An updated edition of the internationally acclaimed The Champagne Guide, by the winner of the 2011 Louis Roederer International Champagne Writer of the Year Award for the 2011–2012 edition. The book contains fully independent assessments, with profiles and ratings, of over 100 champagne producers – from the smallest growers to the largest houses. The wines have all been reviewed based on current tastings and the notes are accompanied by full-colour bottle images.
The 2018–2019 edition features fully updated information on the distinction between houses and producers and how to avoid corked, stale and lightstruck champagnes. The Champagne Hall of Honour ranks 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, rosé and low-dosage champagnes.
About the Author
Tyson Stelzer is the author and publisher of thirteen wine books. He writes for Wine Spectator, Decanter, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, WBM and Selector. He pens a wine page every month for Style Magazine, is a benchmark wine reviewer for WINE100 and is the wine writer for Barossa Living. He is a contributor to Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine Third Edition, which names him the most prolific writer in the world on the topic of screw caps.
Tyson is also a contributor to the Halliday Wine Companion, reviewing the Australian sparkling wines. As an international speaker, Tyson has presented at wine conferences in the United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He is a regular judge at wine shows in Australia, and has won many wine-writing awards.
On this edition:
Put simply - this is the greatest companion to champagne since Michele Pfeiffer in Scarface.
On the previous edition:
One of the best books on champagne I have read
- Huon Hooke,Sydney Morning Herald
Outstanding... brave... breathtaking... elegant... I cannot recommend it too highly
- James Halliday
That rare thing: a publication on wine that is as useful as it is beautiful
- Jancis Robinson
Of the new generation of Champagne specialists, Tyson Stelzer is certainly one of the most interesting,…with his brilliantly, up-to-date guide
- Tom Stevenson, Decanter magazine
The best champagne guide released in a decade
- Asian Correspondent
On previous editions (back cover copy for this edition):
‘The definitive global book on champagne.’ – Radio 2UE
‘Attention to detail is quite extraordinary.’ – James Halliday
‘The best guide ever published on champagne.’ – The Sydney Morning Herald
‘An indispensable book – I recommend it highly.’ – Huon Hooke
‘The benchmark global reference to champagne.’ – goodfood.com.au
‘A truly global publication and one of the most comprehensive of its type in the world.’ – The Age
‘Like all good books, when you put this one down, you feel you know the players personally in all their champenois resilience, variety and valor.’ – Michael Edwards, World of Fine Wine
‘Brings the story of champagne to life.’ – Difford’s Guide
Michael Edwards, World of Fine Wine magazine (UK):
“A persuasive new voice.”
“The work has matured impressively in its enlarged coverage; for Tyson’s accurate, precise tastings of current vintages; the general fluency and infectiousness of his prose; above all, for several penetrating insights into the world of contemporary Champagne, which sets him apart as the new kid on the block with a very bright future.”
“What gladdens the heart is Stelzer’s literary skill in creating word-pictures of the personalities and foibles of these creative men and women, the better to understand their wines. Like all good books, when you put this one down, you feel you know the players personally in all their Champenois resilience, variety and valor.”