Champagne resident and expert Pieter Liem picks out 10 top grower Champagnes to try.


Grower Champagnes – where the wine is produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards – is growing in popularity, but gets much less attention than the more famous houses. Peter Liem picks out 10 top grower Champagnes to try, with tasting notes and its drinking window.

10 top grower Champagnes to try:

Recent vintages
2012 A small crop of excellent wines, combining ripeness and structure
2011 Difficult conditions created uneven wines
2010 A complicated vintage, requiring careful selection
2009 Warm and ripe, giving full, fruity Champagnes
2008 Outstanding wines, featuring both high ripeness and high acidity
2007 An uneven vintage, but some delightful results

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  • Josh

    Lelarge-Pugeot should be on this list. By far, some of the best I’ve tasted in my trips to Reims.