2022-2023 Champagne Special Report


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Champagne is frequently the subject of coffee-table books and articles. Superficially, it can seem as glossy and unchanging as its adulation. But the myth of the ‘consistent blend’ is crumbling: the wines change hugely from year to year.

Tom Hewson has written his first Champagne report for this site and the results are fascinating. It’s a snapshot of visits spanning six months, with a special focus on Chardonnay specialists amongst 600 notes and scores spanning everything from entry-level blends to top Prestige Cuvées. With fresh opinion and analysis on everything from the prickly subject of Champagne’s commitments to sustainability and climate resilience to exploration guides and vintage references, Champagne 2022/2023 is a new way of looking at one of the world’s favourite wines.