I just want to say that, in my experience, you don't have to be a homebrewer to enjoy great mead.
Many years ago, when I first saw mead on the shelf in a local beer store, I made the connection to movies about knights and castles I had seen as a child, in which some swashbuckler would bellow "bring flagons of mead!" at some serving wench.
Since then, I've tried quite a few brands and styles, most of which ranged in quality from poor to pretty decent. I also had some homebrews, which were indeed better. However, a local producer sprang up recently, and they make quality stuff - nicer than a lot of the homebrew, and certainly with more variety.
I haven't had Chaucer's (love the name, though), so I can't compare it. But I will say this - good mead can be addicting.