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I’ve meant to write about this for nearly a month * sigh* . But as suspected the 2014 Muddy Awards have gone ballistic and I have been sucked into the vortex, so apologies for the radio silence the last few days.
I don’t pretend to be a wine expert, although I have done a couple of wine courses in the past (no idea about grape varieties but I do remember getting pleasantly half-cut most sessions). But drunk or not, I know a good idea when I hear it, and so does Richard Moore or Moore Champagne who brought back some Grower Champagnes to his home in Buckinghamshire after holidaying in the Champagne region last year, and quickly realised he was drinking something rather special that wasn’t being widely catered for in the UK.
The major Champagne houses that you usually find on supermarket shelves are a blend of grapes from multiple vineyards and therefore rarely have an attachment to the area in which they were grown. By contrast Grower Champagnes only use grapes from their own vineyards using techniques honed over centuries to produce unique, small quantity champagnes that rarely make it overseas. Richard sources his Grower Champagnes from only Grand Cru villages which, er, kind of helps too.
Prices are competitive – between £24 – £39. Yes, you’ll always get a champers on discount at a supermarket for £19-22, but if you think about your classic Veuve Cliquots or Bollinger, Moore Champagne’s prices are actually comparable or less expensive. I tested out the entry level champagne and it was definitely more interesting than its fizzy famous counterparts, so for a party, wedding, special night in or out, I’ll definitely be going for a Grower bubbly.
Anyway, check it out here and decide for yourself. Cheers!