Here’s a guide to champagne which we hope most will find useful at some level. It’s the result of a week’s madly obsessive holiday in Champagne, together with a lifetime fondness for the fizzy glass of which Marie Antoinette apparently said, “It is the only drink that makes a lady more attractive once she has taken it”.
It’s been put together in a series of five posts, including this one:
The stuff you really want to know without all the stuff that boring people want to tell you. At least, that’s how it was meant to come across...
A review of the tours offered by some of the region’s top champagne houses – useful if you ever decide to go there yourself, but also a glimpse at the operations behind the fizz.
Some of the champagnes you’ve never heard of, but that are really worth trying!
The top champagne tips from the widest, most unscientific and maddest taste-test ever! Our team of steely-eyed experts takes a whole load of champagne and drinks it so that you don’t have to! (No, no. Don’t thank us!)
BTW - If you do, for any mad reason, want to get any more champagne fixes, then I heartily commend this most excellent blog - Peter's pretty much on the money as far as I'm concerned, even if he does tend to go further down the 'Pastel shades of morel and hedgehog nostril on the palate' road than I'm perhaps personally comfortable with!! >;0)
BBTW: And if you should find yourself near Epernay and want to get a great grounding in the smaller local producers of the region, visit Comme Champagne at 8, Rue Gambetta in Epernay. It's a great shop with a cellar full of some of the best small producer champagnes - including the excellent Colin and Lamiable. Give it a whirl!