A dozen hand-picked single-estate champagnes


The first of a week-long wallow in sparkling tasting articles focuses on grower champagnes. See this guide to our Week of Effervescence. 

Tim Hall of Scala Wine is well known on these pages for, for example, 2018 – Lécaillon's once-in-a-lifetime vintage, an interview with Louis Roederer's celebrated technical director. As well as reporting on champagne for this site, he educates, organises events, and imports the champagnes of various producers. 

He doesn't like the widely used term 'grower champagne', preferring 'single-estate' champagne as he thinks 'grower' suggests that growing grapes is all that they do. 'They are not peasant farmers with straw...