Tag: champagne

Champagne: an education

Whenever possible, I suggest tempering an early morning wake-up with the promise of a nice glass of champagne. Better still, I suggest that that glass of champagne be had in Champagne itself. Just a few days ago I was lucky enough to experience that and now I live a dismal existence in the hope of […]

Dizzy Heights

The idea was as immediately appealing as it was self-evidently indulgent, namely to conduct an ‘experiment’ to assess the on-going impact of altitude on the taste and flavour of Champagne. And we are not talking 35, 000 feet here, and the effects of cabin pressure and recycled air of a dubious nature. On the contrary, […]

Champagne on the Rocks?

Champagne is a delightful enigma; seen by some as a stand-alone category which bears scant resemblance to the rest of the wine trade, and by others as a bell-weather, providing early warning when choppy seas lie ahead but when the waters are calm, luxuriating in the hazy trappings of  indulgence and success. Whichever interpretation is […]

Changing Champagne

It has been clear for while that the growing imbalance between supply and demand in Champagne, fuelled by burgeoning international demand, is set to lead to shortages in certain markets, with concomitant higher prices and hopefully a more carefully selected distribution chain. Pretty much every corner of the 33,500 hectares where vines are permitted to […]