Discover Grower Champagnes
31st August 2022
Welcome to the world of Champagne, this industry offers endless enjoyment and a front-row seat to look into the stars.
In this article I want to share with you some of the most fascinating, exciting and amazing Grower Champagnes that are on the market just waiting for you to discover, taking a step across from the big houses like Moët & Chandon, Bollinger or Taittinger into the small family run or small business Grower Champagnes.
90% of the Vineyards in Champagne are owned by over 15,000 Growers
First of all, the most important thing that you want to know is, do you lose quality with Grower Champagnes?
The answer is Absolutely not, whether you’re producing 1,000 bottles or 1,000,000 bottles, it all comes down to the skill of the Winemaker and how they can use the terroir and grapes to their advantage.
You will tend to find some more enhanced individual characters from a Grower Champagne exceeding the quality of a big Champagne house, this is because the bigger Champagne houses need to cater to a large audience of people with a variety of palates who enjoy their style of Champagne, if one year they decided to switch up the flavours, then their customers will notice and potentially not enjoy the new style. Changing the blend risks losing some customers.
Grower Champagnes have a bit more leeway with their blends, they still have to think about their fan base, it would definitely have an impact if they changed their flavours from yeasty to fruity for example.
Grower Champagnes tend to have a more precise palate to cater to, meaning that people like their Champagne because it has certain characters, some will be very nutty, others ripe with yellow fruits or even heading into the savoury, oaky, pastry or floral characters.
But with this wide variety of Grower Champagnes, how do you find a bottle that you’re going to enjoy?
It’s not easy, you either need to plan a trip to Champagne and taste you’re way through, or you need to find some help from websites or real people, if you need some help then Glass of Bubbly has a wide array of articles to view, showcasing loads of different Wineries and Sparkling Wines from loads of different countries.
So let’s go into it and discover 5 incredible Grower Champagnes.
Champagne Roger Brun
Grower Champagnes aren’t just a little hobby, depending on the house, they can make a fantastic impression on the world, with Champagne Roger Brun taking home the World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Award for 2019, with his Réserve Familiale Millésime 2004.
Philip Brun is the owner and Winemaker of Champagne Roger Burn, he’s the man responsible for creating the astonishing Champagnes of Roger Brun.
This man never disappoints with his Champagnes, a skilled Winemaker is almost an understatement in this situation, located in the village of Aÿ, a big fan of James Bond and Rugby, he is one of the must visit Champagne houses in Aÿ, just make sure you book ahead to get the best experience.
Champagne Roger Brun – La Pelle Grand Cru Extra Brut 2013 – 👃 “The nose is a blissful step inside a bakery with freshly baked butter croissant, lightly toasted bread and Danish pastries tempting you. Along with yellow stone fruits and honey.” 👅 “Flavours are ripe yellow and green fruits, honey on toast with a welcoming dry and elegant citrus finish.”
Champagne Roger Brun – Romance – 👃 “Raspberries, strawberries and pink floral on the aroma.” 👅 “Initial dry red fruits which quickly turns into sweet ripe red berry fruits.“
Champagne Roger Brun – Grand Reserve – 👃 “Hearty and bold Champagne. Peach and red apple fruit aromas.” 👅 “Orchard fruits, yellow blossom, soft and sweet citrus flavours.”
Champagne Roger Brun – 3/3 Vintage 2008 – 👃 “Yellow fruits and honey aromas with a touch of tinned prunes.” 👅 “Golden fruits, dark honey, dried lemon slices, higher acidity. A mouth-watering finish.”
Discover more with A Trip To Champagne Roger Brun.
Champagne Roger Constant Lemaire
We don’t have to travel far to visit Champagne Roger Constant Lemaire, yet another Grower Champagne that took home the World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Trophy, this time in the year 2021, these Grower Champagne houses never seem to disappoint.
Roger Constant Lemaire is run by a family, a very skilled and kind family, if you decide to visit, you’ll be greeted by happy smiles, enthusiasm and of course the main reason you’re there, a glass or two of Grower Champagne
Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire – Trianon 1966 – 👃 “Pastry, flaky pastry green apple pie, freshly squeezed green apple juice, green apple skins, lemon and lime, and peach aromas.” 👅 “Green citrus, peach, apricot, minerals and pastry flavours.”
Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire – Cuvée Trianon – 👃 “Smooth and rounded yellow stone fruits, yellow floral and a freshly baked array of pastry treats.” 👅 “Smooth, rich, yellow stone fruits, like peach and apricot, honeysuckle, Danish pastries and croissants on the palate.”
Discover more with A Trip To Champagne Roger Constant Lemaire.
Champagne Château de Boursault
This is a place you will never forget, their winery is located on the grounds on which one of the most magnificent Cháteaus in all of France is located, built by the orders of Madame Clicquot in 1843, on the left bank of the Marne valley, just 10km west of Epernay. The Cháteau was even built upon the ruins of a fortified castle that once belonged to the Barons of Boursault.
If you ever get to visit Champagne Château de Boursault, you’ll be able to tour the famous Château, discover how it aided soldiers in World War II and explore the cellars which store their Champagnes.
Champagne Cháteau De Boursault – Blanc de Blancs 2014 – 👃 “Delicate yellow fruits, yellow stone fruits, citrus, yellow floral, and yeasty notes on the aroma.” 👅 “Yellow stone fruits, citrus, yellow floral and soft yeasty flavours.”
Champagne Chateau de Boursault – Rosé Saignée – 👃 “Raspberries, pink blossom and rose petals on the aroma.” 👅 “Sweet red berry taste with floral notes.”
Champagne Chateau de Boursault – Cuvée Prestige Brut – 👃 “A wonderfully crafted aroma, with brioche, croissants and lightly toasted bread. 👅 “Fizzy citrus, bubbly, touch dry and orchid fruits on the palate.”
Discover more with A Trip To Champagne Château de Boursault.
Champagne Richard-Fliniaux is located in Aÿ and if you decide to visit, you’re in for a treat, they don’t just produce delicious Champagne, they offer the perfect Champagne and Chocolate tasting and a tour up into their Vineyards, where you’ll get to enjoy a glass of Champagne surrounded by the vines that all made it possible.
Champagne Richard-Fliniaux – Experience N°1 – 👃 “Hazelnut and lightly toasted bread with hints of yellow blossom on the aroma. 👅 “Nutty with peaches and stones and garden herbs on the palate.”
Champagne Richard-Fliniaux – Divine Terre Promise d’Ageius – “This fine, limited edition, Champagne really embraces the role of being an excellent partner to many fine cuisines. 👃 This Grand Cru spends time in oak and this really shows in wonderful deep toasty and yellow fruit aromas along with notable ripe apricot skin, honeysuckle and yellow blossom. 👅 Yellow fruit acidity with a subtle citrus acidity in length with the flavours with a length giving it a toasty citrus.”
Cheers! Discover more with A Trip To Champagne Richard-Fliniaux.
Champagne Faniel & Fils
Trying to narrow down this list to just 5 Grower Champagnes was very difficult, with so many great ones going unmentioned, but one definitely to talk about is Champagne Faniel & Fils, located in the heart of Cormoyeux, in the Champagne Region, it’s a small rustic village in the heart of the Marne.
Mathieu Faniel is the man behind it all, he’s the owner and winemaker of Champagne Faniel & Fils, if you ever get the chance to tour his winery, you’ll discover a wonderful Champagne shop and tasting room, his cellars, with some of them located under the beautiful church just next door, and the rest are few steps across the street.
He also produces a wonderful Ratafia Champenois that you should try with him.
Champagne Faniel & Fils – Perlane Rosé – 👃 “Imagine a plate with a mixture of red and black berries with dry cheese and crackers with notes of nuttiness on the aroma.” 👅 “Bubbly red berries, raspberry, nutty, and minerals on the palate.”
Champagne Faniel & Fils – Oriane – 👃 “A fantastic expression of oaky and toast characters, butter, brioche, yellow stone fruits, yellow floral and yellow citrus aromas.” 👅 “Yellow fruits, yellow stone fruits, sea breeze, yellow citrus, and yellow floral aromas.”
Champagne Faniel & Fils – Brut Nature – 👃 “Creamy biscuits, yellow floral, daisy’s and buttercup flowers on the aroma.” 👅 “Sweet citrus, yellow floral, lemon sherbert, creamy biscuits and more on the palate.”
Champagne Faniel et Fils – Appogia – “👃Yellow fruits, citrus, meats, ham, lightly toasted bread, sea air and stones on the aroma.” “👅Fizzy sweet citrus, yellow fruits, nuttiness, a smoothness through and through, with a saltiness on the tip of the tongue.”
Discover more with A Trip To Champagne Faniel & Fils.
After reading this article I’m sure you feel like a glass of Grower Champagne right now, if you’ve ever in London, then make sure you take a look at Where to find Grower Champagne in London so you can plan a visit and enjoy a glass or two.
If you wanted to find out more about Grower Champagne, then check out What Does ‘Grower Champagne’ Mean?
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