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Yesterday, certainly in the UK, most champagne lovers were basking in Saturday afternoon sunshine, planning BBQs with friends or shopping for their holiday departures. Meanwhile an important new step in the prestige of the Champagne region was being considered in … Continue reading

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1  Champagne quality has never been so high or so excitingly varied in taste. I welcome the trend for new blends, variation of dosages, different oak treatments, the use of old vine and lower yield Meunier, more fractional use of … Continue reading

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We all love it when the wine bore gets what for. I’m up to my helpless neck in wine, besotted, especially champagne as you might notice.  A proper bore talks about their obsession to people who do not share it, … Continue reading

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In Reims last week, I was served a very oxidised champagne which had also lost most of its original fizz or mousse. So, if you have come to look at this blog piece because you’re a fan of Prosecco, do … Continue reading

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Champagne is another country. They do things differently there. Yield, for wine, is how much you make from a unit of land.  Among many wine lovers there is a perhaps naive view: high yield bad, low yield good. The idea … Continue reading

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I remember some years ago, driving along in conversation with Jean-Hervé Chiquet of Champagne Jacquesson, when I popped the question.  Startled, he slowed the car and sucked in his breath.  ‘Wow’, he said.  ‘Quite a question.  I’ve not been asked that … Continue reading

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It’s hard to resist telling you my top 10 champagnes I tasted last year.  I realise for some this is what the French call m’as-tu-vu, the snob’s tendency to name-drop and show off.  I like to think I’m above all that.  But … Continue reading

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I was struck looking through the notes on the champagnes I had tasted over the last couple of weeks by the sheer myriad styles it’s possible to encounter these days.  There are times when the supermarkets’ serried ranks of generally uninspiring … Continue reading

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Champagne Veuve Clicquot can often sing in the glass.  But not, you would think, centre stage at the Colisseum Theatre in central London, home of the English National Opera.  Perhaps more Merry Widow than champagne.  But recently Veuve Clicquot came to town and … Continue reading

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One of champagne’s strengths is the way it covers off all the bases, both of quality, price and of the social niche it can be associated with.  For all its traditionally posh image, most of it still costs less than a ticket to … Continue reading

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