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Meet: Pierre Bertrand

This month’s grower is Pierre Bertrand. You can find ‘Maison Pierre Bertrand’ in Cumières, around 2 kilometers from Hautvillers Abbey where our familiar friend, the illustrious monk Dom Pérignon lived, worked and is laid to rest.

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Meet: Julien Chopin

Julien Chopin is a family operation that was founded in 1947 by Julien Chopin himself. Currently, Emmanual Chopin is at the helm - a 6th generation grape grower and 3rd generation champagne producer. Their vineyards sit a short way south of Epernay, across 7 hectares from the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay to the Côte des Blancs. Within that spread, Julien Chopin has vineyards in 6 seperate villages: Monthelon, Grauves, Cuis, Mancy, Moussy and Chouilly. The vines themselves average around 20 years old. Why is age important? Great question, glad you asked. Vine age and what constitutes an ‘Old Vine’ is a debated topic in the world of wine. As a general rule, most vines won’t produce wine-worthy fruit until their 3rd...

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Meet: Guy Méa

This month we feature Guy Méa out of Val-de-Livre, France. Guy Méa describe themselves as “Producing Epicurean Champagnes with passion” - this family is in the business of bringing the pleasure and enjoyment of champagne to as many people as possible. We’re big fans of this philosophy.

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How Champagne came to be

Some people are familiar with the story of Dom Perignon, the cheerful monk who stumbled on champagne as a delightful accident, proclaiming “come quickly, I am tasting the stars”. A nice story but it’s just that, a story. The real deal is a bit less glamorous but still pretty fascinating - hold onto your glass. 

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