Our pre-sale offer on grower Champagne is over but the wines have all come in and are available for purchase while supplies last. Take a look at the list below and let us know if you’d like to purchase any. We prefer that orders be placed in person or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if possible, as the shop is pretty busy these days and it can be hard to get to the phone.
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Thierry Triolet, Les Vieilles Vignes 2014 Brut, $52
Region: Côte de Sezanne, village of Bethon, south-facing vineyards
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Features: Chalk soils with sand and marl, 40-year-old vines from a single parcel, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, three years on lees, moderate dosage (9 grams/liter)
A real value for vintage Champagne, made only in the best years from a tiny parcel. Minerally, due to the chalk soils of the region, and rich, with notes of brioche, because of the generous dosage.
Guy Larmandier, Vertus Premier Cru Brut Zero, $51
Region: Côte des Blancs, Premier Cru village of Vertus, southeast-facing vineyards
Varietals: 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir
Features: Chalk soils, two-thirds from 2013, one-third from 2012, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, three years on lees, no dosage
Another nice value in comparison to the rather expensive Chardonnay-based wines of this region. With no dosage, the wine is crisp and refreshing, but also shows a nice texture, marked by notes of fig and green apple, with the malolactic fermentation producing a long, persistent finish.
José Michel & Fils, Pinot Meunier Brut, $48
Region: Valley of the Marne, village of Moussy, southeast-facing vineyards
Varietal: 100% Pinot Meunier
Features: Clay soils with chalk sub-soils, unique cuvée of Pinot Meunier, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, minimal time on lees, moderate dosage (8 grams/liter)
A popular, accessible wine, marked by the fresh berry notes of the Pinot Meunier. Full-bodied and aromatic.
Marc Hébrart, Cuvée de Réserve Brut, $57
Region: Valley of the Marne, Premier Cru village of Mareuil-sur-Ay, south-facing vineyards
Varietals: 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
Features: Pinot Noir on clay soils, Chardonnay on limestone soils, biodynamic viticulture, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, two years on lees, moderate dosage (8 grams/liter)
Here’s a very balanced wine that always sells out at our Grower Champagne tastings. The Pinot Noir provides nice red fruits and the Chardonnay adds rich note of brioche, pear, and apple.
Roger Coulon, Réserve de l’Hommée Brut, $59
Region: Montagne de Reims, villages of Vrigny and Pargny, southeast-facing vineyards
Varietals: Equal amount of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay
Features: Mixture of clay, sand and limestone soils, older vines, no malolactic, indigenous yeasts, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier fermented in stainless steel, Chardonnay in small, older oak barrels, five years on lees, very low dosage (3 grams/liter)
Yeasty and rich, this cuvée from the northwest corner of Champagne is named after the ancient measure of how much vineyard work could be performed manually by a single person in one day. A very low dosage keeps the wine fresh and zesty.
Chartogne-Taillet, Cuvée Sainte-Anne Brut, $57
Region: Montagne de Reims, village of Merfy in the Massif de Saint-Thierry, south-facing vineyards
Varietals: 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier
Features: Sand and clay soils, with chalk and limestone, organic viticulture, partial malolactic in oak (60%) and stainless steel (40%), two years on lees, lower dosage (5-6 grams/liter)
Alexandre Chartogne is one of the rising stars of the Champagne region, and this wine shows off the virtues of the unique mixed soils of the Massif de Saint-Thierry. A crisp, aromatic medium-bodied wine with lots of fruit, berry, and citrus flavors.
R. H. Coutier, Cuvée Tradition Brut, $45
Region: Montagne de Reims, Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, south-facing vineyards
Varietals: Two-thirds, Pinot Noir, one-third Chardonnay
Features: Mostly clay soils with a little limestone, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, 2-3 years on lees, lower dosage (6 grams/liter)
An extremely popular wine, due to its riper fruit from the south-facing vineyards, and the rich red fruit of the Pinot Noir. Expressive and accessible.
Tassin, Blanc de Blancs, $45
Region: Côte des Bar, village of Loches-sur-Ource, southeast-facing vineyards
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Features: Limestone soils, mostly from older vines, no malolactic, fermentation in stainless steel, three years on lees, lower dosage
Our third Blanc de Blancs is from a small family producer in a remote area of Champagne, where Pinot Noir is mostly grown. The limestone hills provide the wine with minerality, citrus, and green apple, with the warmer climate producing a richer mouthfeel and yeasty brioche notes.
R. Dumont & Fils, Rosé Brut, $48
Region: Côte des Bar, village of Champignol-Lez-Mondeville, south-facing vineyards
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Features: Same chalk soils as Chablis, saignée method rosé, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, two years on lees, higher dosage (10 grams/liter)
A very dry rosé, delicate and complex, but still full-bodied red fruit due to the strong dosage and the process of “bleeding” off the color of the Pinot Noir. The chalk soils impart a touch of earth and a smoky mineral quality.