What is grower Champagne and why is it awesome?
Thanks to rock stars, rappers, celebutantes and slick marketing campaigns, Champagne has a reputation for being fancy, exclusive and expensive — fit for only the most over-the-top celebrations. But we’re here to let you in on a secret: There’s another way to enjoy your favorite bubbly beverage that feels more authentic and flies a bit more under the radar: grower Champagne.
Grower Champagne is Champagne produced by the people who also grow the grapes and tend the vines. These Champagnes (they’re the only kind you’ll find at fatcork) are made with time-honored techniques that have been passed down through generations. They’re entirely unique, humble, accessible and out-of-this-world delicious. Plus, knowing about these wines, asking for them and, of course, drinking them gives you an instant cool factor. Read on for five more reasons why grower Champagne is so special.
Grower Champagne is …
A family affair. Out of more than 19,000 growers in Champagne, only about 500 produce their own Champagne with grapes they cultivate on their own land. These are small, family-run operations where everyone pitches in.
Mother Earth-approved. Growers care for their land with sustainable farming practices and a focus on biodiversity.
Boutique chic. Grower Champagne is produced in small quantities, so it’s hard to find outside of the region.
Meticulously crafted. Growers handle every step of the Champagne-making process, so they have complete control over the bubbles that make their way to your glass.
A unique snapshot of a specific time and place. Grower Champagne typically has less added sugar, so the characteristics of the grapes steal the show. Thanks to the region’s diversity of terroir, there are so many styles and endless flavor profiles from which to choose.
Want to know more about the growers who supply fatcork Champagnes? Click here to read about each of their stories!