The importer makes its first foray into Champagne with the newly-awarded world champions at the CSWWC
NAPA, CA (December 14, 2020) — Quintessential, recently named 2020 “Importer of the Year”, will welcome Champagne Palmer & Co. to its portfolio effective January 1, 2021. The esteemed Champagne House, regarded for its highly acclaimed wines and prestigious vineyard holdings will enter into an exclusive U.S. market import partnership with Quintessential at the start of the new year.
The agreement includes Champagne Palmer’s unique Rosé Solera (SRP $80) as well as their emblematic Brut Reserve (SRP $60) and Blanc de Blancs (SRP $90)—both of which were just announced as the best wines in their respective categories at the 2020 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC). The Vintage 2012 (SRP $120) and limited allocations of select library vintages and large format bottles will also be available through Quintessential. Additional cuvees from the Palmer & Co range will be introduced gradually.
“Quintessential has an excellent reputation for supporting family-owned wineries, and with the many families that comprise Champagne Palmer & Co., we are delighted to partner with an importer who shares our values,” remarked Rémi Vervier, Managing Director of Champagne Palmer & Co. “We’re looking forward to working with such a well-respected company to further develop and grow our position in the U.S. market.”
Since 1947, Palmer & Co has been federating like-minded independent growers who have been farming their lands with passion for generations. With more than 200 hectares of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims area, the importance given to time and a constant commitment to quality, the House produces some of the most highly-regarded wines in Champagne.
“We’re honored to be entrusted with the legacy of Champagne Palmer & Co. and to maintain its position in the market as a leader of ultra-premium luxury Champagnes,” commented Dennis Kreps, who owns Quintessential with his father Stephen D. Kreps. “We share their commitment to sustainable winegrowing, their dedication to family-owned vineyards and their spirit of excellence.”
In an announcement made by the CSWWC today, Champagne Palmer Brut Reserve was named the world’s best Brut NV, and Champagne Palmer Blanc de Blancs was awarded the trophy for the best Champagne Blanc de Blancs NV. This is the second year in a row that Palmer Blanc de Blancs has earned such a prestigious title, after taking home the world champion trophy in 2019. The CSWWC is the most respected, comprehensive and rigorous international sparkling wine competition in the world, judged by leading Champagne experts Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW and George Markus.
As the exclusive U.S. importer for Champagne Palmer & Co., Quintessential will oversee all sales and marketing for the portfolio. For more information, visit www.quintessentialwines.com or call (707) 226-8300.
Recently named Importer of the Year in the 2020 Wine Star Awards, Quintessential is a family-owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, California. Since 2002, father and son, Stephen D. and Dennis Kreps have dedicated their company to representing multi-generational, family-owned producers who have the same passion for winemaking that Quintessential has for strategically marketing and selling those wines. These producers, and others that have recently joined from top wine regions around the world, create wines that offer the best, most authentic expression of the grapes from their respective vineyards. For more information, please visit http://www.quintessentialwines.com.
About Champagne Palmer & Co:
Founded in 1947 and established in Reims, Palmer & Co is an ultra-premium Champagne House with over 200 hectares (500 acres) of vineyards classified as Grand and Premier Crus in the Montagne de Reims area. The Palmer & Co wines mature in a maze of deep chalky galleries, remaining in contact with the lees for at least four years for Palmer Brut Reserve, six to eight years for the vintage cuvees and up to ten years or more for magnums and larger format bottles. Highly regarded for their excellence and elegance, the Palmer & Co cuvees are regularly distinguished in major international wine competitions and endorsed by Champagne experts. To learn more, please visit www.champagnepalmer.com.