Monthly Archives: August 2012

This established small estate in Ambonnay, on the south-facing flank of the Montagne de Reims, is one of the leading producers of so-called ‘grower’ champagne.  The term is unfortunate we think because ‘grower’ conveys an agricultural and peasant farmer image … Continue reading

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Of the two thousand and some so-called ‘grower champagne’ producers, Paul Bara can claim to be one of the founding greats of this burgeoning movement.  It refers to those champagne domaines, usually small, (although there are several owning over 25 … Continue reading

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This famous small house bought by Bollinger in 2005 is once more making good and striking wines. The parent group’s former marketeer Hervé Augustin (right) is now in charge after a complete makeover of the wines. The house’s history has it tottering through … Continue reading

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As I arrived in the Olympic Park at 8am with my family fresh from the seven minute Javelin train out of north London, little did we know just how good the day would be.  Losing out in the first ticket punt online, we finally … Continue reading

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This small single domaine champagne producer presents us with striking and original wines.  They are not simply ‘de nos jours’ in the ‘small grower’ movement.  Even within that sometimes hip and fashionable milieu, the champagnes made here are starkly-etched and assertive … Continue reading

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