Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781913141356

Publication Date: 3 October, 2022

Pages: 279

On Champagne

A Tapestry of Tales to Celebrate the Greatest Sparkling Wine of All

compiled by Susan Keevil


For customers based in Australia, this book is available to order through our Australian partner distributor Bibendum Wine Co.
For customers based in New Zealand, this book is available to order through our Australian partner distributor Bibendum Wine Co.


Gourmand Awards Winner 2023 — French Wine Category, UK

‘Champagne’s story is not so much about Nature, but about how men and women with a shared vision have put their own signature on her gifts, a tapestry of tales that weaves its way through the pages of On Champagne.’
Tom Stevenson

In On Champagne the thoughts, opinions and conclusions of the world’s finest champagne writers gather to reveal this wine’s action-packed trajectory from the myth of its accidental discovery – not in France, we find, but in the cider cellars of England – to the development of a high-tech champagne fit for space travel. It’s a journey that starts and ends with capturing that sparkle in a bottle and along the way beguiles us with the nuances of its chalky terrain, the determination of rebels from Ambonnay to Avize, and the mystery of a champagne cellar under the sea. We meet the pioneers who created the great champagnes of the past and the personalities who are ‘greening’ this landscape, nurturing it through climate change to shape the exquisite champagnes of the future.

  • Get set, go! The revolutionary growers who stood up to the grandes marques and won!
  • A Menace to Society… the hazards of serving this most explosive of drinks
  • With or without bubbles? Champagne physicist Gérard Liger-Belair explains how bubbles make this wine better
  • Flutes or Coupes? Magnums or Jeroboams? The perfect glass and the best bottle size revealed
  • Champagne and the future: which vintages and styles will we drink next?
  • Homage to the Widow: we meet the women (past and present) who transform champagne
  • Includes: Moët & Chandon, Krug, Bollinger’s ‘Vieilles Vignes Françaises’, Pol Roger, Dom Pérignon, Domaine Ruinart, Roederer, Veuve Clicquot and more…
  • Contributions from top champagne writers: Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW, Hugh Johnson, Serena Sutcliffe MW, Peter Liem, Tyson Stelzer and Robert Walters – with the ‘modern era’ welcomed in by Evelyn Waugh

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Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 246 × 189 mm

1 review for On Champagne

  1. Nick Fisher @burgundynick

    What a cracking book. It’s informative and takes you on a journey on, arguably, the best #sparklingwine in the world #champagne

    It’s written with facts, anecdotes and tales of this incredible wine. It has something for everyone. If you’re studying it gives useful facts and insights into the history and how #champers is made. If you just want to have a good read there are great tales and stories from lots of people from the world of wine. I’m so glad I put it on my Christmas List.

    Thanks @susan_keevil and @mrtomfizz, for such a riveting read, and everyone else who contributed. Wish I’d read it before I sat my WSET Diploma D4 exam, it certainly would have helped.

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Susan Keevil started her life in wine as a ‘cellar rat’ cooling Chardonnays in Australia’s Hunter Valley, none of which prepared her for the world of book publishing back in the UK where she honed her wine knowledge working with Hugh Johnson on six editions of his international best-seller, the Pocket Wine Book. Susan then landed her dream job as editor of Decanter magazine (the path to many worldwide wine adventures) and later became author of the Which? Guide to Wine as well as a regular magazine columnist and contributor. The launch of the Académie du Vin Library in 2019 saw a return to specialist wine books for which Susan is a writer and Editorial Director.