Champagne’s stories, wines and people
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These are intense years for Champagne, where the paradigm shift from a consolidated tradition is getting stronger. The first edition of Parcel99 includes pieces on the champenoise avant-garde written by Fabrizio Pagliardi, on the relationship between growth and money by Daniel Romano, the role of women in Champagne discussed by Mélanie Tarlant and a piece on the historical path of the region by Serge Wolikow. Additional insights come from the interview to the “bio dads” of Champagne, the report of the last edition of the Champagne Week and Peter Crawford’s funny tasting notes from a wine tasting session of 1988 vintages.
Everyone was given freedom to write according to their own style, following their own experience and knowledge in order to protect, as much as possible, wine diversity not only in the vineyard and in the cellar but also in the words of those who drink and take it upon themselves to write about it.
In the second issue of Parcelle99 Yoko Ota-Sawyer writes about the coup de foudre between champagne and food analyzing less known aspects of pairings, Daniel Romano examines vintage 2018 (he calls it annus mirabilis), so special it will be remembered for a long time. Fabrizio Pagliardi reflects on pinot meunier, often greatly overlooked among Champagne vine varieties, together with the tasting notes of a few cuvées and Daniela Paris shares her old love for the Coteaux Champenois.
We’re very glad for the article wrote by A la volé, a group of four crazy Spanish guys (that’s how the call themselves) who made a nice documentary on revolution and evolution in Champagne.
Finally, our two articles, one on Le Printemps des Champagnes 2019, with the report of the last edition of the spring fairs in Champagne and some other wines we recently sampled, the other on Maison Fleury’s 30 years of biodynamics, celebrated in Courteron with them and some delicious bottles that dispel the myth that biodynamic champagne doesn’t age.