PRODUCT Designer champagnes from choice, small vineyards, made in limited quantities and lavished with individual attention
HOW IT STARTED With a renaissance of estate bottling in France, helped along by quality-minded importers in the U.S.
JUDGMENT CALL The wines are full of charm, personality and character--sometimes for less than the famous-brand equivalents
Something new has been bubbling up in champagne. Rather than just selling grapes to the big champagne houses like Moet & Chandon or Perrier-Jouet, more and more small growers in the Champagne region of France are making wines of their own. These handcrafted artisan champagnes, which have been arriving...