Richard was interviewed this week about non-vintage Champagne. he was asked, ‘ What to look for in a good champagne?’ Below You can read his answer:
‘First of all it is an underestimated fact that taste is individual and that quality can only fully be appreciated after practice and education. Being a champagne maker trying to make a perfect non-vintage is always an act of balance between pure quality, house style and listening to the taste of your clients. So to put it shortly. A good non-vintage champagne Is one that people like to drink.
For me a champagne educated and demanding man by now I look for other things. Such as balance, elegance, depth and aromatic complexity. My favorites can represent different styles but thus criterias mentioned should always be full filled. It can be flowery, fruity, gamey, toasted, light or fullbodied but always reflecting the chalky terroir and have a balanced, elegant and multi-dimentional taste.’
Lidingö 26th of June