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Anyone who knows me or reads my stuff, knows I adore champagne, including many so-called ‘grower’ champagnes.  That gives me licence to criticise it too. Not often I may add, but this week I saw things which pressed more buttons … Continue reading

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Recently I’ve heard complaints from some commentators that they wonder if the price of ‘grower’ (single estate or ‘domaine’ champagne, please) is going too high too fast. Part of the problem is that a few critics and some consumers have … Continue reading

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I think attitudes to single estate or domaine (what people call ‘grower’) champagne prices in the UK suffer because many see it as a ‘category’ or commodity. But there is clearly grower and grower, in quality and price. An elite … Continue reading

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It’s getting to the point where the ‘artisan’ word makes me think some wine commentators have mortgaged their brains and not made the payments. Everywhere I look I see websites and champagne geeks, wine writers and perhaps just the unthinking, … Continue reading

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I’ve been meaning to write this piece for so long.  But busy, busy got in the way.  That and the mistake of thinking I had to write a restaurant review.  Wrong, because I am not a restaurant reviewer.  But my … Continue reading

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The Institute of Masters of Wine, the club for the biggest brains in wine whose members pass the very tough exam, had a brainstorm last week. After champagne tastings of classic ‘Big Champagne’ houses Taittinger, Krug and Salon in the … Continue reading

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How far has single estate (‘grower’) champagne come? The top independent estates became so 20-40 years ago.  But only recently has it begun to seem grown up and step out in long pants with both serious connoisseurs and the more … Continue reading

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So-called ‘grower champagne’, often seen right now as the epitome of ‘cool’, could do itself a favour, as I often argue, and drop the term ‘grower’. Burgundy’s top small single estates or domaines long ago stopped being called ‘grower Burgundy’ … Continue reading

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I admire, drink and promote many so-called ‘grower’ champagnes.  But there is often a slim grasp of the facts and concept out there.  Some say ‘grower’ is the bees knees of ‘terroir’ and authenticity and dismiss the famous ‘grandes marques’ … Continue reading

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Champagne is especially abuzz at the end of April. For the past few years, most of the truly top quality small domaines have been running impressive tasting events, all grouped over one long weekend and open to the world’s champagne … Continue reading

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