Champagne development- how to turn water into wine

Not all great champagnes start great. Sometimes, they make you work for it. It happened to me in Boston last September, where I met up with my dear champagne friend Rui, who I met while picking grapes for David Léclapart. That night, I learned that champagne development is a thing and that you can turn water into wine simply by

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Review- Legrand-Latour

Did you know that Champagne terroir is bursting with fossil seashells? In the so-called eocene period, most of the region was part of a tropical (!) ocean that covered the north-east of France. Although this was 56 to 33.9 million years ago,

Review- Nowack

A new rockstar has entered the champagne stage and his name is Flavien Nowack. Everywhere I went, people mentioned his name: Aline of Au Bon Manger, David Léclapart, his partner in crime Ale Muchada, Niek the sommelier of the Klepel, and the

Review- Aurélien Lurquin

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Review- Thomas Perseval

Honey. Melted honey. That’s what I think about when I hear the name Thomas Perseval. I first tasted his champagne Le Village in Au Bon Manger (where else, seriously) and the world around me just disappeared. That’s usually a sign of extremely

Review- Marie and Olivier Horiot

“Le sol est roi!” (= the soil is king). That’s the motto of Marie and Olivier Horiot, who only needed to make one Soléra to turn me into a fan. And even though I’ve only tasted two of their champagnes, I’m officially


“There are 50,000 molecules in champagne, of which 5,000 are known to mankind. Who are we to say that we know champagne?”

Hervé Jestin- chef de cave Leclerc Briant