Is growers' champagne necessarily more variable?
M English, Hertfordshire: In terms of regularity of blend, I wondered whether small growers were more constrained (by limited numbers of separate tanks, the need to blend whatever is available and create space for the new harvest, the lack of a second wine) than the major brands - or do such factors apply equally? And are there cheaper/more expensive champagne corks? Might glue between the layers affect taste? Incidentally, we called - quite unfairly - unannounced on a few growers in early autumn 2003 and were on the whole greeted courteously and helpfully. I think...
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