Ex principle of WSET school London, and founding Director of The Global Wine Academy
Climate, soil type and topography provide unique conditions for the growing of the three main varieties that allows for a multitude of blending and style options. The different terroirs within Champagne enable winemakers to maintain high levels of refreshing acidity combined with pure, vibrant and concentrated flavours expected in Champagne. It is the unique topography of the region, the exposure and angle of the hillsides deliver sunlight and heat that allow grapes growing in a cool climate to develop sufficient concentration in order to develop in bottle for years. In other wine regions it is possible to leave the grapes on the vine for longer in order to achieve ripeness and intensity, in Champagne the terroir arguably plays more important role in achieving the perfect result.