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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.

About Essi

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

Understanding champagne

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.

À la Essi

@essiavellan
  • Perfect post-riding bubbles @enclosdeperalba 🥂 Gracias @leogramona !
  • More horsey business at @gramona1881 to follow with the lovely Lucho ❤️
  • Gracias Brahim and @gramona1881 for the amazing experience!
  • What an amazing tasting at @champagnetaittinger 🥂! Learning about different bottle formats for Taittinger with the expertise guidance of chef de cave @alexandre_ponnavoy . Cherishing the magnum and jeroboam effect throughout the fine range. Stunned to get to know the super complex and giving 2012 Comtes de Champagne now in magnum and jeroboam formats too 👌. They are coming on the market in the next months ❤️ Merci Alexandre and @jeanpierreredont ! #magnumeffect #jeroboameffect #champagnereporter #champagne #sizematters @thefinestbubble
  • Where better to explore the ’magnum effect’ than at @champagnepalmer ! Great tasting crowned by two stunning mature magnum stars, Blanc de Blancs 1985 and Vintage 1985 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Merci Remi, Xavier & @pop_goes_my_wine 🙏
  • Meanwhile in Congy… Always such a great pleasure to taste the exceptionally finely crafted wines of @champagneulyssecollin ! Harvest by harvest, Olivier Collin is able to raise the bar and further amplify the finesse and precision of the champagnes. 👌 My usual favourite, Les Enfers (2016 base) was as gorgeous as expected but the best surprise was provided by Le Jardin d’Ulysse (base 2016) ❤️. Merci Olivier, Sandra and Pepper 🐾 #coteauxdupetitmorin
  • Amazing line-up of dinner wines at @louisroederer_ !Fabulous previews by @jblfizz , such as Cristal 2015, Cristal Rose 2014 and Camille Blanc & Rouge 2020 😍 #crpcsealofapproval #crpc #coteauxchampenois
  • 25 shades of @louisroederer_ 2022 💛🧡💖. Tasting the ‘dream vintage’ with chef de cave @jblfizz . To him there is not only the taste of sunshine but the taste of soil in the wines of 2022, a vintage super favourable to organic and biodynamic viticulture.  With the team having done more blind tasting than ever - as they wanted to make sure the wines go from great to exceptional - at the end of the week all the blends will be completed ✔️ thank you for the brilliantly insightful and delicious tasting, Jean-Baptiste 🙏 #cristalvintage #crpc #harvest2022
  • Great to pop by Richard and Karine Fouquet ‘s @champagneguiborat in Cramant. I am a big fan of their meticulously crafted, pure and racy champagnes! ❤️ Cuvee Prisme is a pure delight! #champagnereport #champagnereporter
Perfect post-riding bubbles @enclosdeperalba 🥂 Gracias @leogramona !
Perfect post-riding bubbles @enclosdeperalba 🥂 Gracias @leogramona !
2 days ago
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More horsey business at @gramona1881 to follow with the lovely Lucho ❤️
More horsey business at @gramona1881 to follow with the lovely Lucho ❤️
More horsey business at @gramona1881 to follow with the lovely Lucho ❤️
2 days ago
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Gracias Brahim and @gramona1881 for the amazing experience!
2 days ago
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What an amazing tasting at @champagnetaittinger 🥂! Learning about different bottle formats for Taittinger with the expertise guidance of chef de cave @alexandre_ponnavoy . Cherishing the magnum and jeroboam effect throughout the fine range. Stunned to get to know the super complex and giving 2012 Comtes de Champagne now in magnum and jeroboam formats too 👌. They are coming on the market in the next months ❤️ Merci Alexandre and @jeanpierreredont ! #magnumeffect #jeroboameffect #champagnereporter #champagne #sizematters @thefinestbubble
What an amazing tasting at @champagnetaittinger 🥂! Learning about different bottle formats for Taittinger with the expertise guidance of chef de cave @alexandre_ponnavoy . Cherishing the magnum and jeroboam effect throughout the fine range. Stunned to get to know the super complex and giving 2012 Comtes de Champagne now in magnum and jeroboam formats too 👌. They are coming on the market in the next months ❤️ Merci Alexandre and @jeanpierreredont ! #magnumeffect #jeroboameffect #champagnereporter #champagne #sizematters @thefinestbubble
What an amazing tasting at @champagnetaittinger 🥂! Learning about different bottle formats for Taittinger with the expertise guidance of chef de cave @alexandre_ponnavoy . Cherishing the magnum and jeroboam effect throughout the fine range. Stunned to get to know the super complex and giving 2012 Comtes de Champagne now in magnum and jeroboam formats too 👌. They are coming on the market in the next months ❤️ Merci Alexandre and @jeanpierreredont ! #magnumeffect #jeroboameffect #champagnereporter #champagne #sizematters @thefinestbubble
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Where better to explore the ’magnum effect’ than at @champagnepalmer ! Great tasting crowned by two stunning mature magnum stars, Blanc de Blancs 1985 and Vintage 1985 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Merci Remi, Xavier & @pop_goes_my_wine 🙏
Where better to explore the ’magnum effect’ than at @champagnepalmer ! Great tasting crowned by two stunning mature magnum stars, Blanc de Blancs 1985 and Vintage 1985 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Merci Remi, Xavier & @pop_goes_my_wine 🙏
1 week ago
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Meanwhile in Congy… Always such a great pleasure to taste the exceptionally finely crafted wines of @champagneulyssecollin ! Harvest by harvest, Olivier Collin is able to raise the bar and further amplify the finesse and precision of the champagnes. 👌 My usual favourite, Les Enfers (2016 base) was as gorgeous as expected but the best surprise was provided by Le Jardin d’Ulysse (base 2016) ❤️. Merci Olivier, Sandra and Pepper 🐾 #coteauxdupetitmorin
Meanwhile in Congy… Always such a great pleasure to taste the exceptionally finely crafted wines of @champagneulyssecollin ! Harvest by harvest, Olivier Collin is able to raise the bar and further amplify the finesse and precision of the champagnes. 👌 My usual favourite, Les Enfers (2016 base) was as gorgeous as expected but the best surprise was provided by Le Jardin d’Ulysse (base 2016) ❤️. Merci Olivier, Sandra and Pepper 🐾 #coteauxdupetitmorin
Meanwhile in Congy… Always such a great pleasure to taste the exceptionally finely crafted wines of @champagneulyssecollin ! Harvest by harvest, Olivier Collin is able to raise the bar and further amplify the finesse and precision of the champagnes. 👌 My usual favourite, Les Enfers (2016 base) was as gorgeous as expected but the best surprise was provided by Le Jardin d’Ulysse (base 2016) ❤️. Merci Olivier, Sandra and Pepper 🐾 #coteauxdupetitmorin
2 weeks ago
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Amazing line-up of dinner wines at @louisroederer_ !Fabulous previews by @jblfizz , such as Cristal 2015, Cristal Rose 2014 and Camille Blanc & Rouge 2020 😍 #crpcsealofapproval #crpc #coteauxchampenois
Amazing line-up of dinner wines at @louisroederer_ !Fabulous previews by @jblfizz , such as Cristal 2015, Cristal Rose 2014 and Camille Blanc & Rouge 2020 😍 #crpcsealofapproval #crpc #coteauxchampenois
2 weeks ago
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25 shades of @louisroederer_ 2022 💛🧡💖. Tasting the ‘dream vintage’ with chef de cave @jblfizz . To him there is not only the taste of sunshine but the taste of soil in the wines of 2022, a vintage super favourable to organic and biodynamic viticulture.  With the team having done more blind tasting than ever - as they wanted to make sure the wines go from great to exceptional - at the end of the week all the blends will be completed ✔️ thank you for the brilliantly insightful and delicious tasting, Jean-Baptiste 🙏 #cristalvintage #crpc #harvest2022
25 shades of @louisroederer_ 2022 💛🧡💖. Tasting the ‘dream vintage’ with chef de cave @jblfizz . To him there is not only the taste of sunshine but the taste of soil in the wines of 2022, a vintage super favourable to organic and biodynamic viticulture.  With the team having done more blind tasting than ever - as they wanted to make sure the wines go from great to exceptional - at the end of the week all the blends will be completed ✔️ thank you for the brilliantly insightful and delicious tasting, Jean-Baptiste 🙏 #cristalvintage #crpc #harvest2022
25 shades of @louisroederer_ 2022 💛🧡💖. Tasting the ‘dream vintage’ with chef de cave @jblfizz . To him there is not only the taste of sunshine but the taste of soil in the wines of 2022, a vintage super favourable to organic and biodynamic viticulture. With the team having done more blind tasting than ever – as they wanted to make sure the wines go from great to exceptional – at the end of the week all the blends will be completed ✔️ thank you for the brilliantly insightful and delicious tasting, Jean-Baptiste 🙏 #cristalvintage #crpc #harvest2022
2 weeks ago
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Great to pop by Richard and Karine Fouquet ‘s @champagneguiborat in Cramant. I am a big fan of their meticulously crafted, pure and racy champagnes! ❤️ Cuvee Prisme is a pure delight! #champagnereport #champagnereporter
Great to pop by Richard and Karine Fouquet ‘s @champagneguiborat in Cramant. I am a big fan of their meticulously crafted, pure and racy champagnes! ❤️ Cuvee Prisme is a pure delight! #champagnereport #champagnereporter
Great to pop by Richard and Karine Fouquet ‘s @champagneguiborat in Cramant. I am a big fan of their meticulously crafted, pure and racy champagnes! ❤️ Cuvee Prisme is a pure delight! #champagnereport #champagnereporter
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Grand Champagne