Champagne

Agrapart NV Avize Grand Cru Extra Brut Complantée b16

This wine is based on the three classic Champagne varieties with the addition of Arbanne, Pinot Blanc, and Petit Meslier. The vines are planted in the "La Fosse" vineyard, the same vineyard that gives us the fabulous cuvée Vénus. The idea behind this wine is to see if terroir trumps variety, the ancient varieties sort of cancelling each other out to reveal greater expression of minerality. The wine is outstanding with fennel and red fruit notes on the nose, very fine mousse, and a beautiful, chalky finish. In general, these ancient varieties can yield a rustic Champagne, but, as we'd expect from Agrapart, this wine is the soul of refinement. (dosage: 5 grams) -Sophie Barrett

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Agrapart NV Champagne Extra Brut Terroirs Blanc des Blancs

A blend of grapes from several villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oiry, and Oger. Pure Chardonnay from 20-40 year old vines aged partially in barrel, Terroirs offers citrus blossom aromas and Meyer lemon and green apple flavors on a bright, zesty, chalky finish. Makes for a bracing aperitif or fine accompaniment to sushi or tempura. John McIlwain

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Barbichon 2014 Champagne Coteaux Champenois (Still)

A 100% Pinot Noir from certified organic Domaine Robert Barbichon in Gye sur Seine in the Côte des Bar, the 2014 Coteaux rouge is a bright, racy wine that offers aromas of wild strawberry,  pomegranate, wild cherry, and forest floor. The palate is lithe, stony, and fresh with succulent red fruit flavors and a fine-grained minerality. The wine has great panache and is an invigorating, thirst-quenching option for the holiday table. John McIlwain

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Beaufort, André NV (2016) Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut (D 09/18)

The Beaufort Polisy Brut Rosé is from the 2016 vintage, disgorged for this shipment in September of 2018. The wine shows a bright pink/orange color and fresh aromas of red currant, raspberry and tart cherry with orange peel and floral hints. The palate shows bright berry fruits with earth, citrus and mineral flavors framed in brisk acidity with nice length of red currant and citrus. Serve this young, refreshing rosé with patés and charcuterie, smoked fish, goat cheeses...

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Bérêche, Raphael NV "L12" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 12

Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A sensational pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

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Bérêche, Raphael NV "L13" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 13

For holiday celebrations, Champagne is a must. Not just for the festive association of bubbles, but also because it is truly one of the most versatile wines to grace one's table. The inherent acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the foods, while the bubbles and moderate alcohol invigorate the palate rather than tire it. One of my favorite Champagnes for the table is Bérêche's Reflets d'Antan. Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Better served in a white wine glass to allow the aromas to develop. John McIlwain

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Bérêche, Raphael NV (2014 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Les Beaux Regards is a blend of two parcels of Chardonnay in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims planted in 1964 and 1970. The loamy clay soils produce a Champagne more vinous in character, rather than exclusively taut and chalky. The 2014 displays lemon and apple blossom and stone fruit aromas, with delicate notes of spice and  citrus peel following. The palate is distinctly nervy and racy, with overtly stony notes, cool notes of orange oil and lemon balm and a long tangy, expressive finish. There's a penetrating minerality here matched by equally vivacious fruit. Delicious! (Dosage 3g/l., disg. 01/18) John McIlwain

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Contrées (Horiot, Lamoureaux) 2009 Riceys Terroirs 4 pack

Les Contrees is a fascinating study of terroir within the Riceys. Four separate lieux-dits harvested at nearly the same time, vinified the same way and disgorged within days of each other. The expressiveness of each terrior makes this a must for Champagne obsessives. Yes, Virginia, there is terroir in Champagne!

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Couche, Vincent 2009 Brut Nature Montguex ADN

The 2009 ADN (French for DNA) Brut Nature from Vincent Couhe is 100% Chardonnay sourced entirely from Montgeux. The vines are farmed biodynamically, fermentation is with native yeasts in barrel and the wine aged sur latte under cork, rather than crown cap and bottled without SO2. The nose if effusive with ripe aromas of Meyer lemon peel, orange oil, comice pear, and autolyse. The palate is rich and deeply chalky  with a pleasing hint of oxidation and an intriguing umami character to pair with ripe orchard fruit flavors. The finish is layered and complex with a whiff of smokiness. This is an intriguing expression of terroir and makes a compelling case for sans-soufre Champagnes. John McIlwain

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Couche, Vincent NV Extra-Brut Chardonnay de Montgeux

100% Chardonnay from Vincent Couche's parcels in Montgeux, biodynamically farmed, fermented with native yeasts in a combination of barrel and tank,  and aged on the lees for 9 years. The wine winse has a pale yellow robe soft mousse and fine bead. The nose offers an array of citrus peel and orchard fruit aromas with notes of brioche and a hint of flinty mineral smoke. The midweight palate is supple and rich with ripe tropical fruit flavors giving way to notes lemon curd and chalk on the broad, expansive, persistent finish. I like the concentration and cut here as this is a compelling expression of the distinctive Montgeux terroir. John McIlwain

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Déhu, Benoît NV Champagne Brut Nature La Rue des Noyers b13

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 nose is floral and redolent of red fruits, cherry blossom, and sea spray. The palate while broad and expansive and featuring layers of orchard fruit and citrus peel flavors gives way to a frank earthiness and salty mineral character in the long, lifted, lilting finish. John McIlwain

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Diebolt Vallois 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Fleur de Passion

If you'd like to explore the terroirs and character of the Côte des Blancs, Diebolt-Vallois is a good place to start. Jacques Diebolt started the domaine with his wife in 1960 and has a collection of well-situated plots in Cramant,  Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cuis and Epernay, per writer Peter Liem, From these holdings he  and his son and daughter fashion classically styled Champagnes. The crown jewel is the Fleur de Passion, a Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs from a selection of old vine plots in Cramant (Pimonts, Buzons, Goutte d’Or, Rouillées, Fourches and Gros Monts per champagneguide.net). These selections are vinified and aged in used oak barrels without malolactic fermentation, and bottled unfiltered and unfined. The resulting wines are taut, nervy, towering expressions of Cramant terroir. Uncompromising in its youth, Fleur de Passion is structured, chiseled, and profoundly chalky. With time in the bottle, it reals a suave texture, deep minerality and nuanced pure fruit. The 2008 only hints at its potential, with whiffs of lemon blossom, and white apricot and chalk, the palate is densely mineral and coiled, while refined. This is a Champagne that needs quite a few years in the bottle to reveal its breed, but should dazzle in a decade and beyond. John McIlwain

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

This excellent 100% Chardonnay from certified organic vigneron Pacal 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%), this has some great development and an ethereal elegance. Disgorged January 31st, 2018. Dosage 3.5g/l.

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Doyard NV 13b Champagne Premier Cru Brut Cuvée Vendémiaire base 13

Made from 100% Chardonnay from organically farmed vineyards in Vertus, Le Mesnil, Orger, Avize, and Cramant, the 2013 base Cuvée Vendémiaire is a must for fans of chiseled, chalky Champagnes from the Côte des Blancs. With long lees aging (56 months, partially in oak), low sulfur, and bottling under lower pressure, this shows a more vinous side of Blanc de Blancs, while offering tremendous value. The nose is a pleasing mélange of floral lemon blossom and citrusy notes, with cool herbal and biscuity notes. The mid-weight palate has notes of lemon curd, russet apple,  with a creamy mid-palate giving way to an incisively chalky finish. Makes for a bracing aperitif and is a fine pairing with a platter of Island creek oysters. -John McIlwain

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Godmé 2008 Champagne Brut Premier Cru Les Romaines Pinot Meunier

I have a not-so-secret love for Champagnes made from Pinot Meunier. Godmé's single vineyard expression, Les Romaines 1er cru, is an especially stunning example. The biodynamically farmed vineyard located in Villedommange has calcareous soils which lend a particularly savory minerality to the wine, offsetting the sometimes over-generous nature of the variety. And in 2008 this minerality offers great cut and energy to an already vibrant Champagne. There is impeccable balance here; ripe fruit framed by the nearly pointillistic earthiness, the 2 grams of dosage is barely perceptible. This is classy, harmonious, and long, speaking vividly of place. -John McIlwain

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Godmé 2009 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

Fine bead. Red fruit, spice, wet stone on the nose giving way to red apple skin, and orange blossom aromas. Palate is broad on the attack and somewhat rich, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. The tension between the deep-pitched red fruit flavors and sapid earth tones is exquisite--a Champagne for contemplation! Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed!  (0g/L dosage, disgorged 1/18) John McIlwain

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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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Marguet Père and Fils 2015 Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Blanc

The inaugural release of biodynamic vigneron Benoît Marguet's Coteaux Champenois Blanc, the 2015 was aged for 19 months in barrel. Bosc pear, lemon blossom, honeycomb on the nose. The palate is textured and waxy with good acidity lending freshness and brightness to a rich, layered finish redolent of nectarine, lemon curd, and acacia honey. With time in the glass, a deep minerality is revealed. This is magnificent Coteaux Champenois and a great expression of Ambonnay terroir. Bravo Benoît! John McIlwain

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Pouillon, R 2010 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens

From an organically farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir  and 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2017, zero dosage. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2010 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers toasty brioche, Meyer lemon peel, lemon blossom and sea spray aromas. The palate shows punchy vibrant fruit t on the attack, with an incisive minerality dominating a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, sapid, and powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere. (Disgorged Spring 2017) John McIlwain

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Ruppert-Leroy 2015 Champagne Brut Nature Pinot Noir "Papillon"

From a parcel of massale-selected Pinot Noir vines within the  Fosse Grely vineyard in Essoyes.

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Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier,  from the 2010 vintage. Bottled without dosage, this still has a fine sense of energy and depth on the palate due to great farming and long lees-aging. The nose tends towards orchard fruit citrus peel, and pear skin, with fine biscuity after-aromas. The palate shows a fine bead and with a good balance of concentration, minerality, and a bracing zesty finish. John McIlwain

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