Enthusiastic and promising criticism from the press and of my wine colleagues.
Christopher Walkey of a Glass of Bubbly Magazine interviews Michael Edwards
‘Can you recommend any books that our readers should look at purchasing that are focused on Champagne?’
“By far the best book this year for me is Gert Crum’s ‘Champagne, the future uncorked’.
” A fountain of insights.”
” This opus is easily the most complete of the five that the author has now written about Champagne since his first in 1995. I was expecting something pretty good, but this is much more—a new classic for our age, distilling the wisdom of constant travel sur place, crafting meticulous reportage, especially of key producers and their wines as they are now, but also with excellent recall of what they were like 20 years ago. Read more
‘Gert Crum achieved great balance in this book. He writes with respect and great love for a region and wine which he knows intimately, but he does not write with Dom Pérignon’s fabled stars in his eyes. He is openly sceptical and does not deify champagne or the producers, but at the same time he does not dwell on the past or the problems, but focuses with anticipation on the exciting changes happening right now. It offers a less intense (although equally intelligent) and broader view of the changes and future of Champagne than Peter Liem’s book, so I would be hard put to say which I thought was better. But Crum made me chuckle…’ Read more
“What this book mostly radiates is that it has been written by a true lover, full of surrender, passion and knowledge. Here’s someone who loves champagne and knows the area very well. Also critical – for example, on the high returns and on the system of the crus – is fortunately not missing. The book features beautiful and insightful maps and interesting tables, such as an overview of the basic brut of each of the listed houses, with composition, style, maturity and dosage.” Read more
“As for me, Gert Crum has earned the degree of MC: Master of Champagne. For whoever produces such an indispensable standard, he would at least have “vin autour des bulles” as the Champenois would say .” Read more
Hubrecht Duijker about Champagne Le reveil des terroirs in his October magazine:
“Weighty’ is the right term to describe ‘Champagne – The Future Uncorked’, the magnum opus of Gert Crum. Not only does it count almost 500 pages and contains an incredible amount of information about the world’s most celebrated sparkling wine, it weighs about 2.75 kilograms.” Read more
Painstaking and time-consuming is what it was. For two years they worked on what can be called the next standard work for champagne. Never before has such a comprehensive book about the most famous sparkling wine been made. The launch of this champagne heavyweight (almost 3 kilograms) was at 2 star restaurant Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam and celebrated with the most extravagant champagne tasting ever organised in the Netherlands.” Read more
Hilary Akers in the FD Persoonlijk, the weekend attachement of the Financieel Dagblad.
“You can read about it in the fascinating:” Champagne, Le réveil des terroirs “, by Dutch wine connaisseur Gert Crum. This hardcover book wil be followed by an iBook where you can zoom all the way in to the slope for the grapes for your favorite Champagne.” Read more
Where to puchase your copy.
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Where to puchase your copy.
“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”
– Dom Perignon –
My name is Gert Crum.
I trained as a sociologist and even worked as university lecturer for a while, but that was a long time ago.
At some point it had to happen… I had to follow my passion, which is wine.
For over 35 years I have been following the wine trade, visiting various viticultural areas around the world and their producers. I am interested in all good wines, wherever they come from, but I have pledged my heart to French wines. I write about Burgundy and Champagne in particular. A fine example is my book ‘Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’, internationally awarded and translated into five languages.
“My latest book to appear is about Champagne.”
This book is available both in English and in Dutch, as a hard copy book, but perhaps even more importantly, as an interactive book. It includes beautiful photography by Jan Bartelsman. In the interactive book, all (and I mean all) digital options come together. The reader can click, scroll, zoom, listen, watch, make contact through various links and so on.
“There are about 25 digital maps based on the French cadastre, which may be of particular interest.”
With these maps one can see the Champagne vineyards through Burgundian eyes. All the local lieux-dits (single vineyards) of relevance can be studied. The book follows these topical developments closely, because more and more champagnes are brought to market as monocrus (Aÿ, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Ambonnay and Cumières for example) or even as champagnes parcellaires (single vineyard wines). Good examples of these are Joseph Perrier’s Blanc de Noirs, Cumières’ Premier Cru ‘La Côte à Bras’ 2008 Brut Nature, Emmanuel Brochet’s Villers-aux-Noeuds Premier Cru Le Mont Benoît Extra Brut or Jacquesson’s Avize Grand Cru Champ Caïn Extra Brut 2005.
“As a result, this interactive book provides a comprehensive digital reading experience for Champagne and its champagnes.”