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New Wines and Mature Vintages from André Beaufort!

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In 2010, our continuous quest for unique wines of the highest quality brought us to the Champagnes of André Beaufort et Fils; since then it’s been a pleasure to offer these wines here in New York. The Beaufort’s reputation precedes them, and we'd been reading about them for years before a tasting at the Millèsime Bio in Montpellier revealed their Champagnes to  stand out in their expressive, vinous character, their lack of obstructive sulfur aromas, and their long, intensely mineral driven finishes, the result of impeccable organic farming and minimal intervention in the cellar.

 

Domaine André Beaufort has farmed organically since the early 1970s and, to our knowledge, the only grower rivaling Beaufort in long-time organic vine-growing in Champagne is Vincent Laval in Cumières. The philosophy of organic winemaking has been passed along to the younger Beaufort generation (nine in total), several of whom work within the family Domaine. (In fact, Amaury, second eldest, now runs the Domaine. When I visited the Beauforts in March, Amaury was toiling in the vines, but seized a moment’s rest to tell us about the 40 types of plant life thriving in their vineyards.) In an attempt to reduce the use of copper and sulfur in the vineyards (the two treatments against oidium and mildew that are allowed under organic viticulture), the Beaufort’s have devised various homeopathic remedies to treat the vines. Vinifications at Beaufort are generally 8-10 months long and fermentation always takes place with native yeasts. Even in years when the yeasts are “lazy,” the Beauforts prefer to allow the wine to go through its various stages of natural fermentation than to inoculate. Sulfur is added only at disgorgement and is present in moderate quantities (40mg/liter).

 

As we know from ample experience, environmentally responsible farming, native yeasts, and minimal sulfur additions are not enough to make great wine. What we find as we taste Beaufort’s Champagnes is that they are quite distinct, delicious, and compelling in their expression of both the terroir of Ambonnay, where the Domaine is based, and Polisy in the Aube, where Jacques Beaufort planted Pinot Noir vines in the 1960s. The house style is broad, earthy, and rich, and the Beauforts remain straunchly true to their house style. For the most part, Beaufort’s Brut Champagnes are dosed at 9-10 grams/liter of sugar. Dosages may not be hip in some circles, but they help the aging process, and Beaufort maintains extensive stocks of older vintages (some of which we are pleased to offer today), all aged on the lees and freshly disgorged. The fabulous French wine publication “Le Rouge et le Blanc,” in their review of André Beaufort, offers an explanation of how dosage seems to help the wines develop: “the aromas, timid in their youth, finish by exploding with age and the sugar becomes like a support to the aromas.” In fact we have come to embrace these unusual, powerful, and very delicious Champagnes. -msb    

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical and laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged in March 2017 after 14 years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

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  • $76.99

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  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé (Disg 10/16)

This full-bodied and robust Rosé Champagne is expressive of Pinot Noir character as well as natural and chemical-free winemaking, a rare combination, especially in Champagne. The nose offers ripe sour cherry, cherry pit, quinine, almost Burgundian earthiness, and an ever so slight note of bitter herbs reminiscent of amaro. Cherry fruit carries through the mid-palate to the finish, which is downright tannic, in the best possible way. There is some dosage here, giving the wine a compelling balance of acid and sweetness. It's a fairly serious Rosé Champagne, one that could accompany a meal, but it doesn't present itself as austere in any way. Unique within our selection of Rosé Champagnes and well-worth trying. (Lot 11A. Disgorged 10/2016.)

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $57.99

  • Organic
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Beaufort NV Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve

Based on the 2008 vintage, recently disgorged, this is an elegant Grand Cru Champagne with earthy white fruit and herbal aromas. The palate is balanced and quite rich with earth, spice, quince and mineral flavors backed by firm acidity. A complex wine that will be great at the table with any full-flavored fish, poultry or pork dish.

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Beaufort 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay

It is a gift to have access to recently disgorged wine from such an extraordinary vintage. Almost 18 years spent on the lees before disgorgement (August 2014) add textural depth, but are barely perceptible aromatically; an expansive but precise bouquet of tallow, mountain honey and marzipan carry over to the palate, along with acidulous lemon and ripe stone-fruit. Wholly possessed of the striking contrast between ripeness, acidity and salinity that is the hallmark of the vintage; a little bit of oxygen exposure won’t hurt, nor will another decade in the cellar. -jmw

1996 has proven to be a banner vintage in Champagne, Jacques Beaufort's blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from his Grand Cru Ambonnay vineyards is a prime example. Light golden yellow and color and discretely moussed, the aromas begin with ripe red peaches, molasses, and honeysuckle before expanding to lighty toasted bread, graham crackers, Red D'Anjou pears, and dark chocolate. An impeccably poised palate is held by a backbone of minerality and verve that speaks of lemongrass, white tea, and a finish of fresh blueberries and cream. (Disgorged 8/2014, Lot n. 96A). David Salinas

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Beaufort 2002 Coteaux Champenois Rouge (still wine)

We're very happy to have received the last few cases of the Beaufort's 2002 Coteaux Champenois Rouge. From a successful vintage in Champagne, this wine speaks of cool climate Pinot Noir with lots of tangy berry fruit expressing itself on the nose, the mid-palate, and the finish. The wine tastes very young for its age, with firm structure and a minerally backbone. The fruit shows as the wine opens up to reveal a velvety texture and a sense of fruit skins and fruit seeds. It's a very lovely wine, one that will certainly appeal to fans of cool climate reds. Certainly, if you need to stump your fellow Burgundy lovers at a blind tasting, here is your bottle. -msb

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