Truffle is New Zealand's largest importer of grower Champagnes and we have at least 30 different wines in stock at any time.
I am not against the big brands per se, but I am often asked why I am so passionate about Grower Champagnes - here's why:
So, why buy Grower Champagne (aka farmer-fizz) instead of 'factory' fizz?.....
Aside from the depth of flavour, the best Grower Champagnes are made by people who care more about the quality of what they produce than the financial benefits. Rather than being in the luxury goods business, they are often the 3rd or 4th generation in their family who have been involved in grape growing and wine making in their area. They know every inch of their property and what suits it best.
Most Grower wineries are organic or bio-dynamically driven, and have been for decades - they just don't make a fuss about it. These are wines that are pure, honest expressions of terroir and the year the grapes were harvested, rather than a clever concoction of under-ripe grapes which has been blended and massaged with a dosage until it fits the house style. Grower Champagnes are real wines made by real people and mostly at modest prices which reflect the cost of their creation - no large advertising or PR budgets here.
To quote top American importer Terry Thiese - "If you'd rather eat a local field-ripened tomato rapturous with sweetness instead of some tomato you buy at the supermarket - hard as a stone and tasting of nothing - then you should be drinking farmer-fizz!"
We carry several different producers including:
Agrapart - due March 2014
Cedric Bouchard - Rose de Jeanne & Inflorescence
Diebolt-Vallos - Due November 2013
Jerome Prevost - Out of stock - due February 2014
Please click on each of the relevant producer's pages in our index to view their full range.