Tasting note 15,000 by Richard Juhlin !

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Richard Juhlin

15,000+ champagnes, how many is that really? It has taken Richard Juhlin over 30 years to get to this figure.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

It is undeniably difficult to grasp how much 15,000 champagnes is. I have tasted about 150,000 champagne bottles, so the vast majority are duplicates. 15,000 seems quite silly in that context.

Why do I try the same champagnes so often, one might ask. The reason, of course, is that the tastings I hold or visit usually consist of famous gems that you long to reacquaint yourself with or that are simply what people get their hands on. Even when I started my long champagne journey in 1986, however, I always made sure to try new varieties rather than try safe familiar cards if I had the opportunity out of pure curiosity. That curiosity has not gone away and I love to enter a new champagne universe as often as possible. 

Right now, the range of new interesting varieties is also greater than ever thanks to the grower revolution with ecology, oak barrels and vineyard champagnes at the forefront. 

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