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French wine boss toasts English for putting the fizz into champagne

Jan 31, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

THE head of one of France's most illustrious champagne houses has weighed into a centuries-old debate about the origin of the sparkling wine by saying that "it was invented by the English".

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, head of Taittinger Champagne, made the comment in an interview with Le Figaro newspaper.

"I love England, it's a big market for bubbles. They love champagne," said Mr Taittinger, 65, an unabashed Anglophile.

"They created champagne because of a mistake. Benedictin...