Champagne

Barbichon NV base 16 Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs

From year to year there seem to be few greater values in Champagne than those of biodynamic grower Thomas Barbichon in Gyé-sur-Seine in the Aube. From his 9 HA domaine he produces wines of purity, elegance, and precision. The current disgorgement of his Blanc de Noirs is Pinot Noir-dominant. The 2016 base Barbichon Blanc de Noirs is comprised of 89% Pinot Noir and 11% Pinot Meunier. The farming is Demeter certified. The robe has a faint peach hue.  The nose is attractively floral and red-fruited with aromas of wild strawberry, sour cherry, and crushed herbs.The palate is bright and vibrant with flavors of orange oil, a fine line of minerality, with a soft mousse and fine bead.The finish is expansive and tangy with a hint of biscuit on the back end. Lovely Champagne and an excellent value. (disgorged 5/16/2019, 2 g/l dosage)  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disc 01/21)

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. A great vintage in Champagne yielding firmly structured wines for long-term cellaring. We'd love to re-taste this wine but it keeps selling out before we can get to it! (Disgorged for this order in January 2021 after 24+ years on the lees).

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $133.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 01/21)

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 brulée 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!  (Disgorged for this order in Jan, 2021)

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 09/19)

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort from the superb 2002 vintage - 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 yet 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 Sept 2019 after 16+ years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $98.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 01/21)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged for this order in January 2021. 2008 continues to delight, even 12 years after the harvest. The current disgorgement of the Polisy has a pale yellow robe, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is soft and pretty offering aromas of golden apple, acacia, lemon curd and apple blossom. The mid-weight palate is bright and brisk on attack, with flavors of Macintosh apple, bergamot, and green tea giving way to a fine core of minerality lending focus. This has good length and energy on  a lifted and expansive finish. This is very good with vibrant fruit and nascent aged flavors knitting elegantly. A fine effort from the Beauforts! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 11/20)

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 Nov 2020.)

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $87.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2012 Champagne Polisy Brut Reserve

Having missed our trip to France this year, we decided to bring in two vintages from Beaufort that we have not tasted recently, 2012 and 2014. The 2012 has warranted our attention. The robe is a pale golden yellow. The wine has a fine bead and soft foamy mousse. The nose offers aromas of apple blosom, Seville orange peel, and wet stone. The palate is ripe but chiseled, with savory russet apple peel, crushed herbs, evolving with air to offer  flavors of salted plum and stone. As with other Beaufort Champagnes the character is vinous and mouth-filling and suited for the table. This shows excellent energy and persistence and beckons for pairing with salmon crudo, marinated roasted peppers, or salade Nicoise with perfectly ripe tomatoes. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
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  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2014 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (Dis 1/21)

As with most vineyards from Beaujolais north to Champagne, 2014 was typified by uneven weather and a cool damp summer, but was saved in the end by a warm, dry September, producing bright, well balanced wines of moderate ripeness.  We have recently tasted some excellent 2014 vintage Champagnes, or non-vintage wines based on 2014, so we look forward to this recent disgorgement of the Beaufort Ambonnay Grand Cru.

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (D 12/20)

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Disgorged December 2020.

  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bérêche NV (Base 2018) Champagne Brut Réserve

35% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 35% Meunier from the 2018 vintage. Disgorged 12/20, 7g/l dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • Organic

Déhu, Benoît NV Champagne Brut Nature La Rue des Noyers b16

For those who dismiss the minerality and terroir specificity of Pinot Meunier in the Vallée de la Marne, Benoit Déhu's La Rue des Noyers makes a compelling case for the grape's expressiveness. From a 1.7 hectare plot of biodynamically farmed vines in the the eponymous lieu-dit in Fossoy, Benoit produces a Champagne of great suppleness and verve. The grapes are fermented in oak with native yeasts, aged under cork, and is bottled without dosage. The 2016 has a lovely nose redolent of ripe peach, salted plum, and wild strawberry. The palate is rich and supple on the attack with ripe stone fruit flavors girded with a salty, chalky core giving way to a long mouth-watering finish. This is delicious now, but has enough underlying structure to bode well for further development. This was lovely with an array of sushi, but I'd be delighted to pair this with grilled salmon or butter-poached lobster. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Diebolt Vallois NV Champagne Brut Prestige Blanc de Blancs

From a perpetual cuvee , vinified in barrel. The fruit comes from Cramant, Chouilly, and Mesnil. Upon first opening, the wine offers aromas of white flowers and lemon verbena, giving way to notes of chalk and sea spray. The palate  is creamy-textured with a fine bead and lemon and golden apple flavors enrobing a mouthwatering, deeply chalky core. This is a shimmering, age-worthy blanc de blancs , that pairs incisive minerality with elegant ripe white fruit, and nuance from the perpetual cuvee of vins clairs. Beautifully rendered and a joy to drink. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Doquet, Pascal 2008 Champagne 1er Cru Mont Aime Coeur de Terroir

Located just south of Bergères and east of Vertus, Doquet has well-situated vines on Le Mont Aimé, a premier cru hill of  chalk, silex and sand rather than the purer chalk of the rest of the Côte des Blancs. The vineyard sight is south-facing, but is still cooler than Doquest's parcels in Le Mesnil or Vertus. Pascal's Mont Aimé is mineral flinty, and briny on the palate. It is rare to encounter cuvées from Mont Aimé, so this is a treat; even more so in the excellent 2008 vintage. John McIlwain (Pre-arrival, wine arrives 7/23.)

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic

Doquet, Pascal NV (2009 base) Champagne Diapason Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs

This excellent 100% Chardonnay from certified organic vigneron Pascal Doquet is an excellent example of a non-vintage blanc des blancs sourced from Les-Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of Champagne's most famed grand cru villages. Base vintage 2009 (61%),  reserve wine (31%), fermented and aged in a combination of enamel tank and neutral barrel. The robe is a pale golden yellow. The nose offers an attractive array of white fruits, lemon blossom, chalk, and biscuit aromas. The palate is energetic and layered with fine flavors of lemon curd, seashell, and a bit of the classic Mesnil quinine profile. This has an incisive briny chalk character and an ethereal elegance, with room for further development. Disgorged January 31st, 2018. Dosage 3.5g/l. John McIlwain (Pre-arrival, wine arrives 7/23)

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) NV Damery Cuvée Speciale Base 17

The tiny Champagne Filaine is one of our favorite Champagne houses.  And the singular Fabrice Gass is one of our favorite Champagne characters. His wines  are made up of  Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier from the south-facing village of Damery on the slope of the Grand Vallée de la Marne. The wines are made in the manner of 100 years ago. Fabrice farms without chemicals, ferments in wood, and due to the age of his barrels, avoids malolactic fermentation.  This disgorgement is based on the 2017 vintage and balances nicely the classic richness Damery and ripeness of the vintage with a steely minerality.  Aromatically the wines offer up aromas of baked apple, orange oil, spices, and soil notes. On the palate flavors of ripe red fruit and a pervasive sense of chalkiness vie with with a creamy texture on the broad, rich finish. This is a perfect wine for the holiday table with its pinpoint balance of generous fruit and earthy structure. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

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.

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • Organic

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

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet 2018 Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Blanc

100% biodynamically-farmed Chardonnay. The Marguet 2018 Ambonnay blanc is a magnificent Coteaux Champenois. The nose is effusive and floral with aromas of apple blossom and white peach. The palate is concentrated, powerful, and bees-waxy with pretty stone fruit and orange oil flavors with an intense chalkiness at its core. The finish is long and layered displaying grand cru class. This is delicious now with air, but should gain in complexity and sophistication with a few years of cellaring. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mouzon Leroux NV (Solera) Verzy Grand Cru L'Ascendant Solera

A perpetual cuvée comprised of 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay from Verzy, farmed organically (certified), and fermented in used barrel. Aged 40 months sur latte.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 16) Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs La Tuilerie

100% Chardonnay from a southwest facing parcel comprised of sandy limestone soils in Vandières on the right bank of the Marne.  Farmed biodynamically. Fermented with native yeasts, aged in a combination of vat and small barrel, secondary fermentation is under cork, with prise de mousse done with grape must rather than liqueur. *Pre-arrival, wine arrives 6/25.

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 17) Champagne Extra Brut La Fontinette Pinot Meunier

100% Pinot Meunier from a single plot towards the bottom of the slope in Chatillon sur Marne, planted in 1965, biodynamically farmed. The soils are sand and clay limestone over marl. The vins clairs were aged in a combination of barrel and tank, secondary fermentation under cork, aged for 30 months on lees.It’s such a delight tasting the wines from growers whose progress you’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy bottle by bottle, year by year. Especially when it’s a grower a talented and seeking as Flavien Nowack. The 2017 La Fontinette (Parcelle-Autre Cru) Pinot Meunier is a Champagne combining lush fruit and subtle, but striking earth notes. The robe is a faint peach hue, the mousse is soft and frothy, boasting an ultra-fine bead. The nose offers aromas of stone fruit, orange skin, citrus blossoms. and bicuit. The palate is inviting and juicy on the attack with balancing orchard fruit flavors, hints of sweet spice and peach nectar flavors enrobing a taut and nervy  core with a lip-smacking, expansive, stony finish. John McIlwain*Pre-arrival, wine arrives 6/25.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 18) Champagne Extra Brut S.A. (Sans Année)

Flavien Nowack's Extra-Brut S.A. (Sans Année) is comprised of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay farmed biodynamically in the village of Vandières in the Marne. The base vintage is 2018 with 40% reserve wines dating from 2012. Initial fermentation is with native yeasts and the vins clairs are aged in tank and oak.  The nose offers pretty aromas of pear skin skin, salted plum, and wet stone. The palate is medium-bodied and buoyant with orchard fruit and spice flavors undergirded by a fine bead of pungent minerality. John McIlwain*Pre-arrival, wine arrives 6/25.

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 18) Champagne Extra Brut Les Arpents Rouges

Perhaps the most distinctive in a lineup of compelling Champagnes, Les Arpents Rouges is a single parcel wine comprised of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, grown in clay-sandstone soils toward the bottom of the slope in Vandières. The grapes are farmed organically, and aged in barrels without sulfur or ouillage (topping up). The prise de mousse is done with grape must and the wine is bottled without sulfur. The resulting wine is umami-rich in character and utterly fascinating.

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ponson NV (2015) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

In a region beset by indifferent farming and difficult weather, there's a lot of inspiration to be had as a new generation of Champenois take over their family domaines. Maxime Ponson is a prime example of a young grower recognizing the need to improve the farming and embrace organic viticulture as a moral imperative (not to mention make better wines). La Petite Montagne 1er is sourced from vineyards spread across seven communes on the eponymous Petite Montagne located to the east and southeast of Reims.

  • white sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pouillon, R 2013 Champagne Grand Cru Extra-Brut Les Valnons

100% Chardonnay from the well-situated Les Valnons Froid Cul lieu-dit on the upper slope of the Grand Cru village of Aÿ. Fermented with native yeasts in 80% used barrels, the balance in tank. Disgorged in Winter 2019. Dosage 3 g/l. Les Valnons is a lovely, albeit somewhat atypical Blanc de Blancs from a village better known for its Pinot Noir.

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

Soreau, Hubert 2010 Champagne Brut Clos de l'Abbé Blanc de Blancs

Hubert Soreau is is a vigneron whose wine exemplifies the dedication of small growers to producing distinctive Champagnes of terroir. Farming just .49 ha near Epernay without chemicals, he produces tiny amounts of wine which ages in wood, sees long lees-aging under cork, and extended time in the cellar before release. The current Release of Le Clos l'Abbé (base 2010 with this bottling) is vinous,  savory, and layered.  The nose offers aromas  of lemon blossom, sea spray, beeswax, and chalk. The palate is rich and layered, with  a subtle, perfectly knit barrel influence  lending textural complexity to the mid-palate. This is a lovely blanc de blancs with pinpoint balance between the ripe fruit, briochey, biscuity nose, and salty chalkiness. Bottled without dosage. Disgorged summer, 2019. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $144.99

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • Organic

Vilmart & Cie. NV Champagne Brut 1er cru Cuvée Rubis Rosé (17 Base)

90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, with 15% Pinot Noir vin rouge. Aged for 10 months in foudre. No malolactic fermentation. Base 2017 with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015. Rubis has a dark salmon robe and fine bead. The nose offers aromas of peach skin, wild strawberry, and blood orange oil. The palate is sinuous and nervy (relative to Vilmart’s ample house  style) with wild strawberry, crushed herbs, and a creamy orange curd note on a long mouthwatering, juicy finish. There’s a pebbly mineral core beneath the ripe red fruit and great detail and coolness overall and this should age smartly for the next decade. This has fine verve and snap and each sip beckons for another. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • Organic