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Any recommendations for lesser known Champagne houses?

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Any recommendations for lesser known Champagne houses?

Mrs Maximus and I will be spending a couple of days in Epernay later this month to replenish our badly depleted Champagne stocks. We already have a couple of places in mind that we definitely want to visit, but it's always nice to try something new, so we'd also like to visit some small Champagne houses we've never tried before and see if we like them.

Does anyone have any recommendations for real little gems among the small Champagne houses? In or near Epernay would be a plus, but it's not a problem to drive around a bit to hunt out the good places if need be.

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1. Re: Any recommendations for lesser known Champagne houses?

I like Champagne Raymond Boulard which is just outside Reims close to the motorway back to Calais which I am guessing you'll be driving back on.

Francis Boulard is the owner/viticulturist/winemaker. He speaks limited English, is very open-minded in that he runs a group that tastes sparkling wines from all over the world. He is growing bio-dynamically and makes a range of Champagnes.

He ownes vineyards in 5 areas of Champagne including Grand-Cru rated vineyards.

The website is at www.champagne-boulard.fr/en/vineyard.htm

I suggest you email first to check he is personally available to pour your tastings as otherwise he may be in the vineyards.

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2. Re: Any recommendations for lesser known Champagne houses?

Ruinart in Reims.

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