I common theme I noted this week in Champagne while surveying many people was the eagerness from NM, CM’s and alike to cite the RM producer “its all about the grower Champagne” buzz is slowing down??…and now with such an influx into the USA …we are seeing a lot of inconsistency in these wines one producer told me -- I absolutely agree with this statement for the most part. There are some epic growers in my eyes that will always have a halo like: Egly-Ouriet, Andre Clouet, Paul Barra, Benoit Lahaye and Voirin-Jumel etc… I guess the question is… is anyone seeing a slowdown in the market if those in the region are sensing one?
I am generally seeing a better balance on major market wine lists than a few years ago. (This was never really an issue outside of a handful of trend-driven markets.) As a lover of all good Champagne, this makes me very happy! There are still some zealots who view it as a political statement—don't even get me started—but I am increasingly seeing a better balance of quality negociants and quality growers. Luckily, the restaurants that stock exclusively hip grower sparkling airplane glue don't stay in business long.
Good to hear from you Matt Lane; hope to drink some bubbles together soon. Think I'll go pop a bottle now, fifty-fifty on if it will be NM or RM... Ok, ok, maybe 60/40 biased to NM ;)