Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bonnaire, in Grand Cru Cramant on the Côte des Blancs, is one of the leading domaine producers of the village with a solid reputation as single estate champagne.  The wines are well-known and appreciated, at least amongst enthusiasts for single estate … Continue reading

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Grower champagne should be called ‘domaine’ or ‘single estate champagne’ and join the rest of the wine world in how it tags producers. I realise most calls to change language are bleating in the wind when the horse has already bolted.  … Continue reading

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Profile updated October 2014. I recommend this small domaine champagne producer (pronounced ‘Lackort-Gobeeon’) for two simple reasons.  They make very good champagne and they are a young family working out of their socks with the requisite ambition to improve their champagnes still further.  To me, … Continue reading

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In 1994, one of the wine world’s more fascinating discoveries (I know we should get out more) took place: a huge amount of what was thought to be Merlot planted in Chile was in fact Carmenère.  That’s another grape variety, not … Continue reading

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Franck Pascal is one of the domaine champagnes (our preferred term to ‘grower’ for those estates making wine only from their own grapes) poised between stardom and a niche for specialist enthusiasts mad about new wave champagne.  Egly-Ouriet, Selosse, Larmandier-Bernier, Diebolt-Vallois and Vilmart sit on the domaine … Continue reading

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It’s not often I write an obituary for a champagne.  Some might argue there are plenty of champagnes that could head for the exit and not harm the future of civilisation one bit, might even do it a favour.  But … Continue reading

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This boutique house whose market is deliberately niche and principally on-trade (restaurants and hotels) rather than retail, is owned by Lanson-BCC, or to give it its full name: Lanson-Boizel-Chanoine Champagne Group, whose major shareholders are Bruno Paillard and Philippe Baijot. The group includes … Continue reading

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