What is grower champagne? You might have heard the term and wondered quite what these types of wines are. A particular type of champagne that is made in the Champagne region of France, it is produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grapes come.
Grower champagnes tend to be more focussed on terroir and they are usually sourced from vineyards that are closely located around a village.
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When stuck at a wine merchant, we could spend hours trying to find the right bottle for a particular occasion. But in order to save time and embarrassment, it’s a good idea to arrive equipped with some knowledge of what you’re getting. After all, before you’ve even got as far as tasting, you can find out a lot more about a bottle of champagne than you might think.
A Swarovsky edition of Moët & Chandon Imperial. Image: Wesley Vieira Fonseca
True champagne may only come from the Champagne region of France, following the Champagne Appelation that stated only sparkling wine from this region can take the name. As a result, one might be inclined to think there aren’t all that many to try.
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Life is full of wonders, and how exactly our favourite bubbly is made is by many accounts one of them. Curious about how a champagne gets its bubbles, what ingredients are used to create a distinct taste, and who has the world’s most laborious job?