Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire in the cellar of Domaine Bonnaire & Clouet in the Champagne region of France. He and his brother, Jean-Etienne, are among a growing number of independent champagne producers, some with a long history. Photo: John Brunton
Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire in the cellar of Domaine Bonnaire & Clouet in the Champagne region of France. He and his brother, Jean-Etienne, are among a growing number of independent champagne producers, some with a long history. Photo: John Brunton

Five independent champagne producers show there’s more to life than Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon

  • France’s Champagne region is home to thousands of ‘secret’ independent winemakers happy to welcome those thirsty for something different 
  • Fallet Dart’s cellar holds one million bottles, Gilles Mansard produces brut, rosé, and blanc de blancs, and wine has been made at Champagne Aspasie since 1794

Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire in the cellar of Domaine Bonnaire & Clouet in the Champagne region of France. He and his brother, Jean-Etienne, are among a growing number of independent champagne producers, some with a long history. Photo: John Brunton
Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire in the cellar of Domaine Bonnaire & Clouet in the Champagne region of France. He and his brother, Jean-Etienne, are among a growing number of independent champagne producers, some with a long history. Photo: John Brunton
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