What brings bigger smiles than Champagne? (Alexandre Chartogne, Fréderic Savart, C. Constant and Chambers' own Eben Lillie)

A Wine For All Seasons

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At Chambers Street Wines we believe that no matter what the calendar reads, it is always Champagne season! I’ll concede while our love for the sparkling mineral pleasures of Champagne never wanes, there is something about cold air and holiday cheer that reawakens everyone’s love of bubbles. Ranging from incisively mineral, savory, and filigreed to lush, suave, opulent, and nuanced, Champagne whets the appetite and energizes the palate. In addition to its complexity, versatility, and celebratory nature a new generation of vignerons is producing stunning wines of terroir. At Chambers Street Wines our Champagne section is positively bursting with wines from small growers who meticulously fashion wines for every taste. Whether to grace your table or for the perfect gift for the pickiest oenophile, we have the perfect holiday pairing! And don’t forget those large format bottles for an impressive gift or to add joy to your holiday gathering.


Below are a few of our favorites:

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Agrapart 2007 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Minéral

In reference to the single vineyard Champagne trend, Pascal Agrapart made an interesting point namely that he has between 60 and 70 parcels of vines, too many to separate! For him it makes more sense to highlight terroirs. His Mineral cuvée highlights his chalkiest plots. The base wine is made in 50% used barrel and 50% tank, a combination that works well to preserve freshness and acidity, but also to add some breadth to the palate. This is a summer wine, with gorgeous white fruits and flowers on the nose, and a beautiful stony finish with an almond-y, citrus-y bitterness on the palate. Agrapart loves that light touch of bitterness on the finish, and so do we! This is a wine for oysters, or the cellar, or for both! (disgorged February 2014; 5 grams dosage) -Sophie Barrett

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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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Bérêche, Raphael NV (base 14/15) Champagne Brut Réserve 3 Liter

Bérêche is one of our favorite growers with a number of smaller terroir specific cuvées and a wonderfully expressive base cuvée. The current disgorgement is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier including 30% of wines from a perpetual blending system - aged in demi-muid (600 liters) barrels. Disgorged in July, 2017 with a dosage of 7 grams, the Brut Réserve is classically styled with a fine bead and burnished biscuity notes. Notes of golden delicious apple and red fruit dominate the nose with a palate that is both fresh and rich with a fine line of minerality throughout. This will make for an elegant apéritif, and work beautifully with richer foods such as chicken, poached salmon, or even lobster rolls. John McIlwain

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Collin, Ulysses 2010 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrières

In a lineup of incredibly rare Champagnes, the "Pierrières" bottling is the most obtainable, and the most delicious and accessible at this stage of the game. (Read: drink this while your bottles of "Les Roises" are coming around ... ) It's also the first wine Collin made in the early 2000s. The chalk in this vineyard is quite close to the topsoil and mixed with black silex, giving the wine a spicy aromatic profile, and a rich, broad, almost Jurassic finish. The nose offers notes of white pepper and ground coriander. Though none of Collin's Champagnes are exactly giving on the palate, Pierrières has a certain generosity that makes it a joy to drink, even young and tightly coiled. A superb effort! -Sophie Barrett

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Diebolt Vallois NV Champagne Brut Prestige Blanc de Blancs

This edition of Diebolt Cuvée Prestige is 30% 2009 and 70% 2010, vinified in barrel. The fruit comes from Cramant, Chouilly, and Mesnil. Upon first opening, the wine is creamy-textured, lemony and almost lemon curd-y. When the bottle had been open for several hours it truly begins to sing. The dosage recedes to the background and the wine’s chalkiness, which shows most on the palate, really shines through. This is a fantastic effort, an age-worthy wine that also drinks just beautifully now; it's a Champagne that is both classy and powerful. -msb

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Lahaye, Benoît 2007 Champagne Brut

Benoît Lahaye's vintage Bouzy Grand Cru is 70% Pinot and 30% Chardonnay. The vines are old for Champagne, the majority having been planted in the 1960s. For this bottling, Lahaye does "tirer à liege," aging under cork rather than capsule for the second fermentation, which gives the wine fine bubbles and a creamy texture. The base wine is matured in barrel, adding richness. This is a beautiful and extremely mineral-driven example of Lahaye's style, which is subtle and elegant for Bouzy, leaning to the fresh ginger and chalky side of Pinot-based Champagne. The wine is bottled Extra Brut, with 4 grams/liter dosage and is on the dry side for Bouzy. Certified in biodynamics as of a few years ago, Lahaye is extremely conscientious in the vineyard, farming the majority of his five hectares with one horse (and now two donkeys). Lahaye's wines are stunning values and will certainly age nicely for the next decade. (disgorged 11/12) MSB

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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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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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Marguet Père and Fils 2006 Champagne Brut Grand Cru

Unusually (because Marguet is located in Ambonnay, a village known for Pinot Noir based Champagnes), this vintage 2006 is 100% Chardonnay from Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil, and, Ambonnay. There is a lot of richness and earth to the wine, which is expressive, compelling, and drinking really well right now. Barrel-fermented and a bit toasty with moderate dosage of 6 grams, this wine makes a good alterative to some of the toastier big Champagne "house" wines such as Bollinger. There is superb length and resonating chalky mineral.

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Marguet Père and Fils 2009 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay Rosé

While we're on the topic of wines that far exceed the expectations of the vintage, we've been waiting for this outstanding 2009 rosé Champagne from Benoît Marguet since April when we first tasted it. Only the fourth vintage-dated pink Champagne Marguet has made, the wine has a beautiful, floral, raspberry nose highlighted by notes of fennel and chalk. There's lots of acidity, structure, and minerality on the palate and a very long, mineral-driven finish. With a majority of Chardonnay and just shy of five grams dosage, the wine is powerful, but also elegant and pretty. As with all the recent releases from Marguet, the influence of biodynamics really makes its mark on this wine. -Sophie Barrett

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Marie-Courtin 2009 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Efflorescence

In terms of Champagne houses or even vine growers, Dominique Moreau’s Champagne Marie-Courtin is a new comer — farming since 2001 and making wine since 2006.  Moreau works 2.5 ha biodynamically in the village of Polisot in the Côte des Bar in southern Champagne whose clay and Kimmeridgian soils are closer to Chablis in profile than than those of the rest the region. Efflorescence is made from 100% Pinot Noir from the bottom of the south-facing hillside which she believes produces wines with the most power and structure. Fermentation is with native yeasts in used barriques, the wine is aged sur-lie for 3 years, then bottled without dosage. The 2009 Efflorescence has a faintly copper hue, a soft mousse and lovely texture. The nose starts floral, spiced, and red-fruited evolving with air to  display ripe apricots, white peaches, shortbread, and almond notes. On the palate it is layered and expressive; despite the ripeness of the vintage and the richness that oak-aging lends, flinty minerality frames the lush fruit and suave texture. This is really lovely, though it should be noted it is opulent for an extra-brut, and those who prefer more austere Champagnes may find its fruit a tad overly-generous. -John McIlwain

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Mouzon Leroux NV Champagne Extra Brut L'Atavique base 10

One of the most interesting terroirs of the Montagne de Reims is Verzy, whose north facing vineyards on clay limestone soils produce Pinot Noir-dominated Champagnes of cut and finesse. Biodynamic producer Mouzon-Leroux's L'Atavique is 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay mostly from Verzy with a portion of the wine barrel-fermented and bottled with 3.5g/l dosage. The nose is effusive with woodsmoke, floral, orchard fruit, citrus oil, and bread notes. The palate is energetic and nuanced, though without the density of the blanc de noirs L'Ineffable; here overt minerality is the core. Outward from this radiates a bright sense of fruit, acidity, succulence, and texture. It seems refined and playful at the same time. The finish is long, complex, invigorating, and pure. -John McIlwain

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Mouzon Leroux 2009 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Verzy G.C. L'ineffable

Sébastien Mouzon is a talented young winemaker who is enamoured of the work of Vincent Laval. (Who wouldn't be?) A few years ago he took over his family's domaine in Verzy and immediately stopped using chemicals. He is now certified organic, and striving to be biodynamic as well. We were very inspired by his passion and conviction that the best Champagne is born in the soil. This is an unusual and thought provoking bottle of wine. From 100% Verzy Pinot Noir from the 2009 vintage, it's 50% barrel-matured with 3.25 grams residual sugar, disgorged in June of 2013. The nose is smoky and vinous, with an intriguing note of dark chocolate and vibrant green fruit. It's a full-bodied, dense and complex wine with a welcome touch of bitter citrus pith on the finish. It's a wine to ponder and to drink with food, perhaps while contemplating how wonderful it would be if more young vignerons in Champagne shared Sébastien Mouzon's sentiments about organic vineyard work! MSB

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Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero

Tarlant pulls off smart austerity with enough charm, character and nuanced flavor to make for compelling and food-oriented Champagne. The NV Rosé (in this case based on the superb 2008 vintage) shows off red fruits such as currant and raspberry, which are interestingly contrasted by a spicy note that borders on being peppery. Not overtly creamy, this Rosé is extrememly minerally and elegant. (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir -- non-dosé -- disgorged 6/13)

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Vouette et Sorbée 2011 Champagne Fidèle Extra Brut

If you’re looking for a Champagne vigneron who embodies the dynamic portion of biodynamic, look no further than Bertrand Gautherot from Vouette et Sorbée. When he visited the store in October to show us his new vintage his enthusiasm was infectious. Quick with a smile, he poured for the whole staff and explained his desire for the vineyards to speak clearer than the winemaking. The wines from the admittedly difficult 2011 were poised and lovely. Biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir grown in Kimmeridgian soils in Biaunes and Kimmeridgian Marls in the eponymous Vouette vineyard in Buxières-sur-Arce, the wines are fermented with native yeast in barrel, see little sulfur, and are bottled without dosage. Cool-toned, with a peach hue, the 2011 Fidéle is chalky, red-fruited, with herbal notes, and the subtle gingery spiciness I associate with Pinot Noir from the Aube. There is nice persistence and complexity to the finish. This is savory and satisfying. Jonas Mendoza

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Vouette et Sorbée NV (2011) Champagne NV Blanc d'Argile 1.5 L

Made from low-yielding biodynamically-farmed Chardonnay planted in the Kimmeridgian marls in the west-facing vineyard site of Biaunes, Blanc d'Argile is a blanc de blancs any many ways closer in character to Chablis than the chiseled Champagnes of the Marne. The distinction between the two types of chalky soil is palpable in the pungently mineral Blanc d'Argile. The nose is briny and citrus-inflected, with savory herbal notes. This cool-toned fruitiness (indicative of the 2011 vintage) carries over on the palate with a range of yellow fruit, seashell, and flinty sapidity. Typically, the long ripening period afforded by the vineyard manifests itself in a denser, richer, nearly flamboyant fashion; this vintage shows a leaner cut highlighting the Kimmeridgian pedigree. (Disgorged 5/2014).

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