A decade in Champagne


la_vigne_aux_gamins_2001A cold, wet growing season is summed up as “dire” by Marcel Orford-Williams of The Wine Society.

However, he suggests an exception in the Côtes des Blancs, which is backed up by Thiénot’s decision to make a 2001 version of its La Vigne Aux Gamins.

Even in the Marne, selected sites such as Philipponnat’s Clos des Goisses were able to ripen grapes before the rain arrived.

Drawing comparisons, Charles Philipponnat says: “2000 was a lot riper, heavier and has more intensity, but 2001 has more balance.”

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