Champagne is a region of small growers, many of whom are dependent on the large Champagne houses to buy their grapes. In turn, the big Champagne houses rely heavily on these sources to achieve the terroir diversity required for consistent house blends.
The term "Small Grower Champagne" refers specifically to those small growers who independently grow, produce and bottle their estate grapes. Typically these Champagnes are blended from a selection of estate parcels, but are more about winemaking than blending - more about terroir than house style - and therefore, some would say - more interesting.
We were drawn to Grower Champagnes because of their individuality, terroir orientation and familiar varietals (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). And, like everyone, we just love the festivity of bubbles in our glass. But Champagne is not just for toasts and celebrations. It's often the perfect aperitif, great with hors d'oeuvres, sometimes the perfect choice with a meal and always a great gift.