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Winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award in "Reference, History, Scholarship"
Winner of the 2017 André Simon Drink Book Award
Winner of the 2018 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award for "Wine, Beer & Spirits"

From Peter Liem, the lauded expert behind the top-rated online resource ChampagneGuide.net, comes this groundbreaking guide to the modern wines of Champagne--a region that in recent years has undergone one of the most dramatic transformations in the wine-growing world. This luxurious box set includes a pullout tray with a complete set of seven vintage vineyard maps by Louis Larmat, a rare and indispensable resource that beautifully documents the region’s terroirs. With extensive grower and vintner profiles, as well as a fascinating look at Champagne’s history and lore, Champagne explores this legendary wine as never before.

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"This is a welcome, essential guide that succeeds in transporting our understanding of Champagne into the 21st century."
—Eric Asimov, New York Times

"I''m in awe of what Peter Liem has put together in his aptly named book, Champagne. There are enough facts, stories, details, and historical anecdotes here to keep anyone engaged, from the casual drinker to the champagne collector. This will be one of the definitive books on Champagne for many years to come." 
—Daniel Humm, chef/co-owner of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad, and Made Nice 

"For Champagne lovers—and all wine lovers—here’s the book that changes everything. Peter Liem deftly tells the story of the real people and places that define one of the world’s most important wine regions. With impeccable scholarship and detail, he redefines Champagne as a living, breathing place, one in the midst of glorious transformation. This is sure to become an essential reference for one of the world’s most beloved wines."
—Jon Bonne, author of The New California Wine

"I''ve known Peter for twenty years and his commitment to wine education through his writing is unrivaled in the industry. This book is a culmination of his commentary on every vineyard he has walked, every glass he has raised, and every relationship he has cultivated since he moved to Champagne. This is not only an incredible reference book for the region but also a refreshingly beautiful tome." 
—Rajat Parr, Sandhi Wines and author of Secrets of the Sommeliers

Champagne is assuredly among the most important references to this captivating region. It is more than a tome for experts, however, and will prove an invaluable introduction to the curious novice as well. It delves satisfyingly into the back story, explaining thoroughly yet in a highly-readable fashion the reasons for the great diversity of styles that one finds in Champagne today. Liem tackles the big issues in the region with diplomacy and insight and leaves the reader with a deep appreciation for the complexity of champagne. Of particular note are his well-chosen appreciations of single cru and single vineyard wines in each sub-region, and his affectionate yet discerning profiles in the final section of the book.  This is required reading for the dedicated fan and curious novice alike. Bravo!” 
—Charles Curtis MW

"With Peter Liem’s book the literature of Champagne takes a leap into a new level of knowledge and understanding. Written in this author''s transparent, delicate prose, the effect is like a lazy balloon ride over the whole Champagne landscape, all of its hills and vineyards, and the wonderful people who work them. Peter Liem is a judicious taster and a clear thinker, and I predict that we who love Champagne will wonder how we ever did without this book.”
Terry Thiese, author and importer

"Liem has written a beautiful book, focusing on champagne not as a luxury tipple but as serious wine, expressive of the place where it is grown rather than the lifestyle of the person drinking it."
—Dave McIntyre, The Washington Post


"Get the flutes out: There''s only one way to go about exploring this deep resource, and that''s with a glass of bubbly in hand. It''s complete with vintage vineyard maps, tips on serving and storage, and an in-depth look at the producers of the drink behind every engagement, birthday party and New Year''s celebration." 
Abby Reisner, Tasting Table

About the Author

PETER LIEM is an American wine writer and the author of ChampagneGuide.net. Following nearly a decade in the wine trade, he was a senior editor, critic, and tasting director for Wine & Spirits, and his writings on sherry, champagne, and other wines have also appeared in publications such as The World of Fine Wine, The Art of Eating, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

INTRODUCTION 

I enjoyed my fair share of champagne as a young wine professional, but the first magical champagne, the one that really pushed the boundaries of what I thought champagne could be, was the 1979 Salon. I tasted it in 1996 at the wine store in San Francisco where I worked: we were selling the 1979 for $99, which was expensive for the time, but not nearly as prohibitively priced as the same bottle would be today.

Most champagnes are blended wines, which offer a multifaceted harmony, with diverse components coming together to create a complex whole. In contrast, the Salon, which comes exclusively from one village—Le Mesnil-sur-Oger—felt distinctly narrower in scope yet no less complete. Tasting it, I immediately knew it was different than any champagne I’d had before, and I was filled with questions: Where was Le Mesnil? Why did its wine taste this way? Did all Le Mesnil champagnes taste like this? And perhaps even more importantly, if the Salon was indicative of Le Mesnil, what did champagnes from other villages taste like?

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The contemporary movement in Champagne is more than the rise of grower estates, or the reduction of dosage, or the creation of single-vineyard wines, or the practice of organic and biodynamic viticulture. All these things are emblematic of Champagne today, yet they are reflective of a larger transformation, which is, rather simply, the acknowledgment of champagne as a wine like any other. While both consumers and producers were content in the recent past to treat champagne as a brand, or as an object of lifestyle, or as an entity in the wine world that was somehow less serious than Burgundy or Barolo, the prevailing attitudes have shifted, at least in the arenas that matter. Champagne is now subject to the same questions asked of any other wine and held to the same standards—and now that it’s being held accountable, it must provide satisfactory answers.

One of the primary functions of a truly fine wine, no matter where it comes from, is to say something about the place where it was grown. Terroir is a subject that hasn’t been adequately explored in Champagne, and yet, it plays a fundamental role in the creation of the wine’s character, just as it does in any other wine region. It’s for this reason that I’ve focused on terroir as the theme of this book.

It is still not yet possible to write a comprehensive analysis of Champagne’s terroir, given the lack of tools and information available compared with other historic regions. However, it’s my hope that this book can in some small way help to push the dialogue further toward acknowledging champagne as a terroir-expressive wine, and to provide a foundation for envisioning that. The complexities of that discussion are still to be revealed as champagne continues to evolve, and that is part of what makes Champagne such an exciting wine region today.

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Big T
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The First Great Modern Champagne Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2017
There are several great books on the Champagne region, but this is the first comprehensive book to step into the modern era. New techniques, new controversies, new faces, and a new, deeper understanding of classic ideals abound in today''s Champagne, and Peter Liem is the... See more
There are several great books on the Champagne region, but this is the first comprehensive book to step into the modern era. New techniques, new controversies, new faces, and a new, deeper understanding of classic ideals abound in today''s Champagne, and Peter Liem is the first author to document the region''s evolution. This is book is not a dry recitation of vintage reports and bottles you''ll never see, but a snap shot of what is happening among the people that make champagne what it is right now. Not only that, but classic notions, such as terrior, are examined with fresh eyes and a goal to truly understand what makes them special beyond mere legend.

Also, the packaging on this volume is outstanding. A map drawer was a brilliant idea. The production value is higher than the medium-range price suggests, with thick paper stock and lush full color photographs.

In conclusion, Peter Liem has made this generation''s go-to book on Champagne. Any person interested in champagne should have it on their coffee table, and every single sommelier should consider this an absolute must-buy.
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Another home run from Peter Liem
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
If you''re familiar with Peter Liem''s recent book "Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla," you will come to this new tome, "Champagne," with high expectations. Let''s just say "expectations met, and then some." In his typically no-nonsense style, Liem presents... See more
If you''re familiar with Peter Liem''s recent book "Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla," you will come to this new tome, "Champagne," with high expectations. Let''s just say "expectations met, and then some." In his typically no-nonsense style, Liem presents a history of winemaking in the region and a detailed review of the terroir in each of the subregions of Champagne. There is a thoughtful discussion of the merits of blended and single site champagne; the ongoing trend to "grower Champagne" production; climate change and increasingly warm Champagne vintages; the prudent use of dosage, still Coteaux Champenois... the book touches all the bases. The second half of the text consists of brief profiles of scores of the key Champagne houses and growers.and their wines.

In a separate section of the slipcase holding the book itself, there is a treasure worth the price of the entire package and then some - a set of nice reproductions of the Larmat maps of Champagne and its subregions. These are rare as hen''s teeth, beautiful to behold and extremely informative. Try to find a set of originals from a rare book seller specializing in books and maps on wine: if you can find these maps at all, they will cost a king''s ransom. Unless reproductions just won''t do and you simply must have the originals, you can stop your search right here.

Short form review: this "boxed book and map set" is a must have and a great value. Do not hesitate.
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A Granular Look at the Terroirs of Champagne
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2018
Four and-a-half stars, actually. This volume provides a granular look at the many and varied terroirs of Champagne while addressing the effects that soil, exposition, and climate can have on finished wines. Commentary is based on the author''s intimate, first-hand knowledge... See more
Four and-a-half stars, actually. This volume provides a granular look at the many and varied terroirs of Champagne while addressing the effects that soil, exposition, and climate can have on finished wines. Commentary is based on the author''s intimate, first-hand knowledge of the area and its winemakers. The book is neither a guide nor an assemblage of tasting notes. It is aimed at readers already familiar with Champagne, or at least wine, and provides a degree of depth and detail that, so far as I''m aware, is not presently available from any other source (at least not in English). Thoroughly recommended. Although illustrated, the bulk of photographs have little to do with the accompanying text (they are not even captioned) and constitute little more than pretty pictures. In my view, an opportunity to depict and clarify the substance of the text has been lost. In addition, while I recognize that this was never intended to be a manual for how to make Champagne, the "How Champagne is Made" chapter is a bit skimpy. For example, there is no discussion of the use of sulfur. (The only mention of that element is in regard to the definition of "sans-soufre" contained in the glossary.) I''m willing to bet that many of the producers profiled here have some strong feelings about its use. Notwithstanding some quibbles, a must-read for those seriously interested in the subject.
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S. Berkowitz
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Comprehensive guide to Champagne—a must have for the Champagne lover or anyone who wants to learn more about Champagne
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017
All I can say is “amazing” to describe this book and the maps included with this tome. Peter Liem has long been known as an authority on Champagne and has Champagneguide.net with tons of information about Champagne. This book outdoes itself in providing not only... See more
All I can say is “amazing” to describe this book and the maps included with this tome. Peter Liem has long been known as an authority on Champagne and has Champagneguide.net with tons of information about Champagne. This book outdoes itself in providing not only information but also maps so that one can really immerse oneself in the study of Champagne. A must have for anyone interested in learning more about Champagne.
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Amazing book!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
This book is epic. For someone studying for the WSET or Court of Master exams this is your go to book for Champagne. We need a book like this for every other wine region.
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travis allen
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A man''s life work.. buy a copy. It''s truly stunning.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2018
I haven''t finished the book yet, but honestly I was so impressed with the presentation that I could''ve given it five stars before I ever even read a page. This is a GORGEOUS work of art. The text is great so far..
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Morgan
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I''m absolutely in love with this
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2017
One of the most detailed and well thought out champagne books out there. I''m absolutely in love with this book
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Become a champagne know-it-all and impress your palate!
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2020
As a life-long lover of true champagne, I gifted myself this book to become a better educated consumer. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and studying the information presented. I have favorite champagnes that I can now place in context with other wines which I will now... See more
As a life-long lover of true champagne, I gifted myself this book to become a better educated consumer. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and studying the information presented. I have favorite champagnes that I can now place in context with other wines which I will now seek. The maps are such a valuable addition to the material. Now if we could only travel again so I could expand on my improved knowledge! It is a pricey book, but for someone with more than a passing interest in champagne, it is worth every penny! Thx Mr. Liem!
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Hande Z
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Cheers to the bubbly
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2017
This is an up-to-date major book on champagne. Published this year (2017), it covers terroir and the producers, aspects of which can be found in other books on this wine (and there have been many such books). Peter Liem''s stands out for the following reasons: First, it is...See more
This is an up-to-date major book on champagne. Published this year (2017), it covers terroir and the producers, aspects of which can be found in other books on this wine (and there have been many such books). Peter Liem''s stands out for the following reasons: First, it is very lucid and enjoyable to read; the beginner will find Part One (Understanding Champagne) a great help whereas the experienced champagne lover will still find some useful information that he might not have known before. Secondly, Parts two and three which deal with the places and the producers are extremely concise and informative. Liem explains what changes have occurred in the champagne region in the 20th century, and how the new generation of growers and winemakers have transformed champagne''s identity as a wine. Thirdly, the publisher''s layout and the photographs selected give this book an atmosphere that differs from the others. It is a strange atmosphere in which one feels that he is in the old country in a by-gone age; yet the information, the people, and the champagne as fresh as the most recent vintage. Fourthly, the book comes in a box in which there is a bottom drawer containing the seven maps of Louis Larmat. These are reprints of Larmat''s original 1940 drawings. It is amazing that we are treated to a reprint of these famous maps; more importantly, Liem tells us that these maps have helped him find his way around the champagne region.
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Essential reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2020
An excellent read, even for those who feel they understand the subject, with a lot of recent thinking and a perspective that suggests a very deep understanding both of thee region and its growers/producers. Very easy to read and follow, unlike some other tomes on the...See more
An excellent read, even for those who feel they understand the subject, with a lot of recent thinking and a perspective that suggests a very deep understanding both of thee region and its growers/producers. Very easy to read and follow, unlike some other tomes on the subject, the analysis of some of the key growers is worth the price alone and included most of the names I would have expected to find, with a welcome emphasis on the smaller growers/makers. There''s also an individual and original approach (eg to the definition of the various regions of champagne) that I thought very well thought out and which quite significantly matched my own impressions. I would see this book as an absolute must for any lover of this region.
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Educational even for the well educated
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2019
Bought this as a gift for someone who is definitely a wine and champagne connoisseur so I was a little nervous about this book. Happily the maps and apparently the content went down well and I''ve been told it''s a good read. It''s visually great too and the box is very smart.
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Top quality book on Champagne
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2018
Bought as a present for my buddy who''s a wine aficionado. He was very happy with this book and is actually going to frame the maps that accompany the book, which were lovely. Would recommend for any champagne or wine fans
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Simply gorgeous coffee table book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2018
You can safely buy this book as a gift for any champagne lover.
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