Your digital guidebook to the world of Champagne
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 MW
Get access to the full site by becoming a member

Join

Explore Essence of Champagne with Essi Avellan MW. Renowned champagne specialist and Master of Wine, Essi Avellan’s personal champagne site offers you a brand new source of unbiased champagne opinions. Discover Essi’s vast library of recent tasting notes, Essi’s blog, essential champagne information, latest news, as well as the results of the champagne awards to which her palate has contributed.
What the others say
“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

Latest blog

IMG_4616 (1)
Launch of Clos Lanson 2006 and full vertical 2006-2015

Vineyards have had to give way to the expanding city of Reims. But two clos, walled vineyards, still exist within the city boundaries. Pommery’s vast, 25ha Les Clos Pompadour guards the Notre Dame cathedral from Butte Saint-Nicaise whereas the 1-hectare Clos Lanson sits on the hill of Courlancy next to the winery, viewing the cathedral […]

Featured house

Pommery

The Pommery cellars offer one of the best visiting experiences. The fairy-tale castle complex that Madame Pommery established in 1868 is simply charming. Built over a massive area of 50 hectares, the cellars exude the magnificence of the late nineteenth century. More than 100 Gallo-Roman crayères (chalk quarries) are joined together in an 18-kilometre labyrinthine network that houses 25 million bottles of champagne. Anyone interested in art will love the temporary exhibition of art installations, from which the Vrankens choose their favourites each year to permanently place in the cellars for decoration.

champagne-cellar-pommery

News

CSWWC16web
CSWWC 2016 Results

The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) is delighted to unveil a record number of 149 Gold & 143 Silver medals for 2016. As this site is for Champagne only, you can check the rest of the sparkling wine World Championship results at www.champagnesparklingwwc.com.   Champagne was again the most successful region with its […]