Champagne entrepreneur Nicolas Feuillatte dies

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Nicolas Feuillatte, the French industrialist in the rear the Champagne of the same name, has died at the age of 88.

A man who made his chance in the coffee business, Paris-born Feuillatte was a well-known figure in the US, where he mixed with the New York jet-set, including celebrity friends such as Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and Lauren Bacall, the Hollywood actress who died this year, August 12, at the age of 89.The Champagne which bears his name, has been produced by the province’s largest union of co-operatives since 1986.It is the number one selling Champagne brand in France and the third largest-selling Champagne brand in the world, in the rear Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, selling 9.9m bottles in 2013.Feuillatte made his chance by predicting the boom in instant coffee sales in the US after the Second World War and became the leading importer of coffee into the US from Africa.In 1962, he became the permanent United Nations representative for Ivory Coast, one of the world’s leading coffee-producing countries.In 1976, he took over his family’s 12-hectare Champagne vineyard at Domaine de Bouleuse, in the Ardre Valley near Reims, and started producing Champagne below his own name.With his celebrity connections, Feuillatte’s Champagne quickly became well loved in the US, to the extent that supply was soon powerless to match demand.In 1986, Feuillatte sold the brand to the up-and-appearance Centre Vinicole de Champagne, founded as a storage and vinification unit for wine growers in 1972 below ambitious president Henri Macquart.Since then, the business has prolonged to become the largest partnership of grower co-operatives in Champagne, comprising more than 5,000 growers, 80 member co-operatives and 2,150 hectares of vineyard.

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