There are thousands of champagne brands. The most popular pertain to houses, or maisons in French. These are the largest producers who make the bulk of the champagne production. There are more than 300 of them, but only about one-tenth craft superior champagnes. The rest of the champagne brands pertain to the vignerons–the so-called growers. These are small vintners who also produce their champagne. There are about 5,000 of them. However, a very very small number (about 50) is worthy of notice. The brands that I include in my blog–mostly houses–are for me the very best because:
- They produce good and great champagnes only.
- They produce solid brut non-vintage champagnes consistently.
- They produce some of the finest champagnes that exist.
But I also take into consideration, to a lesser extent, other intangible aspects that contribute to the power of the seduction of champagne and to the champagne experience:
- They have a real history that shaped their identity and the style of their champagnes.
- They carry on the underlying ambition of their founders to produce wines of superior quality with a distinctive character.
- They communicate their idea of champagne with meaningful storytelling.
- They enrich and move the champagne world forward, with their winemaking philosophies and R&D activities.
- They are found in attractive estates that are evidence and legacy of their successful history.
- They are embedded in brands that are recognized and respected by champagne connoisseurs and discerning consumers.
- They make me dream, thanks to all the above.
Click on the logos of the houses to learn everything about them: their history, vineyard, production process, style, wines, and read the interviews with their president and cellar masters (aka chefs de cave, the chief winemakers) for a thorough understanding of their philosophies and work.