Pro­tect Cham­pagne grow­ers

Decanter - - LETTERS -

I Am WrIt­Ing out of frus­tra­tion at tyson stelzer’s ar­ti­cle on grower Cham­pagne (Au­gust 2018 is­sue). how sad that these pro­duc­ers, many of them pas­sion­ate, are dy­ing out in favour of sell­ing out to the large maisons. We should be try­ing to pro­tect the smaller grow­ers, en­cour­ag­ing them in their art, not forc­ing them to give up and sell to the big houses. I do not want to see a world where I can only buy moët, Veuve and Pom­mery. their off-the-shelf juice has no soul, no pas­sion and noth­ing that makes them spe­cial.

When I read that large maisons are pay­ing a 7% pre­mium on grapes, this in­fu­ri­ates me even more. A sys­tem was once put in place to en­sure fair prices for grapes in the re­gion, and to stop large houses from dom­i­nat­ing the mar­ket. now they are leav­ing smaller pro­duc­ers with­out a choice – it is more prof­itable to sell their grapes at a higher price in or­der to gain a liv­ing, than it is to make their own Cham­pagne. Please can we see more sto­ries in De­can­ter about the best grower pro­duc­ers. We don’t want to lose these valu­able play­ers in Cham­pagne.

Annabelle Hind- Brown, by email

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