A Year in Champagne offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne through six houses, from small independent makers like Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars, to the illustrious
Above ground, the weather was dreadful, cold and rainy. Right through April and into May. How can anyone produce decent wine in these conditions? [MUSIC] Well, that's a question that has preoccupied the [UNKNOWN] for generations. And that's why they insist on tight control of everything champagne. [MUSIC] There are rules for cellaring. Rules for the harvest. Rules for pruning the vine. [MUSIC] The rules are set by the CVC, the Corporation of Champagne Wine Makers. Its President is Jean Pierre Palizon.