Small Champagnes Hit the Big Time

In a region known for big houses, grower-producers make their brand off their land
From the Dec 31, 2011, issue

Perhaps more than any other wine in the world, Champagne is about style. Not just in the runway sense, but also in the ways a winemaker chooses to present his grapes and land in his wines. RM winemakers emphasize the importance of letting a wine show its terroir, but in Champagne, there’s hardly a consensus on how best to go about this. The result is the unprecedented diversity found among Champagnes today.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 386,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

12 Exciting California White Wine Values for $30 or Less

12 Exciting California White Wine Values for $30 or Less

New reviews of refreshing and affordable Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and more, …

Aug 10, 2020
8 Argentine Malbec Values for $18 or Less

8 Argentine Malbec Values for $18 or Less

Argentina's Mendoza region is home to many of the world's most revered Malbecs, from …

Aug 6, 2020
Top-Rated Pop-Tops: 15 Recommended Wines in Cans

Top-Rated Pop-Tops: 15 Recommended Wines in Cans

The number and quality of whites, reds and rosés in cans is on the rise. From California …

Aug 3, 2020
8 Bright Rosé Values from Southern France

8 Bright Rosé Values from Southern France

Tour the south of France with these new reviews of bright and juicy rosés from the Southern …

Jul 30, 2020
9 Knockout California Pinot Noirs at 90+ Points

9 Knockout California Pinot Noirs at 90+ Points

New reviews of outstanding Pinot Noirs from Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Mendocino and beyond

Jul 27, 2020
8 Food-Friendly Tuscan Reds at 90+ Points

8 Food-Friendly Tuscan Reds at 90+ Points

Diverse Sangiovese-based wines from Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano, all priced …

Jul 23, 2020