Champagne challengers

New routes for exploration in wine are revealed in Champagne, if you look beyond the dazzling Grandes Marques and the stories of Épernay and Reims.

22nd February, 2015
André and Michel Drappier of Champagne Drappier: because the family do not have to answer to shareholders, they can experiment with less popular grapes and tastes.

The Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on June 28, 1919, broke imperial Europe into the countries we recognise today, and set the complex clockwork in motion that delivered World War II.

However, the treaty is also significant for wine lovers, and specifically for lovers of Champagne, which had suffered grievously as a main combat arena in World War I.

The Treaty provided that no wine producer could call their sparkling wine Champagne unless it came from...

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