Protect Champagne growers
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