The Drinking Hour podcast: Grower Champagne

Grower Champagne is on fire right now and the best labels are selling for serious money on the secondary market. David Kermode gets the lowdown from Essi Avellan MW, who has just released a comprehensive report on the topic for Club Oenologique

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The quality of grower Champagne is at an all-time high, leading to feverish demand and skyrocketing prices for the most lusted after labels on the secondary market. Given the thirst for grower Champagne, sparkling wine expert Essi Avellan MW tasted her way through 320 of the best expressions being made today to inform her 2023 Grower Champagne Report for Club Oenologique.

Avellan joins The Drinking Hour’s host, David Kermode, for episode 104 to discuss the grower Champagne phenomenon and why the wines have piqued the interest of sparkling wine drinkers. During their chat they explore the state of play in the Champagne region right now, the challenges of making Champagne on a small scale, the importance of sustainable farming within the community, and how grower Champagne has evolved stylistically in recent years.

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