New Year’s Eve… Chambers Street Style.

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“Champagne is not a festive beverage. Champagne is a wine that should be drunk every day and for no apparent reason. Life is short, hard, and can often suck.” (The Art of Living According to Joe Beef )

As we learned last year, the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is to gather as many interesting Champagnes as possible together in one place, and then open them. It’s going to be challenging to top New Year’s Eve 2012, when a group of us drank all the Champagnes we’d been curious about (but too busy to drink) in December. Our thinking was that the only thing better than Champagne is more Champagne. The table overflowed with seafood of various sorts and the mood was festive. It was a superb way to usher in 2013, and because our Champagnes are made with the utmost care given to producing a high-quality base wine, the dregs of the bottles tasted great on New Year’s Day! There’s been talk of a repeat of this bubbly bacchanalia… This New Year’s Eve, we’ll add a few new names to the carte des vins: Mignon, Savart, Piollot, and Dufour, deepening our Champagne roster and adding further variety to the evening.

While we whole-heartedly believe that Champagne is unique within the world of wine, and that wine lovers should treat themselves to it often, we recognize that not everyone can stomach the price tag. For large New Year’s Eve parties, a Prosecco, a Crémant, or a Cava may simply be more realistic. To that end, we draw your attention to our excellent list of non-Champagne sparkling wines, all of which are selected with the same criteria in mind as our Champagnes: terroir-expression and finesse, elegance and power, length and minerality, etc...  Here’s what we’ll be drinking to toast the New Year: Santé! -Sophie

Castellroig NV Penedès Cava Brut

Castellroig is one of the few Cava producers working with organic methods (not certified), harvesting by hand, and even fermenting with native yeasts. They have a remarkable understanding of their vineyards and have mapped out every shift in terroir on their property; this fanatical approach to quality shows in the bottle. The focus of this cuvée is Xarlel-lo, a favorite amongst Cava grapes for its refreshing mineral qualities and notes of mountain herbs. A light-on-its-feet bubbly for everyday occasions.

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Belluard NV Ayse Vin de Savoie Les Perles du Mont Blanc

Les Perles du Mont Blanc is made from the Belluard's biodynamically planted Gringet in the alpine village of Ayse. Fermentation for the base wine is done with indigenous yeast; the second with Champagne yeast and there is no dosage added, making for an exquisitely dry wine with fascinating complexity. The autumnal aromas of  pine forest, baking spice, and toasted hazelnuts give a festive quality to this wine. On the palate it is rich, with creamy flavors of bosc pear, wildflower honey, nutmeg and green apple. The invigorating acidity makes this a very versatile, food-friendly wine to pair with roasted fennel, sausage, or cheese. Amanda Bowman

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

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Laherte Frères 2007 Champagne Extra Brut Les Empreintes Disg. 02/12

This wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, with some of the Chardonnay in the blend a rare strain called Chardonnay "Muscaté," which is marked by the exotic flavors of the Muscat grape. These vines of Chardonnay "Muscaté" are very old and massale selected, planted by Aurélian Laherte's grandfather. This wine offers delightful notes of anise, citrus zest, and foxy white flowers on the nose, yet it's a subtle wine with the chalkiness of the soil speaking loudly on the finish, which shows citrus pith and an intriguing note of cherry red fruit. Bottled as an Extra Brut, the wine receives 4 grams dosage. (disgorged 2/12) MSB

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Giol 2012 Prosecco Sur Lie (organic, no so2)

We are crazy for the amazing Proseccos from Casa Coste Piane and Costadilà — wines made by the very old school method of a second fermentation in the bottle. Conventional Prosecco is made by adding CO2 gas in a pressurized tank. The results can be very tasty, but we do love the good fermented-in-the-bottle versions, since the process yields a finer bubble, and a lot more complexity and flavor. Thus we are delighted with the Giol Prosecco —  the price would be enough to make us happy. It’s a bit fresher and a bit lighter than the two mentioned above, but this isn’t a bad thing at all — it’s nice to have an easy going wine that is also pretty serious. JW

 

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Casa Coste Piane 2013 Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante Sur Lie

So far we know of a couple of other Prosecco producers who uses indigenous yeast fermentations. You might not think that this makes a big difference, but I promise that if you spend a concentrated period tasting all of the prosecco on the market, you'll agree it does. There are some other good wines, but in the end none achieve the purity and effortless complexity of the Coste Piane. Organic farming and winemaking practices help as well to yield a really dynamic wine that sustains interest over a long period — most recently put to the test at a long dinner where we drank this prosecco over 3 courses and found that it stayed vibrant and compelling, as well as a very versatile food match. The problem with the wine is that we are now ruined for all other Prosecco... Jamie Wolff

In the glass the wine is like dry lemonade with hints of flowers and a refreshing bead. The minerality and acid are simply bracing. The primary fermentation occurs spontaneously, and the second fermentation occurs “Methode Ancestrale” in bottle. There is no disgorgement, so the lees are present in the bottom of the bottle. John Rankin

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Suriol 2010 Penedès Cava Brut Nature

There is nothing more deliciously redolent of the sea than clams! I sautee shallots, thyme, garlic, and pancetta (or chorizo for spice) then add equal parts wheat beer and white wine and bring to a gentle boil. Add the clams, stir them about, then pull them out one-by-one as they open. Reduce the broth for a minute or two and pour it over the clams. Top with chopped fresh parsley or microgreens. This bone-dry, certified organic Cava with age from Suriol is a flavorful and similarly terroir-assertive match for this meal. Scents of golden apple, clover honey, orange blossom, and almond oil carry through to a rich, tangy, lightly oxidative palate of stone fruit, Asian pear, lemon zest, and marzipan, with a hint of ginger and yeasty brioche. Zero dosage and a nice bit of age make for a fresh and dry but terrifically substantial and sophisticated wine in the $15-20 price range. It is also amazing at brunch with Captain Alex's smoked bluefish, which I pull apart with my fingers and drizzle with a dressing of great olive oil, plain yogurt, lemon, and fresh chives or dill. Garnish with a sliced hard boiled egg. Ariana Rolich

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Raventós I Blanc 2011 Conca del Riu Anoia L'Hereu de Nit Reserva Rose

Raventós' de Nit rosé was the first wine to fall under the new Conca del Riu Anoia designation, created in an effort to prioritize biodynamic farming, estate fruit, lengthier élevage, and indigenous varieties. The 2011 vintage is bright and chiseled, with pert aromas of pink lemonade and tart cranberry preceding a spry palate of strawberry seeds, lemon zest, clementines, and raspberry. An incredibly versatile sparkling wine for apéritifs, snacks, richer seafood, and spicy fare. -Ariana Rolich

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Ries Sekt Brut

Erich Weber, grinning from ear to ear, calls this "100% Riesling Winzersekt" presumably to differentiate it from the boatloads of Sekt produced from lesser grape varieties by massive operations. The vineyard chosen for Sekt seems to differ from year to year depending on which site offers the perfect balance of fruit to acid. Just like the Sekt from Lauer, the estate's house style is unmistakable even in the presence of bubbles, and lovers of the Webers' salty, steely, bracing wines with fresh, invigorating acid will be crazy about this. By the way, it's also the best Sekt we've ever tasted under $30. -jfr

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Immich-Batterieberg 2008 Mosel Riesling Brut Zero Jour Fixe

In 2008, Gernot Kollmann had just taken over at Immich-Batterieberg (after making the wines at Knebel for a few years), and while he hadn't been involved in the growing of these estate grapes, he decided to make this stunning sparkling wine rather than sell everything off. The wine is dry, mineral, slate-y driven and quite herbaceous. It's made without any dosage and is an acid-lover's dream. It fits in perfectly on the shelf with the bracing, high-toned Champagnes we all love so much and think this is an ideal wine for lovers of both Mosel Riesling and bone-dry Champagne that are looking for a sparkling alternative. -jfr

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Lauer, Peter NV Saar Riesling Brut

Sekt has been produced at Lauer since the mid-1900s and while the bottle says non-vintage but the fruit is all 2011, a ripe year in the Mosel and Saar. Total of 10 g/l sugar after dosage, which would classify it as "Brut" if it were made about 250 km southwest of the Saar. Creamy, sponti, deeply mineral nose along with spiced apple notes. The palate is richly textured but linear with an exceedingly long, slatey mineral finish. The leesy, minty, tangerine notes really explode with some air. -jfr

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Ecu (Guy Bossard) NV Methode Traditonelle La Divina Brut

We have always enjoyed the cuvée Ludwig Hahn from Guy Bossard at the Domaine de L'Ecu, named after a violinist friend of Guy's. Turns out it's also the name of a notorious Nazi war criminal, thus the wine has become "La Divina," a song by Ludwig the musician. At any rate it's a delicious and quite elegant sparkling wine made with Folle Blanche, Chardonnay, Melon de Bourgogne, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Lovely aromas of citrus, stone, yellow fruits, honey and yeast, which continue on the very stony palate, with white fruits and herbal notes. Great as an apéritif or with full-flavored cheeses, and perfect for New Years Eve, of course. Great value, too, but only 3 cases came in, so grab it quickly. Biodynamic. DL

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Pinon, François NV Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé (2011)

François Pinon's Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé is one of the finest non-Champagne sparkling wines you can find. Beautifully complex aromas of citrus, honey, herbs and earth, a creamy palate with great acidity and length. François' sparkling wines age beautifully and are better than many Champagnes at twice the price! DL

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Frick 2010 Cremant d'Alsace Pinot Auxerrois

Made from 100% Pinot Auxerrois (an Alsatian sibling of Chardonnay), this brisk and frothy crémant features creamy, honeyed, oxidative aromas of golden raisins, apricot, wild blueberries, honeysuckle and brioche; the palate is bright, concentrated, dry, yeasty, and mineral with crisp golden apple, tart red currants, orange blossoms and marzipan. Thirst-quenching and fun as an apéritif and an excellent match for washed-rind cheeses, caramelized onions, savory poultry dishes, or a tarte flambée! AR

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Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Réserve OLD

The much loved Bérêche Brut Reserve is back! The previous iteration sold out early in the 2014 holiday season and we are downright giddy to stock this newly arrived instant classic, a 2/3rds blend of the 2012 vintage (equal parts pinot noir, chardonnay, and meunier) and 1/3rd reserve wine (pinot noir dominated). Disgorged in October 2014 and immaculately balanced at 7 grams of dosage, this is a nod to an era of bygone elegance.

Golden in faded and burnished tones with amber-pinkish edges, one could be forgiven for buying 2 bottles: one to enjoy immediately and one to marvel at in a coupe or lyre-shaped decanter. Immediately upon uncorking, there are fleeting aromas of fresh raspberries and fresh mint, followed by cinnamon, butterscotch, hazelnut, and wheat biscuits. The palate is rich and balanced for days with hints of lemon/lime zest, raspberries, and chocolate that crescendo to a biscuity finale. As an aperitif it’s a showstopper and paired with food, one’s thoughts turn to roasted poultry or game and their drippings! David Salinas

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Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Extra Brut Réserve

A little bird tipped us off to the wines of Raphael Bereche several months ago and we couldn't have been more pleased when we tasted them. Bereche et Fils is a nine hectare estate comprising vineyards in both the Montagne de Reims and the Vallee de la Marne. The Domaine has been in conversion to organic since 2004; cover crops are cultivated in the vineyards, and some parcels are farmed biodynamically. Raphael has been working at the Domaine since '04 and his "voice" is clearly heard in the style of the wines. One of the ways in which these wines are distinct is that malolactic fermentation is routinely avoided, meaning that the wines are bracing in their acidity, especially this Extra Brut Reserve, as dry a Champagne as we've encountered in some time. The wine is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. The nose is incredibly fresh, pretty, and crystalline; the bead is fine and elegant, and the wine succeeds in being both super dry and balanced. A must try. (disgorged 07/2013) MSB

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Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Nature Les Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Not vintage dated, this wine is entirely Chardonnay from 2008. This is a vintage we love for its pillar-like acidity and intensity and Peter Liem calls this wine "the finest edition of Beaux Regards yet." 70% of the grapes that go into this wine are from the "Beaux Regards" vineyard planted in 1902 close to Ludes; the remaining 30% come from Mareuil-le-Port. Bottled Brut Nature, the wine has an abundance of chalky minerals on the nose with green herbs and the faintest hint of wood. On the palate, the wine is rich, taught, and extremely long, some of the richness attributable to tirer à liège.One of the best wines of my recent trip to Champagne, I would encourage anyone to buy this bottle. (disgorged December 2011) -msb  

 

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Bérêche, Raphael 2006 Champagne 1er Cru Ludes Le Cran 1.5 L

Equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this wine comes from parcels close to the Bérèche family home in Ludes. The wine has a deep, dark, slightly oxidative character that is reminiscent of Chardonnay from the Jura. Dosed at 2 grams, it is quite dry but with an intense richness on the palate that complements the wine's rather stately overall profile. 2005 was a difficult year in Champagne and this bottle shows remarkable cut and complexity for the vintage. It is open and drinking well right now. MSB

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Bouchard, Cedric 2011 Champagne Infloresence Blanc de Noirs Val Vilaine R

Inflorescence "Val Vilaine" comes from a vineyard of Pinot Noir planted in 1974. It's designed to be Bouchard's "apéritif" Champagne, more fruit forward and less concentrated and intense than the wines he labels under the Roses de Jeanne label. 2011 Inflorescence Val Vilaine is quite honeyed and tropical while still offering the blue and red berries that we loved in 2010. It's a ripe example of this wine that in some ways is better thought of as a Burgundy with bubbles! There's pronounced and delicious earthiness and limestone-y minerality to the wine's finish that we'd also say is more typical of Burgundy than Champagne. MSB

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Brigandat, Pierre Champagne Brut Réserve

Combining aspects of Biodynamic and organic agriculture, Brigandat uses natural yeasts for the primary fermentation which takes place in cement lined cuvees. This Champagne has a creaminess imparted by 8-10 weeks of lees contact that is accentuated by a racy mineral component from limestone soils. The NV Brut is made from 100% Pinot Noir. This is a ripe, expressive Champagne that is delightful to drink – full of character and with a pleasant savory undertone. (also a stunning value) MSB

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Collin 2009 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrieres

From a parcel of 30-ish year old vines in Congy where the chalk is very close to the surface and mixed with black silex, this is the first wine that Olivier Collin made and it's a glorious example of his style.The base wines at Domaine Ulysse Collin are matured in 3-6 year old barrels and the first fermentation is done with native yeast. The wine shows a beautiful mingling of very lightly oxidative notes, almost buttery aromas from malolactic fermentation, and intense, pillar-like acidity. More chalk than fruit, the wine offers exotic green and yellow citrus, preserved lemon, fuzzy kiwi, and a dense, chalky minerality. Honestly, this wine tastes fantastic as still wine, and if it's open until the bubbles disperse, you'll have a very delicious glass. MSB

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Doquet NV Brut Rosé 1er Cru

This is a lovely example of rosé d'assemblage from the Côte des Blancs. 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir from Vertus and Mont-Aimé, the wine shows delicious cut and chalky mineral notes on the finish. The red wine in the blend sees several days of maceration, giving this rosé depth, color, and structure. The base wine is 2009, and this riper vintage shows in the wine's profile, which offers red raspberry and currant. Fresh, zippy, and well-balanced, it's an excellent example of this style of rosé Champagne. (disgorged December 2013; 7 grams dosage) MSB

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Doquet, Pascal 1995 Champagne Le Mesnil "Coeur de Terroir"

We learned from Champagneguide.net that this is the first all-Mesnil bottling that Pascal Doquet made once he took over the Domaine. Some of the base wine was aged in wood with no malolactic fermentation, this is a very high acid wine with lots of cut, even with dosage and almost two decades after the vintage. Slightly shrill and closed right out of the gate but with good structure and shelly, savory length on the palate, the wine becomes much more open and deliciously oxidative after 2-3 hours. Cashew-y and burnished but still deeply earthy and savory. The wine's sweet and nutty tones are balanced by savoriness and minerality. This is not a creamy Blanc de Blancs; the wine is taut and textured and a beautiful example of mature Mesnil. MSB 

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Dufour, Charles NV Champagne Extra Brut #2 Bulles de Comptoir

We could not be more excited about this bottle. It's the third sulfur-free Champagne we've encountered, and it's roughly half the price of the other two, which brings it to quite a nice price for Champagne. Made from organically grown grapes from the Côte des Bars, it's a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a touch of Pinot Blanc. The dosage, which is quite low at 2 grams, is done with organic cane sugar. Did we mention it's a joy to drink? Clean and clear as a bell, the nose offers ripe orchard fruits such as pear and apple, with a mellow, stony underpinning. We've observed before that in sulfur-free Champagnes the fruit really sings and there's a vibrancy that reminds us of how sulfur can make a wine feel clipped on the palate. We're not knocking the use of sulfur in Champagne, merely singing the praises of this excellent effort from Charles Dufour. (disgorged July, 2013) MSB  

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Egly-Ouriet NV Champagne 1er Cru Brut Les Vignes de Vrigny (base 08)

Francis Egly is one of the greatest producers of "grower" Champagne; his wines are quite exquisite across the board. Based in Ambonnay, Egly cultivates predominantly Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay and one very small plot of Pinot Meunier in the village of Vrigny. He's known for making very vinous and complex Champagnes that are super dry and aged for long periods on the lees, three years minimum. The Meunier variety gives wines of rich earthiness that are at once rustic and complex. Great stuff! (60% 2009; 40% 2008. Disgorged in July of 2013 with 36 months aging on lees.) MSB

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Egly-Ouriet NV Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru

A powerful, dry, barrel-matured Rosé Champagne. The wine is a blend of fruit from Bouzy, Ambonnay, and Verzenay comprising 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Rich, beefy, savory, and quite dry at 2-3 grams/liter dosage. MSB

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Laval, Georges NV (2010 Base) Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Brut Nature

Domaine Georges Laval is the epitome of a tiny, artisan estate. The estate is just 2.5 hectares in the 1er Cru village of Cumières, close to Ambonnay and Bouzy but with full southern exposition. Vincent Laval makes a miniscule amount of extremely terroir-driven wine (we are one of the few places in NY offering Laval). The estate has been organic since 1971 and is certified with Ecocert. Fermentation takes place in barrel with indigenous yeasts; there is no fining, filtration or cold-stabilization, and minimal use of sulfur. It is 50% Chardonnay and then split between Pinot Noir and Meunier. This edition of the Cumières is based on the steely 2010 vintage. The wine smells like delicate wildflower honey and fresh cut grass. It's extremely mineral-driven and resonant on the palate, and very chalky on the finish. Brut Nature Champagne lovers dream come true... (disgorged April 2013)  MSB

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Chavot Brut Rosé Ultradition OLD

Delicate, high-toned cherry fruit, subtle mousse notes of lemon peel and vermouth. Brisk with striking acidity and balanced tension, the wine has, nevertheless, a core of sweet, red fruit that makes it one of the more accessible in the lineup from Laherte. Laherte's wines across the board are high-acid with fresh mouth-watering finishes. MSB

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Chavot "Les 7" Extra Brut

From the "Les Clos" parcel, this wine contains all seven legal Champagne grapes, field-blended, farmed biodynamically, and vinified in barrel as its own cuvée. The wine has lots of savory notes, hazelnuts, and the edgy rusticity of Pinot Meunier, which comes through in handsome spades. The fruit is rose-hip-red, and the wine finishes with textured, dry minerality. All our eyes got big and wide and happy when we tasted this! WOW. JBT

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

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Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

I had to make a special request with the importer for this wine and I'm very excited it has finally arrived. From 30 year old vines, the Chardonnay that goes into this wine is grown on chalk and clay. Aurélian Laherte is fortunate to make wine in Chavot, south of Épernay, where the Côte des Blancs, the Montagne de Reims, and the Vallée de la Marne run together. Each of his wines is an exercise in Champagne terroir. This wine is aged in 3-15 year old barrels, uses indigenous yeast for the first fermentation, and does not go through malo-lactic fermentation. The result? A very dry, and super minerally Champagne with fine, lacy bubbles. Bring on the oysters! MSB

A staff favorite, this is the go-to Blanc de Blancs for a lean and food friendly Champagne. The nose is understated with notes of Meyer lemon, sage, and orange blossom. The palate offers a rush of freshness that carries aromas of white peaches, apricots through to a McIntosh apple finish.

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Saignée Rosé Les Beaudiers Vieilles Vignes

Entirely Pinot Meunier, this is a notably unique rosé. It's incredibly vinous and is wine — serious wine — before it's rosé or Champagne. But as a saignée Champagne it has delicacy and poise, and yet is serious and structured. It's most curiously savory — our flavor associates included soft cheese, herbs, ferns, sausage, and spices. It is wonderfully dry with chalky minerality on the finish. Not a party Champagne, but one for serious consideration and engagement. Worth contemplation by any serious wine or Champagne lover. MSB

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Mignon, Christophe NV Brut Rose Festigny Pinot Meunier

It's unusual to find all Pinot Meunier Rose Champagne. We offer another from Aurelian Laherte in Chavot, not far from Festigny. But Laherte's is a deep, rich Rose de Saignee and this is a delicate, pale, lacy Rose d'Assemblage. This is a very pretty wine with aromas of raspberry and licorice. Delicate but not frivolous, there's weight on the palate and creamy, silken texture. With 5 grams dosage (done with organic cane sugar), it's balanced and more generous than the two Brut Nature Champagnes from Mignon. Pair with cucumber sandwiches. MSB

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Mignon, Christophe NV Pur Meunier Brut Nature Festigy Pinot Meunier

We tried Christophe Mignon's excellent Pinot Meunier Champagnes last winter in France and are very happy (and also thirsty...) to find they are here! The gentleman who sells them to us referred to this reasonably priced Brut Nature bottling as "the poor man's Prevost" and we catch his drift. Mignon, a hardcore biodynamic farmer, works with 30 parcels of Meunier in Festigny in the Vallée de la Marne. This is a ripe, nutty, full-fruited yet totally dry Champagne that is earthy, herbal, and full of red cherry fruit. This wine is a joy to sip. MSB

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Mignon, Christophe 2006 Brut Nature Festigny Pinot Meunier

More stately, vinous, and less fruity than Mignon's non-vintage Brut Nature, this 2006 seems to highlight more of the savory, herbal characteristics of the Pinot Meunier grape. There's a delicious note of lemon rind in the mix that mingles nicely with the wine's mellow and harmonious acidity. (Don't get us wrong; there's plenty of acid, but it's cool and understated rather than a lashing at the sides and back of the mouth...) Though Mignon's base wines are not made in wood, they have the broad vinosity of wood-matured base wine. We found this bottling particularly suited to the umami flavors of Japanese food. Give it a try with sushi; you won't be disappointed. MSB

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Piollot NV Extra Brut Réserve Polisot

This is such a fresh and delicious value Champagne from Roland Piollot in Polisot (Côte des Bars). The blend is 50/40/10 Pinot/Chardonnay/Meunier, raised in stainless steel with native yeast and bottled Extra Brut. Of course for fans of the Marie-Courtin Champagnes, this is a natural fit, but it's a delicious bottle in its own right regardless of the relationship to Marie-Courtin (Dominique Moreau, winemaker at Marie-Courtin, is married to Roland Piollot and has a hand in the winemaking at Piollot). The nose offers delicate orchard fruits, pear, apple, etc... along with a hint of candied citrus peel and white flower. The palate is suave, finely textured, well-balanced, zesty but far from austere for an Extra Brut. Simply unbeatable... especially for the price. Take our advice and stock up on these fantastic value bubbles for the holidays. (Based on the 2009 and 2010 vintages; disgorged March 2013). MSB

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Piollot NV Extra Brut Polisot Pinot Blanc

Piollot is the husband of Dominique Moreau; Dominique Moreau is the winemaker at Marie-Courtin (and at Domaine Piollot). They are a team, farming organically, making low and no dosage, vineyard-site-specific Champagnes in the town of Polisot in the Aube. Brand new to the market, Piollot's wines impressed us with their racy and chiseled profile, which reminded us of the Marie-Courtin wines in the best possible way. At this point our experience is limited, but we were especially drawn to this Pinot Blanc bottling from Piollot, hailing from a small parcel of massale selected Pinot Blanc vines. Apple-y with delicious white orchard fruits on the nose, this is an earthy yet crisp and fruit-forward Champagne in which savory and mineral notes are in excellent balance with fruity ones... A delicious new Champagne! (Bottled Extra Brut; disgorged March 2013) MSB

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Lassaigne, Jacques NV Champagne Blanc de Blancs Le Cotet

This very special, single-vineyard wine from Emmanuel Lassaigne comes from vines planted in the 1960s. The top soil here is clay and silex with an under layer of chalk giving its distinct minerality to the wine. In fact, this vineyard highlights the unique-ness of Montgueux terroir, which has the clay of the Aube, also the chalk of the Côte des Blancs. Unlike Lassaigne's basic Montgueux, a portion of Le Cotet is raised in old barrel to allow the wine to see some oxygen during its élevage. The nose offers white flowers and orchard fruits, almond flesh, and stone. On the palate, you'll find fine bubbles, a creamy texture, and a long, chalk-laden finish. The base wine is 2010 and the wine was disgorged in 2013. MSB

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Lassaigne, Jacques NV Champagne Blanc de Blancs Vignes de Montgueux

Lassaigne's Champagnes hail from the village of Montgueux, which lies south of the Côte des Blancs and north of the Aube. This is a unique terroir for Champagne; the chalk that typifies the Côte des Blancs mingles with clay and yields a broader style of Chardonnay-based Champagne than the more chiseled and laser-like versions from further north. This wine is raised in stainless steel and highlights the flavors associated with Montgueux: bright citrus fruits with leafy, herbal notes, and a ripe almost tropical undertone. It's a richer Blanc de Blancs that maintains plenty of acidity and cut. MSB

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Prevost (La Closerie) NV (2011) Champagne Les Beguines R

Lemony fresh, creamy with fine, seemless, elegant bubbles, both full-bodied and somehow weightless and sheer, this is an excellent release of Jérôme Prevost's "Les Béguines." 100% Pinot Meunier from Gueux in the nothern Montagne de Reims, this is quite possibly the most lazer-like and mineral Pinot Meunier we've tasted. With only two hectares, Prevost's wines are quite hard to come by and much prized by lovers of terroir-focused grower Champagne. The finish is very long, leaving a lasting impression of zesty, lemony acidity and stoney-ness. MSB

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