The Champagne region has a great global reputation that is constantly being challenged by other sparkling wine producers around the world. However hard they try, the finest wines of Champagne are still among the best in the world. Along with the well-known and well-branded producers – with the likes of Krug, Philipponnat and Louis Roederer’s Cristal – in recent years, small grower Champagnes have started to emerge, offering fantastic value for money.
Champagne has become a major success story; with a string of wonderful vintage releases for both maturing and drinking now, the quality at the top has never been higher. Perhaps one of the most significant changes has been the understanding of Champagne as a wine to be consumed with food, rather than as a celebratory ‘pop’ – at BI, we firmly believe that top-class Champagne has a definite place on the dining table.
There is no doubt that Champagne has a secure place in the heart of every wine lover and whatever the occasion, one thing is for sure, we never need an excuse to drink it!