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. . . take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.   – Christopher Hitchens

We are all the beneficiaries of a more dynamic, more free-thinking, more conversationally-based wine world. There was a time, not so long ago, when much of that conversation was dominated by points, by proclamations delivered from a select few. Thankfully, the culture of wine has changed and this means that historically unheralded, often unconventional growers, even from the most storied French regions can be appreciated.

The Champagnes of Jacques Beaufort and his son, Amaury, are unlike any others in the appellation. Their vineyard work goes beyond organic and biodynamic, since they avoid the use of even copper and sulfur, limiting themselves to herbal sprays. Their cellar-work is equally unorthodox, as they work with a minimal use of sulfur and lees-age some of their Champagnes for 25 years or more before releasing them without the aid of dosage.

The resulting wines are distinct, often singular expressions of Champagne. This can be stated through any amount of technical data or flowery prose, but there is a more expansive experience that can only be had by tasting the wines. To that end, I have encouraged experts, amateurs, and enthusiasts to taste these wines resulting in remarkably similar surprise and enthusiasm.

This past Saturday we opened the largest selection, to date, of Beaufort Champagnes in New York (pictured below).

Eight Beaufort vintage Champagnes from 2010 to 1989, featuring several Brut Natures, including the 1989 Ambonnay Grand Cru (far right).

For those who were unable to attend, Beaufort tastings will return in 2016 because there are special things happening in Jacques and Amaury’s vineyards and at Chambers Street Wines!

- David Salinas

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Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut

For its striking blood orange/copper color and for its vinous character, Beaufort's 2010 Rosé is one of the most compelling Champagnes on our shelves. 100% Pinot Noir from Beaufort's Polisy vineyards, there are geographic and stylistic similarities to great Rosé des Riceys. Aromas of cherry compote, cinnamon, spearmint, and butterscotch give way to gingerbread and herbal notes. The palate is broad and balanced with a juicy core of cherries, tangerines, and red plums before a lengthy mocha and mulberry finish. One of Beaufort's best rosés to date!  Tasting notes  Jan 2017 "Absolutely super, in the end the wine of the night. Transparent, super light but dense and complex, long and unfolding in waves..." (Current stock disgorged June, 2017)

  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

The Beaufort Champagnes are beautiful accompaniments to a great meal - the superb 2002 Polisy could be served at any point in your Thanksgiving feast! 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.

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

(NOTE: This  refers to a 2014 disgorgement - this wine, from the same lot, was disgorged in 2017.) The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brüléee transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  David Salinas

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $115.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut

Tasted in January 2017 at the estate. Complex aromas of lychee, candied pear, citrus, beautiful palate of yellow fruits, minerals, citrus, caramel with fabulous length. (This shipment disgorged in February 2017)

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

The 2010 Polisy Blanc de Blanc shows a delicate mousse but persistent, typical of wild yeast fermentations, with subtle white fruit aromas. The palate is chalky and long with beautiful lemon, pear, mineral and herbal notes, with a vibrant firm stony finish.  Lovely now and should cellar beautifully. This lot was disgorged in February of 2017 - it's a beautiful, elegant young Champagne and is highly recommended. DL

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort 2009 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut Nature

This 2009 is 100% Ambonnay Grand Cru fruit and this really comes across, in the form of stately minerality and structure. It shines a vibrant golden yellow in the glass and sports a finely-beaded mousse. Aromas of spearmint, peppermint, lillies, hazelnuts, and spiced apple custard float up from the glass. The palate is both round, weighty, and alive with minerality with notes of yellow plums and Cortland apples that continue through to an elegant finish.

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort 2009 Champagne Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru

This is classic Beaufort, balanced, rounded and finely filigreed with a judicious dosage. In truth, the 2009 Ambonnay Grand Cru tastes very dry for a Brut, closer to an Extra Brut in style. It shows a burnished golden yellow in the glass, adorned by a finely beaded and generous mousse. The nose offers notes of brioche, cardamom, cinnamon, roasted chestnuts, white flowers, and honeysuckle. The palate is powerful and broad, accented with aromas of Cortland apples, apple pie, and nutmeg that lead to a lingering, herbal finish. The 2009 Brut shows the pedigree of its Ambonnay Grand Cru fruit. It's delicious now, but it also has real aging potential. (Lot #09A. Disgorged 9/2015.) David Salinas

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

With all its nuance and detail, this nearly 20-year-old Champagne has the potential for wide appeal. On the edges it shimmers a more bright golden yellow and its core it rests a burnished golden color, speckled by a fine and discrete mousse. The nose offers aromas of honeysuckles, Granny Smith apples, hazelnuts, chestnuts, vanilla, and smoky tones. The palate is round, circular, and weighty with aromas of lemon verbena and wisteria before a mineral, singing finish. This combines so many of the best qualities of Beaufort's Champagnes : strikingly nuanced aromatic detail, along with a gracefully powerful palate and a resounding finish. (Lot #96A. Disgorged 10/16.) 

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $136.99

  • Organic

Beaufort 1989 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut Nature

Forget back-vintage Champagnes, forget Champagnes, the 1989 Ambonnay Grand Cru Burt Nature has qualities, glinting behind its quarter-century of lees-aging that place it in the category of great wines. A sleek golden yellow in the glass, an understated mousse helps to bring up aromas of forest fruits, heather, laurel, biscuity and smoky tones before a Gyokuro back-drop. The palate is remarkably vibrant with a fine-grained minerality and slight touches of smoky Lapsang souchong tea that builds to a humming and lip-smacking finish. Truly memorable Champagne. (Lot # 89A, Disgorged 9/15).

- David Salinas

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur