Champagne

Barbichon NV 16 base Champagne Brut Réserve 4 Cépages 1.5L

4 Cépages by Robert Barbichon is a blend of biodynamically-farmed Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc from the Aube. Thomas Barbichon makes beautiful natural Champagnes that balance the ripe, ample fruit of the Côte des Bar with a firm racy core of Kimmeridgian stoniness. The 2016 base 4 Cépages shows soft stone fruit and orange oil aromas with a savory underlying mineral note on a long, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barbichon NV base 17 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 2017-base Barbichon Blanc de Noirs is comprised of 93% Pinot Noir and 7% 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.  John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 10/21)

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 October, 2021)

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
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  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 10/21)

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 Oct 2021 after 18+ years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (D 10/21)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged for this order in October 2021. 2008 continues to delight, even 13 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!

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 10/21)

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 Oct 2021.)

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
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  • $88.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2012 Champagne Polisy Brut Res. (D 6/21)

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
  • 6 in stock
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  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2014 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 10/21)

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. The 2014 Ambonnay Brut, disgorged in October of 2021, boasts a super-fine bead and soft frothy mousse. The nose is redolent of dried flowers (chamomile), orange rind, and stone fruit with a briny top note. The palate is firm and  concentrated, with flavors of pear skin, russet apple, and spices, underlain by a firm chalky core. And while this displays the power of the Ambonnay grand cru, this shows fine elegance nuance, with layers of mineral detail. Lovely juice, indeed! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
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  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2019 Coteaux Champenois Polisy Rouge

The 2019 Beaufort Polisy Rouge Coteaux Champenois (stilll wine) is 100% Pinot Noir grown on the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. 2019 is a vintage of beautiful ripeness, but showing only 11% alcohol thanks to the climat in Polisy and the Beaufort's superb organic farming. This is a must for any lover of old-fashioned red Burgundy, we can't wait to try it. 36 bottles available.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (D 11/20)

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
  • 8 in stock
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  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2019) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 10/21)

The current release of Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV  is based on the 2019 vintage and was disgorged for this order in October, 2021. All in all, this is a pretty fascinating bottle, juxtaposing quite exotic fruit against a bracing mineral character. The nose and palate are awash with yellow florals, stone fruit and pineapple, while the back end is intensely chalky, with the limestone coolness adding length to the significant acid structure. This is very good and would make a great accompaniment to some crab salad this holiday season. Sam Ehrlich

  • white sparkling
  • 31 in stock
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  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bérêche NV (2017 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis 1.5L

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé Champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2017 base is 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunir with 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. Fermented in oak. Aged under cork and hand disgorged. The 2017 base boasts a pale salmon peach robe and fine bead.Pomegranate, wild strawberry, currant leaf, and salted plum on the nose. The palate is brisk and fresh with rosehip, wild berry, crushed herbs over a salty core,  and long, chalky finish. This is a touch more svelte than some years, but it more than makes up for this with energy and brio. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

  • Organic

Calsac, Étienne NV 19b Champagne 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs L'Échappée Belle

The 2019 base l’Échappée Belle reminds us of the beautiful purity and vibrancy of Étienne Calsac’s Champagnes. Though the domaine is located in Avize this wine speaks more to its origins in Grauves (considered Côtes des Blancs, though more aligned in character to Coteaux Sud d’Epernay according to our friend writer Peter Liem) with a just a nod towards the south-facing village of Bisseuil on the lower slope on La Montagne de Reims.

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $62.99

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $53.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Doquet, Pascal 1999 Champagne 1er Cru Vertus Blanc de Blancs

A beautiful late disgorged bottling of the 1er cru Vertus "Coeur de Terroir" lineup from organic vigneron Pascal Doquet. Aged 18 years sur latte and disgorge in July, 2018. Bottled with 6g/l dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • Organic

Feneuil, Emilien 2016 Champagne Cuvée Totum

Totum stands for “tout en un, un en tout” (“all in one, one in all”) and it embodies Emilien’s philosophy, trying to marry and blend in one unity an infinity of elements. All his 17 plots and the four grape varieties are used, in roughly the proportion represented in the vineyard : 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay and 2% Petit Meslier. Spontaneous fermentation in barrel, bottled without dosage. Though this could be considered Emelien's base cuvée, the same diligent farming and nuance vinification result in a a Champagne of focus and finesse.This wine is pre-arrival. Arrives 4/12.

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Chavot Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier

Aurélien Laherte decided to retool his previous Brut Rosé Ultradition Champagne and focus on one exclusively made from Pinot Meunier. This Champagne combines 60% immediately pressed Meunier blended with 30% macerated Meunier and 10% still red Meunier (most rosé Champagnes only opt for one of these methods of production).  This wine has a deep salmon robe with delicate flavors of wild cherry, salty plum, dried tarragon, and a sharp streak of chalky minerality. A Champagne with both finesse and structure, you can serve this as an aperitif or pair this with lighter meats or a rare filet mignon! 

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

  • Organic

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
  • 9 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • Organic

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Extra Brut Ultradition

Blend of 60% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, with 40% reserve wines to balance the base vintage. Fermentation is in barrel with partial malo. There is a fine racy component to the wine derived from the Chardonnay, some of which comes from the Cotes des Blancs, as well as a  broadness  stemming from the Meunier grown in the clay-rich soils of the Marne. The wine has a pale golden robe and fine bead. The  nose is redolent of red plum and freshly cut apple, it a hint of sea spray and lemon oil. The palate show fine energy to balance the ample character derived for the Meunier and the barrel aging of the vin clair. Flavors or stone fruit and citrus peel have a saline/ mineral earthiness framing the ripe fruit. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

Lamblot, Alexandre 2016 Vrigny 1er Cru Intuition Brut Nature

From 25-50 year-old vines in Vrigny. Fermented in barrel, the vin clair does not undergo malolactic fermentation.  Aged for 34 months on the lies and bottled without dosage.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lamblot, Alexandre 2017 Champagne Brut Nature Mouvance

Comprised of old vine parcels of organically farmed Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier from Vrigny and Chenay. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in jarres and barrels (per importer) and hand riddled and hand disgorged.

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Larmandier-Bernier 2014 Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Chemins D'Avize

100% percent biodynamically farmed Chardonnay from the Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny parcels in Avize.  Pressed in a 2000kg press, fermented in neutral barrel and bottled with 2g/l dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
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  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

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  • 4 in stock
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  • $114.99

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  • 14 in stock
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  • $31.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $179.99

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  • 7 in stock
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  • $64.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $189.99

  • 13 in stock
  • $67.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

Pouillon, R 2014 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens disg. Winter 20

From an organically farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir fermented in tank, 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2016, zero dosage. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2014 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sapience (Marguet) 2011 Champagne Sapience

Pretty floral aromas of daffodil and cherry blossom, fresh cut melon, and just ripe white peach, dusty sweetness backed up by fresh, cool-toned herbaceous notes—minty. Fine wintergreen, salted lemon peel, and green apple flavors are underlain by an ultra-fine bead of chalk that holds this together with a bit of creaminess that emerges with air. This avoids the pitfalls of 2011, asperity, overt greenness, and though not a bruiser shows a filigreed character and sinuous structure beneath the charming cool-toned fruit. This is really pretty and is quite charming in the glass. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Soreau, Hubert 2010 Champagne Brut Clos de l'Abbé Blanc de Blancs 1.5L

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
  • $259.99

  • Organic

Suenen 2018 Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

Wines from the village of Oiry are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees. The 2018 was disgorged in June of 2021 and bottled with 3 g/l dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
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  • $72.99

  • Organic

Velut, Jean NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Lumière et Craie

100% organically farmedChardonnay from the flint rich chalks of Montgeux in the Côte de Bars. Fermented in tank and comprised of a perpetual cuvée. Orange oil, apple blossom, with a wisp of smoke on the nose. The palate is ripe, but structured and taut and deeply chalky with some exotic fruit notes and a long, somewhat creamy finish. This is delicious and a great expression of the distinct Montgeux terroir. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99