On Champagne

A Tapestry of Tales to Celebrate the Greatest Sparkling Wine of All

compiled by Susan Keevil

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“No wine is more sipped, but less tasted, than champagne. For many of its drinkers, it’s a social marker. Clutching a flute of champagne is a secular rite – to denote achievement, happiness, success, or to shine a light on any of the significant way-marks in life.”
Andrew Jefford

‘Champagne’s story is not so much about Nature, but about how men and women with a shared vision have put their own signature on her gifts, a tapestry of tales that weaves its way through the pages of On Champagne.’
Tom Stevenson

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In On Champagne the thoughts, opinions and conclusions of the world’s finest champagne writers gather to reveal this wine’s action-packed trajectory from the myth of its accidental discovery – not in France, we find, but in the cider cellars of England – to the development of a high-tech champagne fit for space travel. It’s a journey that starts and ends with capturing that sparkle in a bottle and along the way beguiles us with the nuances of its chalky terrain, the determination of rebels from Ambonnay to Avize, and the mystery of a champagne cellar under the sea. We meet the pioneers who created the great champagnes of the past and the personalities who are ‘greening’ this landscape, nurturing it through climate change to shape the exquisite champagnes of the future.

  • Get set, go! The revolutionary growers who stood up to the grandes marques and won!
  • A Menace to Society… the hazards of serving this most explosive of drinks
  • With or without bubbles? Champagne physicist Gérard Liger-Belair explains how bubbles make this wine better
  • Flutes or Coupes? Magnums or Jeroboams? The perfect glass and the best bottle size revealed
  • Champagne and the future: which vintages and styles will we drink next?
  • Homage to the Widow: we meet the women (past and present) who transform champagne
  • Includes: Moët & Chandon, Krug, Bollinger’s ‘Vieilles Vignes Françaises’, Pol Roger, Dom Pérignon, Domaine Ruinart, Roederer, Veuve Clicquot and more…
  • Contributions from top champagne writers: Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW, Hugh Johnson, Serena Sutcliffe MW, Peter Liem, Tyson Stelzer and Robert Walters – with the ‘modern era’ welcomed in by Evelyn Waugh

Susan Keevil started her life in wine as a ‘cellar rat’ cooling Chardonnays in Australia’s Hunter Valley, none of which prepared her for the world of book publishing back in the UK where she honed her wine knowledge working with Hugh Johnson on six editions of his international best-seller, the Pocket Wine Book. Susan then landed her dream job as editor of Decanter magazine (the path to many worldwide wine adventures) and later became author of the Which? Guide to Wine as well as a regular magazine columnist and contributor. The launch of the Académie du Vin Library in 2019 saw a return to specialist wine books for which Susan is a writer and Editorial Director.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781913141356
Publication Date: 1 October 2022
Pages: 279