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Ageing Grower Champagne: The peaks and pitfalls

Knowing how long to age fine wine is already a ticklish conundrum, but with Champagne the variables can be even more complex. Tom Hewson explores the world of old Grower Champagnes.

Where in the world might you find a £100 wine that won’t benefit from a decade in the cellar?

The list is certainly short, though Champagne is arguably on it. The ageworthiness of Champagne’s Grandes Marques is fairly well understood: entry level wines will usually benefit from a year or two, vintage wines should still be going strong a decade after release, and any prestige cuvée worth its salt ought to still be shining well beyond that.

Price, in other words, should give us a clue.


Scroll down to see notes and scores for five older Grower Champagnes



Notes and scores for five older Grower Champagnes:


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