• Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region

    I’m pleased to announce that my new book, entitled Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, will be released on October 10, 2017.

    Published by Ten Speed Press and featuring photography by Gentl & Hyers, it’s an overview of Champagne from a twenty-first-century perspective, with a focused emphasis on vineyards and terroir. The book comprises three portions: the first examines the history of the region from a decidedly terroirist-biased perspective, and also includes discussions on geology, viticulture and winemaking. The heart of the book is the second section, which tours the Champagne viticultural area, dividing it into seven separate subregions and examining the terroirs of each through the lens of their leading producers and their wines. As a reference, the third section provides brief profiles of champagne producers—it is by no means a comprehensive guide to the region’s wines (and in fact it’s a small fraction of the size of ChampagneGuide.net), but rather it features those producers who best illustrate the themes presented in this book.

    Champagne by Peter Liem

    The book is packaged in a beautiful slipcase that also includes seven vintage maps of Champagne vineyards published by Louis Larmat, reproduced in high quality from one of the 150 original sets printed in 1944. Part of an extensive series of viticultural maps that Larmat released under the title Atlas de la France Vinicole, these Champagne maps present the individual lieux-dits and parcels of the region in unparalleled detail. For whatever reason, the print run of the Champagne maps seems to have been smaller than the others in the series, such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, or the Loire Valley, and original examples are exceedingly difficult to obtain today. We have reprinted the maps in their original format without any amendments: these maps have been an invaluable part of my research library for nearly fifteen years, and I’m pleased to be able to share them with you here.

    While the book is scheduled to be published in other countries shortly, the October release is currently for the United States only. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon: purchase it by clicking here.


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