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Although Chambers Street Wines is known for our outstanding selection of grower Champagnes, we are equally proud of the variety and quality of the Sparkling Wines that we offer throughout the year. And while "real" Champagne is always a treat, these superb and unique sparkling wines offer great value in an array of styles, and can turn your holiday party or New Year's Eve into a fun and fascinating tasting event at a modest cost. Most of the wines offered today fall into two general categories, the first being Champagne method, or as the EU has decided to call it, "Methode Traditionelle," (with local variations) in which a base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle with added sugar and yeast, which is usually sweetened again when disgorged off the lees. The second, and increasingly popular style, is Petillant Naturel, or Méthode Ancestrale, in which a wine's fermentation is stopped (usually by chilling) at about 12 grams of sugar per liter. The wine is then bottled, with the fermentation continuing in the bottle, producing carbon-dioxide, sometimes finishing with a bit of sweetness, and bottled under a crown cap or cork stopper. Petillant Naturels can be quite refreshing and delicious and are frequently made without the addition of sulfur dioxide - you will find many fine examples in today's email.
Happy Sparkling New Year from everyone at Chambers Street!
What a difference 2 kilometers makes! Bruno Dangin's Crémant de Bourgogne is made from 100% Pinot Noir from organically farmed vines in Molesme, located just beneath the southern border of Champagne's Aube.The limestone rich soils are the same as those of their pricier neighbor to the north. Boasting a fine bead and soft mousse and aromas of red fruits and autolyse, one would be hard pressed to spot the difference. The palate offers great depth, pure pinot fruit, and a suave, layered, persistent finish. This is a great value in bubbles and will grace the holiday table nicely. John McIlwain
Biodynamic Pinot Noir rosé bubbles! Bright red fruit, and a slight herbaceous quality buoyed by a fresh mousse. This would be lovely to start an evening, or could most definitely be enjoyed at the end with a cheese plate. Maybe also pop a bottle while cooking! -CB
The Guillemot-Michel "Une Bulle" comes from a tiny parcel of old vines on limestone with red clay, high in iron. The wine is a Pet-Nat (Methode Ancestrale) that is bottled after a short period of fermentation, leaving enough sugar in the wine for the fermentation to continue and create the desired bubbles. The wine is aged in bottle on the lees for around 18 months, then riddled and disgorged and re-bottled with a bit more "Une Bulle." The result is a very delicious aged Pet-Nat showing honeyed aromas of pear and white peach with hints of almond, marzipan and brioche. On the palate the mousse is soft and creamy with flavors of peach and quince with lime-flower and minerals and a long finish of white fruits, citrus peel and firm acidity. This is a delightful wine to sip by itself or pair with mild cheeses, patés and terrines, fruit desserts.. David Lillie
Another rare wine in the world of Prosecco – a true natural wine, certified organic, made without sulphur, refermented in bottle and aged on the lees. What you get is Prosecco with real character and rich flavor. It’s aromatically bright with lemon notes, and in the mouth is bone dry with refreshing green apple, savory and stony, and great with food with its charming very slightly bitter and fresh finish. A wine that way out-performs at the price. Jamie Wolff
François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex, from four parcels; Les Haut de Terne, Les Hauts de Mortiers, Chopet and Les Planches Favettes. The 2017 was hand-harvested at the beginning of October in three passes in order to select the best grapes, with two additional selections - on a "table de tri" and again before the press. Thus the best and ripest grapes are selected, enabling this cuvée with no addition of sugar, as in a Champagne Brut Nature. (Two to three year elévage sur lies.) The robe is a pale greenish yellow hue. The nose offers an attractive mélange of stone fruit, green tea, pear skin, and flint on the nose.The palate is layered and lithe, with a fine bead, and soft mousse, featuring flavors of stone, orange oil, and quince, culminating in a sapid, mineral finish. This has fine balance and energy with compelling saltiness underlying the pretty fruit; in a word: superb! John McIlwain
Pepe Raventós stepped outside of the Cava appellation in 2012 to create the Conca del Riu Anoia designation. The de Nit rosé was the first Conca wine and continues to sate and impress us with its lively expression of calcareous soils, rich with marine fossils. This is an incredibly versatile sparkler that has crisp, pretty stone fruit and light raspberry fruit with a gorgeous minerality. AR
(Arrives 12/13) Il Fortunato aced it with their Rosato Spumante; another lively sparkler produced from organic vineyards with only a minimal addition of sulfur. The nose is playful with a mix of bright berry fruits and fresh red cherries cut by tart apple skins. On the palate, a delicate mousse lifts the wine showing some weight, great acidity, and just touch of sugar. Absolutely lovely! Pair with charcuterie, simple pasta, or simply drink on its own. Andy Paynter
A treat for lovers of Castellroig, the Rosat is a refreshing rosè sparkling wine made from organically farmed Garnacha and Trepat grapes, fermented with native yeasts, and aged a minimum of 18 months on the lees before disgorgement. A lovely, rosy watermelon hue, dry and frothy, with deep and delicious flavors of raspberry, cranberry, orange rind, sea salt, and Mediterranean herbs. This rosat is always cold in our fridge at home, ready for smoked salmon brunch, a sardine snack, and fish from the grill. Ariana Rolich
The Bugey Cerdon "Initiale" is a new release from our friends Elie and Christelle at Renardat-Fache - made primarily with Gamay, Elie says it reminds him of what the estate was producing 20 years ago: fruity, "glou glou" Cerdon to knock back with abandon. Creamy, round and delicious with aromas of red and black fruits and spice, the wine is sappy and refreshingly sweet with ripe strawberry and raspberry compote in the finish. There is an appealing plumpness to this wine - it doesn't have the structure of the flagship wine but it makes up for it in juiciness. The effect is akin to eating a perfect ripe red plum, with crunchy tart skin and a touch of bitterness as one reaches the pit. Sam Ehrlich
An abiding staff favorite from Stéphane Tissot's biodynamic estate in Arbois, this crémant is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 5% Poulsard and Trousseau. The interplay between the dry, mineral complexity and rich generosity make this an incredible Champagne-alternative. Opulent aromas of raw honey and baked red apple lead to flavors of tangy yellow fruit, crisp apple, toasted almond, and quince on the persistent finish. With this recent batch Stéphane elevates the quality of the wine with a portion aged in barrel. He tries to increase the barrel fermentation on the Cremant each year, and this batch sees 40% barrel fermentation. Unfiltered. 10mg SO2 total.
Bairrada, with its cooler maritime climate, has a long history of producing fresh and distinctive sparkling wines of quality from the native grapes of the region. Filipa Pato admirably keeps the tradition alive with her delicious and unpretentious brut rosé made from a blend of Bairrada’s signature noble red variety Baga and the tangy high acid white grape, Bical. Spicy and zesty with notes of bright citrus and red berries, this is a great (and affordable!) pairing for baked fish with paprika and Iberian olive oil, smoked fish or a party with a variety of hors d'oeuvres...
The wonderful Les Capriades "Pepin la Bulle" is 50% Menu Pineau & 50% Chenin that spends 3 years sur lie. The last time I tasted it was out of 750ml and was fantastic. Really fine bead and tons of acidity, per usual, with some nice richness and body from the long lees aging...
50% Cot and 50% Grolleau, organically farmed in Vouvray by Julien and François Pinon. This is an elegant and very delicious Pet Nat (actually 2019 vintage) that will accompany just about anything and is delightful as an aperitif by itself. The aromas are quite pretty with ripe raspberry, strawberry and red currant with hints of rose and blood orange. The palate is fresh and creamy with raspberry and tart strawberry with a nice mineral kick and sappy fruit in the refreshing finish. Grab this before it's gone... David Lillie
A blend of Pinot Auxerrois and Chardonnay (yes, Chardonnay in Alsace!) from a long-time organic estate in Alsace. Very classy, dry and framed by mineral cut. There's enough golden fruit and brioche on the nose to give the sense of broadness, but overall it's a clean and fresh traditional style sparkler... and a fantastic deal! -EL
This is a rare item: Clean, crisp dry Prosecco, made from organic fruit, indigenous yeasts, very low SO2. This is a wine that will please everyone – your inner wine geek, and your (here please fill in the blank for your friend or relative who pays no attention to the details but will guzzle it down and ask for more). An amazing value! Jamie Wolff
100% Chenin Blanc, Super fresh! Like a kick in the face from Chuck Norris, or at least that's what their new label suggests. Very clean, with balanced bubbles, and bright stony fruit.
Castellroig is one of the finest values in sparkling wine and a great example of the wines of Corpinnat: it is farmed organically, harvested by hand, aged at least 18 months on the lees, and fermented with native yeasts. Marcel Sabate and his team have a remarkable understanding of their vineyards and have mapped out every minute shift in terroir on their estate; this fanatical approach to quality shows in the bottle. The focus of this cuvée is Xarel-lo, a favorite among the grapes of the Penedès for its refreshing mineral qualities and notes of mountain herbs. A light-on-its-feet bubbly for everyday occasions. Ariana Rolich
A ridiculous value from Domaine du Fresche in Anjou, this is a savory and refreshing Cremant de Loire that is sure to please. Fine mousse, subtle yeasty/brioche notes and perfect acidity. Though delicious on its own, our most recent tasting clearly revealed that this would be a great food wine as well. -EL
The sensational new Renardat-Fache 2020 "Au Commencement," is made in a very old-fashioned style with less residual sugar and with 100% Poulsard, which the Renardats are proud to have in their vineyards. The wine finished at 11.5% alcohol with 17 grams of residual sugar and is classifed as a Vin de France because the Cerdon AOC does not permit pure Poulsard wines. (The wine has no added SO2 and was not disgorged - being stilll on the lees, be sure to stand the bottle up for a while before opening.) Very little of this beautiful juice was made. Completely different profile not just because of the lack of sweetness clocking in at 11.5 %, but also because of the slight bitter orange note reminiscent of Aperol! Savoury, herbaceous, blood orange, some grippy tannins, bright zippy acidity and a long persistent finish. An excellent food wine, bring on the grill!