New in the 2012-2013 edition
- More than double the size of the 2011 edition, with 356 pages reviewing and rating more than 400 champagnes.
- The most up-to-date champagne guide, featuring all the latest, freshest releases, all tasted recently.
- Fully independent assessments – no marketing spin and no advertising.
- Profiles and ratings of almost 100 champagne producers, from the smallest growers to the largest houses.
- Fully updated and frank commentary on all the current issues facing Champagne: Global warming, expanding boundaries, excessive yields, antiquated cru system, and how to avoid corked, stale and lightstruck champagnes.
- New chapters on capturing minerality, making sense of biodynamics and organics, the latest trends in dosage and the grower versus house dilemma.
- Champagne Hall of Honour, ranking the best producers in Champagne this year and the best champagnes of the year under $60, under $100, under $200, at any price, and the best blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, rosé and low dosage champagnes.
- Everything you need to know about how champagne is grown and made and how to buy, open, serve and storechampagne.
- The most detailed and up-to-date mapsof Champagne in print.
- More than 500 photographs.
- Guide to visiting Champagne.
- Index of champagnes by score.
- Glossary of champagne language.
- Top forty Australian sparkling wines.
- Fully updated Australian retail directory.
All for less than the price of even a cheap bottle of champagne!
Contents and list of producers featured
Sample champagne house profile: Krug
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