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Yohan Castaing: My top 10 Champagnes of 2021

After tasting countless Champagnes for Decanter this year, Yohan Castaing reflects on his personal highlights.

The Champagne region provides a brilliant textbook example to be perused and absorbed by enlightened wine lovers who want to understand the dynamics of what is being played out in French wine regions today.

In a not too distant past, the wheels of Champagne production churned out inimitable sparkling wine with little regard for the impact that the elaborate process had on the environment. Today, quite a different orientation has gained traction. Champagne has become a region where the notion of terroir – which places such importance on the specific source of the raw material, the grapes – has come to the fore, along with the sort of precise haute couture viticulture that is needed to enhance terroir expression while also bringing the added benefit of sustainability for such valuable natural resources.


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