Category Archives: Champagne

Sans prétension ou avec glaçons: different takes on champagne’s desacralization

For the last fortnight, Facebook has been alight with everyone and anyone in the champagne world (yours truly included) voicing their opinion on the new communication campaign of the Syndicat des Vignerons de Champagne (SGV). A few months ago, the … Continue reading

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My first impressions of the 2017 Champagne Harvest

On August 26th the CIVC published the official starting dates for the 2017 harvest, and decided that a minimum potential alcohol percentage of 9.5% was required. Since then the region has suffered several severe downpours and even a few hail … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace Charles Doyard

The moon had only just began to wane and still looked full over the Mediterranean sea, and the night was balmy and star lit. We were eating a pizza paired with champagne in the sheltered garden of our cute B … Continue reading

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Kick off of the 2016 Champagne Harvest in Cumières

It is hard to believe harvest is upon us once again. This year marks my fifth Champagne harvest, five years living in the same place really is something of a personal victory! Especially when you consider that I stil am … Continue reading

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The Bioenergetic movement in Champagne

Last week I was in London helping Marc Augustin to introduce his bioenergetic Champagnes into the UK market. In order to gather a bit of interest for his wines we had invited a handful of writers and Champagne aficionados to … Continue reading

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Champagne harvest – the bioenergetic cuvée Liberance en primeur at Franck Pascal

My last visit this harvest season was at Franck and Isabelle Pascalle in Baslieux-sous-Chatillon. I arrived at the same time as the last grapes for the day. Franck and Isabelle have been farming biodynamically since 2002 and for the last … Continue reading

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Champagne Harvest 2015 – tasting Meunier on the vines and straight out of the press at Champagne Loriot

I love visiting the Loriots in harvest, I love eating their delicious Meunier grapes whilst listening to all the banter, laughing! This year I took Jess, a friend from New York whom I had spend a day with working selling … Continue reading

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Champagne harvest 2015 – the end of harvest at Champagne de Sousa and Champagne Moussé

On Thursday I visited Champagne de Sousa, getting ready for the end of harvest. I had wanted to visit a few times before but somehow always something came up preventing me. Charlotte told me they started harvest on the 8th … Continue reading

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Champagne harvest 2015 – choucroute at the Boulards to lift the mood on this rainy last day of harvest.

In between class preparations I managed to visit the Boulards on this wet Wednesday. It rained cats and dogs when Delphine Richard took me out to the winery to talk about this years harvest. It was her first of being … Continue reading

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Champagne harvest 2015 – a day in the vineyard and winery with the Lahaye family

On Wednesday I spent the day with the Lahaye family. After lunch Benoit first took me to the Argentière vineyard where we checked on the ripeness, before joining his pickers in the youngest part of the Jardin de la Grosse … Continue reading

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