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Hunting season on the Côte des Blancs

With the tour wrapped up, I've been spending the last three days on the prowl. Hunting for something exciting on the Côte des Blancs - home of the undeniably greatest terroir for Chardonnay in Champagne, and home to over a thousand small growers who farm with nasty chemicals and sell all their over-cropped grapes to the negoces. The grape prices are the highest in Champagne, and the grapes are the in the highest demand, so there's little incentive for a lot of growers to put in any more than the minimum of effort. That's why there have been very few interesting small producers to emerge from the Côte over the last 15 years - the period when grower Champagne has been exploding everywhere else.

Le Mesnil-sur-Öger -  for many it's the Montrachet of Champagne

Le Mesnil-sur-Öger -  for many it's the Montrachet of Champagne

The tide is now turning, I can feel it. As you drive from Cuis to Cramant to Avize to Öger to Mesnil-sur-Öger, you can sense it. Behind the old stone walls and down the narrow alleys the next phase of the Grower Champagne revolution is brewing. Things are buzzing on Instagram. The cool wine shops and restaurants have a couple of new labels on the shelves and on the lists...

I've seen four potentially outstanding new producers already - thanks to introductions from my friend and genius winemaker Aurélien Laherte at Laherte Frères, who has had his nose to the ground for me for the past year or so. What's interesting is that the guys I'm meeting have all taken over family domaines that used to sell everything to the negoces, or were part of the village co-ops, and with the change of generations they're making a clean break. Most are still selling wines made under their parents' era, but soon will be releasing the first bottles of their own juice. What I'm tasting has got me salivating. Watch this space for all the exciting details as things start to come together over the months ahead...

Apéro on the roof-deck in Épernay

Apéro on the roof-deck in Épernay

I'll be heading off in the morning to the western Marne Valley to go see our smallest producers - La Parcelle (3 barrels, that's it!), and then back to the Côte des Blancs to check out another of the young lions. Yes, I do love my job...

On the trail for more morning run alongside the Marne...

On the trail for more morning run alongside the Marne...