The underground wine cellar, thousands of bottles aging either in pupitres (racks) upside down waiting to be disgorged or lying on their side for the secondary fermentation Champagne Francois Seconde, Sillery Grand Cru, Montagne de Reims, Champagne, Marne, Ardennes, France
Champagne small independent growers, France, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine — This is only a selection of samples. Use Image SEARCH to find more photos — Two thirds of all Champagne bottles are made by the big Champagne houses. And they account for 90 % of the export. So one is forgiven if one forgets that there is another aspect of the Champagne region. That of the small growers that own their land and produce their Champagne from start to finish. They live in a different world compared to the houses. And often their Champagnes have much more personality and character than the Champagnes of the houses.
The growers are more limited, perhaps they have only a few hectares of chardonnay, all in the same place. That means they are less able to obtain exactly the same style every year. The character of the vintage will be more obvious. For a wine lover a grower’s Champagne is often more individual and interesting.
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