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Parlons Grands crus – Let’s talk Grands Crus

I had the chance to participate in a very challenging discussion concerning the Grands Crus of the world and what should be the characteristic and definition of a Grand cru within old world and new world, of course it’s the very basis of a rhetorical question. A session animated by two amazing women, Laura Catena and Michelle Bouffard. The ambitious exercise consisted in comparing wines of the famous and much acclaimed Bodega Catena Zappata with Iconic wines from Iconic old world appellations. A sort of new world vs old world, in a comparative way but also in order to get a more comprehensive approach. It goes with the original dream of Catena, to make Argentine wines that can stand with the best of the world. I’ll admit it actually did on this special occasion. So what is a Grand cru? Some definition will include a notion of price / terroir/ specific conditions/ Final Quality. However, in reality, as it may be a combination of all, it’s also more than that. How about consistency of quality throughout the years, or even the generations? What if we talk of a distinctive expression? A special place making a special wine, the very definition of Grand cru might be adaptable in the end.

William Fèvre Chablis Grand cru Le clos 2015 VS Adrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay 2015

White Stones comes from selected vines on a 2.5 ha parcel and refers to the soil made of pale rounded stones. It’s an extreme altitude location of 1500 meters. Beside one and another, two things strike at first during tasting. First, the similarities in terms of freshness, minerality and delicate spiced herbs tinge. Then, I noticed the differentiations in term of textures and the typical acidulated side of Adrianna. Two Grand wines with their own personality, yet an overall resemblance.

Domaine de Montille, Corton-Charlemagne Grand cru 2014 VS Adriana vineyard White Bones Chardonnay 2015

Slightly smaller than Whites stones, White bones is only 2.2 ha. Again, the name refers to the soil filled with unique crumbly calcareous deposit and fossils. The vineyard is situated in a passage where used to be a river that is now dried up. This time the comparison is not one of similarities but more of specific and distinctive style. While we get the Corton-Charlemagne at its fullest in De Montille sampling, Adrianna is showing a completely unique aromatic character. A powerful and dominant aroma of Sage and confit ginger left everyone puzzled and bewildered.

Louis Jadot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru VS Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2014

As much as the comparison of Pinot Noir and Malbec may seem disproportionate, there was a very logical explanation behind this choice. Both wines showcased a strong floral component and suddenly they don’t appear so much disparate. Fortuna Terrae Malbec is unique in itself for its soft tannins, delicate first impression with its power in concentration and not in its structure.

 

Marchesi Antinori Solaia 2014 VS Nicolas Catena Zapata 2014

Maybe the most ambitious head to head. Solaia, especially in its 2014 vintage is a wine of great expression and amazing complexity. Yet, face to face with the Cabernet and Malbec blend, they seemed to like each other. I’m not saying one was better than the other, nor that they were similar, just that they were both as pleasant and satisfying. They bring out another question concerning Grand Cru, is blends, especially blends coming from different specific parcels, still considered a Grand cru? Or must it be a single vineyard, single varietal absolutely? Again, mostly rhetoric.

Parlons Grands Crus

J’ai eu l’occasion de participer à une discussion très stimulante sur les grands crus du monde et sur ce qui devrait être la caractéristique et la définition d’un grand cru dans l’ancien et le nouveau monde. Une session animée par deux femmes extraordinaires, Laura Catena et Michelle Bouffard. C’était, bien sûr, fondamentalement une question rhétorique. L’exercice ambitieux a consisté à comparer les vins de la célèbre et très appréciée Bodega Catena Zapata avec des vins emblématiques d’appellations iconiques du vieux monde. Une sorte de nouveau monde par rapport au vieux monde, de manière comparative, mais aussi pour obtenir une approche plus globale. Il va de pair avec le rêve original de Catena, qui consiste à produire des vins argentins capables de résister aux meilleurs vins du monde. Je dois admettre que cela s’est réellement produit lors de cette occasion spéciale. Alors qu’est-ce qu’un grand cru? Une définition inclura une notion de prix / terroir / conditions spécifiques / qualité finale. Cependant, en réalité, il s’agit peut-être d’une combinaison de tous, mais c’est aussi plus que cela. Que diriez-vous de la cohérence de la qualité à travers les années, voire les générations? Et si nous parlions d’une expression distinctive? Un endroit spécial pour faire un vin spécial, la définition même du Grand cru pourrait être considérée adaptable finalement.

William Fèvre Chablis Grand cru Le clos 2015 VS Chardonnay de pierres blanches Adrianna Vineyard 2015

White Stones provient de vignes sélectionnées sur une parcelle de 2,5 ha et fait référence au sol constitué de pierres arrondies et pâles. C’est un endroit d’altitude extrême de 1500 mètres. À côté l’un de l’autre, deux choses frappent au début lors de la dégustation. Premièrement, les similitudes en termes de fraîcheur, de minéralité et de fines herbes épicées se teintent. Ensuite, j’ai remarqué les différences en termes de textures et le côté acidulé typique d’Adrianna. Deux grands vins avec leur propre personnalité, mais une ressemblance générale.

Domaine de Montille, Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne 2014 VS Vignoble Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2015

Légèrement plus petits que White Stones, White bones ne représentent que 2,2 ha. Encore une fois, le nom fait référence au sol rempli de dépôts calcaires friables uniques et de fossiles. Le vignoble est situé dans un passage où se trouvait une rivière à présent asséchée. Cette fois, la comparaison n’est pas faite de similitudes, mais plutôt de style spécifique et distinctif. Tandis que nous obtenons l’échantillonnage Corton-Charlemagne le plus complet dans De Montille, Adrianna montre un caractère aromatique tout à fait unique. Un arôme puissant et dominant de sauge et de gingembre confit a laissé tout le monde perplexe et déconcerté.

Louis Jadot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru VS Vignoble Adrianna Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2014

Bien que la comparaison du pinot noir et du malbec puisse sembler disproportionnée, ce choix a une explication très logique. Les deux vins présentaient une forte composante florale et soudainement, ils ne paraissent plus aussi disparates. Fortuna Terrae Malbec est unique en soi pour ses tanins souples, sa première impression délicate avec sa puissante concentration  et non pas sa structure.

 

Marchesi Antinori Solaia 2014 VS Nicolas Catena Zapata 2014

Peut-être le plus ambitieux face à face. Solaia, en particulier dans son millésime 2014, est un vin d’une grande expression et d’une complexité incroyable. Pourtant, face à l’Assemblage de Cabernet et de Malbec, ils semblaient s’aggémenter. Je ne dis pas que l’un était meilleur que l’autre, ni qu’ils étaient semblables, mais simplement qu’ils étaient aussi agréables que satisfaisants. Ils soulèvent une autre question concernant le grand cru: les mélanges, en particulier ceux provenant de différentes parcelles spécifiques, sont-ils encore considérés comme un grand cru? Ou doit-il s’agir d’un seul vignoble, d’un seul cépage absolument? Encore une fois, surtout de la rhétorique.

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Discovering Claude lalonde

As a trained and passionate sommelier, wine for me is a question of pleasure, passion and constant discovery. The world of wine constantly amazes me as it is in perpetual change and it keeps me on my toes to stay abreast of these changes. Wine should also be fun and as such should not be taken too seriously. That is why I feel that once in a while a bit of humour is needed to bring us back to reality. As for you the readers, I have a responsibility of finding the wines with the best values and I have to entertain you with great stories about various producers we regularly meet. Yeah, that’s it! I feel I need to ‘’Winetertain’’ you!!

Website: vinformateur.com – Social Media: facebook.com/vinformateur

When did you realize that you were passionate about wine?

In 1984, I took wine lessons with none other than Jules Roiseux and that’s when it all started. Then followed the entire series of wine courses of the SAQ and ultimately my course in sommellerie. My meeting with Benoît Major senior advisor at the SAQ accelerated this passion!

What is your favorite wine event?

In fact, every meeting with a winemaker or producer is a major event in my opinion. That’s where it goes. As for events as such, I think I like The Great Tasting of Montreal. I also like the Master Classes that are well done especially Benevuto Brunello.

What are your plans for the coming year?

Wine trips especially press trips. This is my primary goal.

What is the most remarkable bottle you have had the chance to taste?

La Tâche 1999, blind tasted nonetheless. Let’s say it was very good !!

Which wine destination is the most interesting in your opinion?

The region of Piedmont. The wines are extraordinary, the fabulous landscapes and the vine growers are simple and generous. In fact the producers are not from the nobility as in many other regions of Italy. They are people of the earth. Some ” paesano ”!

 

Sommelier formé et passionné, le vin est pour moi une question de plaisir, de passion et de découverte constante. Le monde du vin me surprend constamment car il est en perpétuel changement et me tient sur mes gardes pour rester au courant de ces changements. Le vin doit aussi être amusant et ne doit donc pas être pris trop au sérieux. C’est la raison pour laquelle j’ai le sentiment qu’il faut de temps en temps un peu d’humour pour nous ramener à la réalité. Quant à vous, lecteurs, j’ai la responsabilité de trouver les vins qui ont les meilleures valeurs et je dois vous divertir avec de belles histoires sur les différents producteurs que nous rencontrons régulièrement. Ouais c’est ça! J’ai besoin de “Winetertain” vous !!

Website: vinformateur.com – Social Media: facebook.com/vinformateur

 

Quand as-tu réalisé que tu étais passionné par le vin?

En 1984 j’ai pris des cours de vins avec nul autre que Jules Roiseux et c’est là que tout a débuté. Puis ont suivi toute la série de cours de vins de la SAQ et ultimement mon cours en sommellerie. Ma rencontre avec Benoît Major conseiller sénior à la SAQ a accéléré cette passion!

Quel est ton événement vin préféré?

En fait chaque rencontre avec un vigneron producteur est en soi un événement selon moi. C’est la que ça ce passe. Quant aux événements comme tel, je crois que j’aime La Grande Dégustation de Montréal. J’aime bien aussi les Master Class qui sont bien faits surtout celui sur les Brunello.

Quels sont tes projets pour l’année à venir?

Les voyages de vin surtout les voyages de Presse. C’est mon objectif premier.

Quelle est la bouteille la plus remarquable que tu as eu la chance de goûter?

La Tâche 1999 dégusté en plus à l’anonyme. Mettons que c’était très bon!!

Quelle destination de vin est la plus intéressante à ton avis?

La région du Piémont. Les vins sont extraordinaires, les paysages fabuleux et les vignerons sont simples et généreux. En fait les producteurs ne sont pas issus de la noblesse comme dans bien d’autres régions de l’Italie. Ce sont des gens de la terre. Des ‘’paesano’’!

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Discovering Cindy Rynning – Grape experiences

Cindy Rynning has been writing about wine on her award-winning wine blog, Grape Experiences, since 2011.  She passed the Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Level 3 program with Merit in 2012. Cindy is based in Chicago, Illinois and attends international and national trade tastings and media events, meets and interviews winemakers and others who share their stories, and writes about tastings, food and wine pairings, wine travels, and more. She travels extensively to wine regions around the world as a tourist and/or press trip participant.

 

She has written for a variety of print and digital publications including Crave Local, Wine Tourist Magazine, Drizly, and the wine club newsletter of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. Currently, Cindy is a Top Shelf Blogger for Drizly and received a Drizly Blogger Award as Best Wine Blog – 2017. Cindy’s site was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Wine Blogs in the world in 2015 and as the Lux International Magazine Best Wine Blog – US in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Two of her articles were finalists in the Millesima Wine Blog Awards – Wine Travel category in both 2017 and 2018.

 

A former educator, Cindy understands the value of lifelong learning and strives to share her knowledge of wine through writing, social media, personal wine tastings, and real-life conversation in order to inform, entertain, and inspire others to discover the beauty of our favorite beverage: wine.

http://www.grape-experiences.com/

When did you realize you were passionate about wine?

I’ve always loved wine, but once I began my wine education journey, I didn’t realize that I had such a love for not only sipping, but learning about it. Several years ago, I decided to enroll in my first Wine & Spirits Education (WSET) course, an internationally recognized wine education program, in order to become more educated about wine. My intention was to understand the process of wine production, the regions of the world, the various grapes, and more with depth and breadth, I hoped to be inspired to take my already existing teaching career on a different path. After passing the WSET Level 2 class, friends and family asked “what are you going to do with all of this incredible information?” to which I responded, “I’ll write about wine!”, a noble statement to be sure! To that end, I began my website, Grape Experiences. A few months later, I enrolled in, then passed with Merit, the WSET Level 3 class. Writing for others is yet another form of teaching, of course, and I’m thrilled that my website has garnered thousands of readers on a consistent basis. Because of that, I’ve been offered many opportunities to visit wine regions throughout the world for “hands-on” learning, to attend events and classes hosted by winemakers and others, to taste wines that are exceptional examples of terroir, and to speak about wine in front of groups. I’m honored to share my stories.

What is your favorite wine event?

Although I thoroughly enjoy Master Class seminars and trade tastings where I can sip a variety of new-to-me or favorite wines, my preference is to visit domestic and international wine regions. Having conversations with those who are responsible for producing the wines, hearing personal stories about specific wineries as we walk through the vineyards, pairing wines with foods at lunch or dinner in a unique region, and actually experiencing a variety of cultures help me understand the people and wines in a way like no other.

What are your plans for the coming year?

I plan to travel to more wine regions (wherever that may take me!), pitch my stories to a variety of digital and print publications, and continue to share my love of wine through writing on my site, social media efforts, speaking engagements, and real-life conversation!

What is the most remarkable bottle you’ve had the chance to taste?

To me, enjoying and remembering a bottle of wine has to do with who I’m with, where I am, the emotions I feel, and of course how it tastes… It has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of the wine. That said, the most remarkable bottle of wine I’ve tasted (so far!) is Domaine Jacky Marteau “La Chipie” 2015 of Sauvignon Blanc grapes cultivated in the tiny appellation of Touraine Chenonceau. My husband and I visited the family run Domaine, located on the left bank of the River Cher in the Loire Valley, on a cool, rainy day in March. Ludivine Marteau took us on a car ride through the vineyards (windshield wipers on!), to the family home where we saw generations worth of photos and where her father was born, and to the tasting room. Throughout the visit, we had fascinating conversations about terroir, the history of the family and land, and more. “La Chipie”, a term of endearment, refers to Ludivine’s niece, Lola; the wine itself was from Domain’s Touraine Chenonceau DO vineyard. We can’t find this specific wine in the United States since only 5000 bottles were produced.

Which wine destination is the most interesting?

Oh, Joanie! This question is impossible to answer! I’ve visited a plethora of wineries in California regions of Sonoma, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, and Livermore. Wineries in Portland, Oregon, the Finger Lakes in New York, the Monticello Wine Trail in Virginia, Dahlonega, Georgia (US), those in British Columbia, Canada, Montsant, the Sherry Triangle, and Murcia in Spain, the Vinho Verde region in Portugal, and the Loire Valley in France were amazing. Each is interesting and special in its own way… the food, villages, cities, people, terroir, wines! I have so many more destinations to explore!!! Italy? Hungary? Croatia? China? Australia? New Zealand? South Africa? I can’t wait. Perhaps one day I’ll be able to answer this question!!

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Aubert Vignobles & Château Saint- Antoine – #1 Bordeaux wine seller in Québec

 

It’s Château St-Antoine 10th anniversary on Quebec’s Market! The wine that succeeded in becoming the number one Bordeaux wine sold in SAQ. With this huge success it might be time to dig a little further and learn a little bit more about Vignobles Aubert.

Vignobles Aubert is a family owned wine company that owns various Châteaux throughout Bordeaux. From the acquisitions through generations of the Aubert and Robin family, a decently prosperous marriage between Étienne Aubert and Édith Robin joined the two companies in to one. Their children and, now their grand-children are taking care of the estate as it is today. I had the chance to meet Vanessa Aubert, a genuinely talented and knowledgeable woman, of the latest generation directing this considerable vineyard.

Chateau Saint Antoine 2015

In 1970, this Entre-deux-mers estate was entirely converted to red wine instead of white. The concrete tanks are at the same time destroyed in favor of stainless steel tanks and general winemaking conditions were facilitated with helpful technology.

This production of a substantial 100 hectares is a classic Merlot/Cabernet franc blend. It has a bright color, on the pale side, with simple, humble expression and texture.

In 2017, the vineyards was heavily affected by the devasting Frost. 80% of the production was completely lost.

Lagrave-Aubert 2015

Château Lagrave-Aubert is a 20 hectares estate in Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, an appellation that isn’t as recognized as it should be. The wine is soft in all aspect except for its slightly grainy tannins. The aromas are sharp with a lovely intensity but with a main focus on oak, charcoal and bark.

L’héritage de la Couspaude 2015

Based in Montagne de Saint-Émilion, L’héritage de la Couspaude is not, as you may think, the second wine of Château la Couspaude. It’s a small 5 ha on the hillside behind St-Émilion, straddling St-Georges satellite. The idea was to follow the same ideal and philosophy than Château La couspaude, yet in a more affordable matter. It’s a strong and powerful wine with decent mouthfeel yet a very integrated balance overall.

Château d’Anielle 2015

This is the new project of Vanessa Aubert. She just recently acquired this estate in St-Émilion. It was a true opportunity has land in this part of the region are getting seriously scarce. 2015 is the first vintage of this fruit-forward, expressive yet sensible wine. Withouth leaving the family’s style, Château D’Anielle definitely has its own personality.

Chateau La Couspaude 2015

Château la Couspaude, St- Émilion Grand cru classé is actually a clos of 7 hectares. Unquestionably the flagship of the family’s vineyards, located near the famous monolithic church, it’s the finest wine of the family. It’s a rich and refined cru which has a completely explosive first sip. It’s enticing with a complexity that runs deep.

C’est le 10e anniversaire du Château St-Antoine sur le marché québécois! Le vin qui a réussi à devenir le premier vin de Bordeaux vendu à Saq. Avec cet énorme succès, il serait peut-être temps de creuser et d’en apprendre un peu plus sur les Vignobles Aubert.

Les Vignobles Aubert est une entreprise viticole familiale qui possède plusieurs châteaux à Bordeaux. Des acquisitions des générations précédentes des familles Aubert et Robin qui s’unirent après un mariage relativement prospère entre Étienne Aubert et Édith Robin. Leurs enfants et maintenant leurs petits-enfants s’occupent du domaine tel qu’il est aujourd’hui. J’ai eu la chance de rencontrer Vanessa Aubert, une femme véritablement talentueuse et fascinante, de la dernière génération qui dirige ce vignoble considérable.

Château Saint Antoine 2015

En 1970, ce domaine de l’Entre-deux-mers a été entièrement converti en vin rouge au lieu de blanc. Les réservoirs en béton sont en même temps détruits au profit de réservoirs en acier inoxydable et les conditions générales de vinification ont été facilitées par une technologie utile.

Cette production de 100 hectares est un mélange classique de merlot et de cabernet franc. Il a une couleur vive, du côté pâle, avec une expression et une texture simples et humbles.

En 2017, le vignoble a été lourdement affecté par le gel dévastateur. 80% de la production était complètement perdue.

Lagrave-Aubert 2015

Le Château Lagrave-Aubert est un domaine de 20 hectares situé à Castillon dans les Côtes de Bordeaux, une appellation qui n’est pas aussi reconnue qu’elle devrait l’être. Le vin est souple dans tous les aspects à l’exception de ses tanins légèrement granuleux. Les arômes sont vifs avec une belle intensité mais avec un accent particulier sur le chêne, le charbon de bois et l’écorce.

L’héritage de la Couspaude 2015

Situé sur Montagne de Saint-Émilion, L’héritage de la Couspaude n’est pas, comme vous pouvez le penser, le deuxième vin de Château la Couspaude. C’est un petit 5 ha à flanc de colline derrière St-Émilion, à cheval sur le satellite St-Georges. L’idée était de suivre le même idéal et la même philosophie que Château La Couspaude, tout en restant plus abordable. C’est un vin fort et puissant avec une sensation en bouche décente mais un équilibre très intégré.

Château d’Anielle 2015

C’est le nouveau projet de Vanessa Aubert. Elle vient d’acquérir ce domaine à St- Èmilion. C’était une véritable opportunité puisque les vignobles disponibles pour achat dans cette partie de la région se raréfient sérieusement. 2015 est le premier millésime de ce vin fruité, expressif et sensé. Sans abandonner du style familial, le Château D’Anielle a définitivement sa propre personnalité.

Château La Couspaude 2015

Château la Couspaude, Saint-Émilion Grand cru classé est en réalité un clos de 7 hectares. Incontestablement le fleuron des vignobles de la famille, situé près de la célèbre église monolithe, c’est le meilleur vin de la famille. C’est un cru riche et raffiné dont la première gorgée est complètement explosive. Tout à fait séduisant,  avec une complexité profonde.

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Champagne’s Duality: Houses VS Growers

The uniqueness and prestige status of champagne, the product as well as the region has been proven and stated thousands of times. This is not what this text is about. Although everyone agrees over general quality level, there’s a disagreement that’s been growing in the last few years among professionals and wine lovers. This discussion, which sometimes turns to disputation, is based on a reality and duality that’s at the very base of the whole Champagne organization. On one side there’s the big brands, the 320 Champagne houses that represent a determinant majority of the sale either on local or export market. They are the image of the region and when most people think of Champagne, brands like Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Roederer and Bollinger come to mind. Most commonly known as NM, négociant manipulant, although other terms may apply such as CM, Coopérative de manipulation, these are one side of the story. The other side is the now very trendy Grower Champagnes or RM, récoltant manipulant, a grower who makes and markets Champagne under their own label, from grapes exclusively sourced from their own vineyards and processed on their own premises. So, who’s the best?

How about neither of them; or both of them? I’m sure you know at the very least one pompous sommelier who: “Drinks only Grower!” I believe that would be a mistake as you may truly miss out on a special timeless craft of a non-vintage cuvée or even some insanely good, but expensive prestige cuvée. At the same time, if you don’t explore the magical world of terroir-driven grower champagne, you will miss the specificity of a place and authenticity. While Grower Champagne is certainly more artisanal, it’s not necessarily better than Champagnes houses; this a matter of personal preference, style, availability or just the spur of the moment. More than a duality and a rather hostile confrontation, this aspect has to be reckoned as a balance.

The fragile balance of a collective region

Simply put, the champagne region as a whole is a collective body. The Comité Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) also referred to as the Comité de Champagne, created in 1941 has the role of a conciliator and ensures equal representation of the interest of grape growers and houses both on a development and promotional level. This said, such a balance and equity is an ideal state which can be easily disturbed. Growers and even smaller houses complain about the unfair buying advantages the bigger players get from their certainly close to unlimited investment possibilities. Yet, how many grape growing families can decently live from the insanely high market price they’re able to sell their harvest, even in terrible vintages? These exchanges are often the very reason well-established RM were able to start their own production, by selling part of their grape at high prices to support the cost of their own winemaking. However, while houses sell and market their product as their own, with their own story-telling and style, they are extremely dependant of growers. Their name may not be put forward, and the list might be quite extensive, but ask any of the houses’ director and they will tell you how important their relationship with trustworthy and loyal grower is of the upmost importance to them, quantity and quality wise. Each side need each other for the benefit of the region’s standards and image. It’s by maintaining this solidarity that potential disturbance of the balance might get managed. Issues such as foreign investors, international competition and production limitation must be addressed the same way as sustainable approach or research, by consensus, compromise and communication.

I’ve had some breath-taking, magical Champagne on both sides, as well as disappointments. If the very small producers doesn’t get as much spotlights as other, remember it might just be a question of availability. If a Champagne is not available for export at all, the chances it gets to a famous, non-French wine lists are very close to none. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go looking for the precious treasure; there’s just not enough for everyone. It might be of the same rarity than some of the great houses prestige cuvée, yet probably way more affordable. The growers that did succeed to stand-out in the crowd, the likes of Chartogne-Taillet, Jacques Selosse, Tarlant, Agrapart, Jacquesson, Egly-Ouriet, Vilmart, Bérêche, Lemaire and many more, most have one common advantage, more than 10 hectares of vines. It may seem decently little, but in comparison, with most growers owning one or less hectares, it makes a difference on visibility. Yet, with the grower trend growing stronger, even smaller producers are getting attention from the most passionate individuals of the wine trade, Frederic Savart with just 4 hectares in Écueil or the sensible Cédric Bouchard with as little as 1 hectare in Landreville.

Some houses are pushing the building prejudice by staying relatively small and local. For example, Champagne de Venoge that has lived through history on the very avenue de Champagne with a production of just about 70 hectares of which 60% stays within France. Others, have the ambition of pursuing acquisition. Thus, houses like my dearest Pol Roger are half négociant and half récoltant. An impressive amount of their grapes being their very own to harvest. Then, there are also houses building the very basis of their trade on century-old relationship with producers. Deutz, for example, has been able to maintain their essential Premier cru and Grand cru supply based on traditional respect and alliances.

Just try to open your horizon as much as possible. It’s the best way to fall in love with Champagne one more time.