrease finish of the value spectrum for Burgundy wines.
The 2015 classic can also be on the market presently, however Gautheron mentioned he was not conscious which 12 months was served on the couple’s night reception.
He confirmed that worldwide gross sales had risen because the wedding ceremony, whereas declining to say by how a lot.
And vacationers visiting the property have been choosing up bottles “out of curiosity”, he mentioned.
“There is a particular interest among the English, but it has an international appeal.”
According to The Sunday Times, it was the one French wine served on the night reception, whose menu has not been formally revealed by Kensington Palace, the couple’s residence.
The official lunch menu mentions solely a “selection of wines” together with Pol Roger Brut Reserve Non Vintage Champagne.
It was not the primary time that British shoppers have made a beeline for a French speciality that made it onto the royal household’s menu.
Last September, gross sales of inexperienced lentils from the Puy-en-Velay area of south-central France soared after it emerged that Prince George, the oldest son of Prince William and his spouse Kate, can be consuming them at his new faculty.