Photographer captures Champagne’s greatest

In advance of an upcoming photographic exhibition of the world’s greatest winemakers, db has compiled a preview of the portraits from Champagne.


Didier Depond; Photo credit: Colin Hampden-White

The pictures have all been taken by Colin Hampden-White and form part of the Greatest Winemakers series, following the photographer’s success with a show comprising 20 pictures of Bordeaux’s top vintners in December 2010.

Over the following pages are 11 portraits of the most revered personalities in Champagne, which will feature in April at the Rebecca Hossack gallery in London.

A further 10 pictures of top characters from Burgundy will also be exhibited at the gallery, and have already been previewed by db. Click here to see them.

While Colin ended up with 10 winemakers in Burgundy, he will feature 11 from Champagne, due to the addition of Anselme Selosse.

“I had a core 10 that were obvious, but then his name kept coming up, and considering his maverick nature and different style of winemaking, I decided to include him and do 11 from Champagne,” he explained.

As previously reported by db, Colin, who is a wine enthusiast and close friends with Henry Matson of Farr Vintners, selected the personalites having questionned merchants, wine writers and friends in London.

Click here to see the first portrait and scroll through to view each of the 11 “Greatest Winemakers” from Champagne, complete with comments from Colin on what he is trying to convey with each image.

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