By 1780 the fizzy wines of Champagne were more and more in demand, witness the huge increase in bottle production that testifies to this. One of the biggest problems was controlling that fizz, sometimes there was none or very little and often there was far too much with dire consequences, anything up to 70% breakage. The bottle was at the heart of this problem. What defines the ‘ Méthode Champenoise’ from other wines is a second alcoholic fermentation that is produced inside a bottle, however a rather unsightly yeasty deposit is also produced. It was the process of elimination of this deposit that ultimately changed the shape of the Champagne bottle. The yeasty slush was encouraged to slip down to the neck of the bottle by a series of manipulations known as ‘ Remuage ‘. It was then flushed out , ‘ Le dégorgement ‘. In older flowerpot type bottles the protruding shoulders were a hindrance to this process and so gradually the shoulders of the Champagne bottle disappeared and the bottle took on a certain elegance that is still with us today. One of the main protagonists of this gradual change was Madame Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin who through her long and assiduous correspondence ( more than 700 letters between 1800 -1850) with the Northern french glasshouses such as Folembray, Quinquengrogne, Haumont, Anor and others did more than anyone else to ‘ invent ‘ the Champagne bottle ... Cheers Barbe Nicole ....
 
1.6. C. 1780 - 1800.
Height. 28.4cm.  Width. 9.4cm.  Weight. 860gms.  Capacity. 765cc.
1.11.  C. 1780 - 1800.
Height. 28.4cm.  Width. 9.3cm.  Weight. 810gms.  Capacity. 765cc.
1.12.  C. 1780 -1800.
Height. 28.2cm.  Width. 9.5cm.  Weight. 920gms.  Capacity. 675cc.
1.1.  C.  1780 - 1800.
Height. 28.5cm.  Width. 10cm.  Weight. 850gms.  Capacity. 840cc.
1.8.  C. 1800 - 1820.
Height. 28.4cm.  Width. 9.7cm.  Weight. 820gms.  Capacity. 690cc.
1.9.  C. 1800 - 1820.
Height. 28.1cm.  Width. 9.6cm.  Weight. 940gms.  Capacity. 780cc.
2.191. C. 1820 - 1840. Very rare half bottle.
Height. 23.8cm.  Width. 7.1cm.  Weight. 630gms.  Capcity. 345cc.
5.12. C. 1840 - 1860.
Height. 30.4cm.  Width. 9.4cm.  Weight. 870gms.  Capacity. 807cc.
2.192.Moët et Chandon Marked on cork. C. 1840 - 1860.
Height. 30cm.  Width. 9.6cm.  Weight. 970gms.  Capacity. ?
2.193. Moët et Chandon. Cuvée Dom Perignon C. 1980.
Height. 28.5cm.  Width. 9.5cm.  Weight. 890gms.  Capacity. 750cc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHAMPAGNE
1780 - 1860
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