Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, (pronounced Nee-ko-la Fur-yat), the number one selling Champagne in France and the third biggest-selling Champagne brand in the world, behind Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, is now widely available in South Africa.
The Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes available In South Africa are:
- Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve
- Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé
- Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Brut Vintage 2004
Nicolas Feuillatte, the Man and the Brand
Nicolas Feuillatte was a Paris-born New York entrepreneur, international jet-setter and socialite with friends in high places the world over. He made his first fortune as a coffee merchant in New York and went on to make his second by creating his own brand of champagne in 1976. Often found in the company of the who's who of society, he decided that the Nicolas Feuillatte brand must in the first instance be able to satisfy the most discerning of palates, in order to also satisfy a wider audience. The champagne he created was an immediate hit with a group of A-listers. Famous for throwing lavish parties at his homes in New York, Tunisia, Sydney and Paris, he was frequently photographed with the rich and famous, including the Kennedys, Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren and Aristotle Onassis, with whom he played golf. Two women in particular contributed to the success of his champagne — Jackie Kennedy and Diana, Princess of Wales. With his celebrity connections, Feuillatte's champagne quickly became popular in the US, to the extent that supply was soon unable to match demand. To expand production, he teamed up with a collection of grower co-operatives based in Epernay and the brand began its miraculous rise through the ranks, selling more than 10 million bottles of champagne a year. Nicolas Feuillatte, the French entrepreneur behind the remarkably successful champagne that bears his name, died at the age of 88, in August this year, in the same week as his close friend, actress Lauren Bacall.