Champagne is one of the iconic wines of the world. But why is it sparkling? Why is it made like it is? My recent trip to the region gave an insight into the history of style of champagne, which is much imitated but rarely replicated.


Bandol, located on the Mediterranean coast in Provence, is famous for some of the world's greatest rosés, but it also produces some fantastic red wine based on the Mourvèdre grape.