I would like to thank my entire team at Bibendum Wine Co. whose hard work, dedication and shared passion helps to keep me fired up. My mother, who always encouraged me to read and to write. Neil Beckett at The World of Fine Wine who was willing to publish articles on Champagne that were certain to challenge at least some of his readership, not to mention other contributors and advertisers; these articles were the starting point of this book. All the great growers and winemakers with whom I work and who have been a constant source of education and inspiration. Especially the artist, the rock, the teacher, the monk (and Sophie!) and the farmer. You are the reason this book exists. To all of our clients who have been instrumental in helping us bring these producers, and many others, to market. To my immediate family who never once begrudged me the time and support I needed to write this book and often exhibited more enthusiasm for the project than I did. To Max Allen, who gave me invaluable feedback on the text and put me in touch with much needed contacts. To Karl French and Penny Mansley for their excellent proofing and feedback, Louise Sheeran for the wonderful map of Champagne that adorns the inside cover of the book, indexer Kyla Petrilli, who went above and beyond, and Phil Campbell for his design work, layout, all round production assistance and endless patience. To the talented duo of James Broadway & Nic Moghabghab who contributed a number of the best photos in the book. And finally to all those who read some or all of the book and encouraged me to publish, especially Jesús Barquín and Andrea Frost, who provided quotes for the back cover, and of course Andrew Jefford, who so generously wrote the foreword. Enormous thanks to you all.