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My palate is one for purity, elegance and vivacity. Regarding champagne, I love what is in the glass but I also love what lies beyond. Champagne is an intriguingly complex and diverse region. A world of luxury and a truly fine wine. Still, where champagne is, fun begins. But knowing more makes it even greater fun. This is the Essence of Champagne.Essi Avellan
Essi has a mind like a steel trap! And she is uniquely qualified. Of all the Champagne specialists I know, Essi is the best and most consistent taster I have encountered, and I have tasted thousands of Champagnes with her, so that is no throwaway statement.Tom Stevenson, wine writer and champagne specialist
One senses a new voice – convincing, precise, analytical and mercifully free of dogmatic judgment masquerading as incontrovertible truth. Put another way, Avellan wears her knowledge and authority lightly, born of quiet self-confidence in the accuracy of her own palate, which is one of the best in the effervescence world.Michael Edwards, wine writer and champagne specialist
In every sip of champagne you can taste a piece of history, culture, terroir and the person behind the wine. To me, this effervescent charmeur is the finest wine on earth. Champagne’s inviting image belies a multi-faceted region and an exceptional amount of human skill in the making. Hence my belief that understanding champagne makes us appreciate it even more. Thirsting to know more and more, to dig deeper and deeper into its secrets, I welcome you to join me for a bubbly tour of Champagne and champagnes.
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- Club Oenologique Champagne Report 2023 is out!The 2023 Grande Marque Champagne Report is now live at ClubOenologique.com. Check out Essi’s introduction to this year’s Report and its bubbly highlights. Tasting notes and scores (featuring only those wines scoring 88 points and above) are available to all registered users of The Collection, the online home of Club Oenologique’s premium wine and spirits …
- First taste: Moët & Chandon Collection Impériale Creation No 1.This week sees the release of Moët & Chandon brand new prestige cuvée Collection Impériale Creation No 1. Aptly, as the launch is coinciding with the Paris Fashion Week, chef de cave Benoît Gouez is talking about it in fashion terms. If the non-vintage Brut Impérial is ‘prêt-à-porter’ and Grand Vintage is ‘sur measure’, then …
- The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2023 announces medal resultsThe Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), is delighted to announce the 2023 medal winners with more Gold Medals being awarded than ever before. A total of 170 Gold’s (almost 18%) & 218 Silver Medals were awarded and all the Gold & Silver 2023 medal winners can be found in the results tab. Celebrating …