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Annual Champagne 2021 - Melbourne

Annual Champagne 2021 - Melbourne - Prince Wine Store

Annual Champagne 2021 – Melbourne

The Annual Champagne Night goes down as one of our favourite of the yearly
events calendar and we are excited that after been unable to run the event in
2020 we are back better than ever for 2021.


This year we've tightened up the selection on show making sure that only the
best Champagnes are being pouted. These are our favourite houses, large and
small as well a one of the best selections of grower champagne in town. This
year included a number of newer smaller Champagne houses along with a host of
new vintage releases from the who's-who of Champagne. What hasn't changed is the
best value pricing in the country from one of the most exciting offers of the
year.


We have included all our usual favourites with Larmandier Bernier, Pierre
Peters, Ruinart, Charles Heidsick, Taittinger and a host of others as well some
new cuvees from the likes of Jacquesson, Thienot, and Louis Roeder amongst many
of the best value houses like Veuve Fourny, Collet and Vollereaux.


The Grower Champagne movement and focus on smaller producers continues to
reflect consumers growing interest and appreciation of quality Champagne where
the triumph of terroir and artisanal winemaking over marketing has led to new
levels of quality across the board. The likes of  Agrapart, Lecourte
Godbillon, Bereche & Fils, Chartogne Taillet and many others perfect
examples of this and we are delighted to re-visit these again.


At the risk of sounding like a broken record we truly believe there is
something for everyone from this incredible selection of Champagnes.


Cheers


Alex, Michael, and the Team at the Prince

Agrapart

I think I can say with confidence these are the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Pascal Agrapart. The flagship cuvées in the range are fabulous, but what really impressed me this year was how gorgeous the more ‘modest’ wines in the range are. Specifically, the 7 Crus and Terroirs this year are outrageously beautiful. As always, Agrapart’s Champagnes are taut and intensely mineral in feel.  ANTONIO GALLONI


Pascal Agrapart embodies the best of the artisan tradition in Champagne, and his wines show it. ANTONIO GALLONI


Agrapart’s wines are of uniformly excellent quality, with a naturally vibrant and vinous character that makes them feel grown rather than made. PETER LIEM, champagneguide.net

  1. Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blanc Brut Grand Cru NV
    Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blanc Brut Grand Cru NV
    The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Terroirs is a very pretty wine among the entry-level selections in this range. Bright and vibrant in the glass, the Terroirs bristles with energy, the blend of fruit from sites in Avize, Oger, Cramant and Oiry works so well here. Citrus, white flowers, white pepper and crushed rocks add a super appealing upper register. This release is a blend of equal parts 2016 and 2015, with about 25% of the wine done in neutral oak. Dosage is 5 grams per liter. Best of all, the Terroirs is a superb value. ANTONIO GALLONI,Vinous.com
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $144.00 Regular Price $175.00

Andre Clouet - Bouzy

So I was bowled over when I tasted this estate-bottled Brut Nature (meaning no added sugar or dosage) from André Clouet. It was magnificent. It made my palate sit up and beg for more.  What’s it got? Pinot Noir, that’s what. All Pinot, all the time, in fact. The bubbly is 100 percent Pinot Noir grown in the village of Bouzy, a grand cru rated 100 percent in Champagne’s official vineyard rankings.  Exceptionally dense, creamy, utterly dry and redolent of red berries (if you close your eyes and smell the wine you’d think you were drinking a full-fledged Pinot Noir-which, of course, you are), this is the most succulent sparkling wine I’ve ever tasted.  MATT KRAMER, Wine Spectator
 
Tasting after tasting confirm my impression that this relatively unknown and fast ascending house ranks high amongst Champagne’s finest practitioners of pinot noir – and represents one of the best values of all. TYSON STELZER, The Champagne Guide 2020-2021

Clouet is a pinot noir house with access to 8ha of vines of the best sun-kissed slopes of Bouzy and Ambonnay, both Grand Cru villages in Montagne de Reims. The Clouet family have worked in the area since 1751, along the way acquiring prized plots of the region.

Bouzy ranks amongst the greatest terroirs of Champagne. It’s one of the warmest in the Montagne de Reims and according to Champagne aficionado Peter Liem ‘thanks to a sunny, south-facing exposition, it’s known for ripe, full-bodied wines, a primary reason for its historical fame.’ It’s a Grand Cru Village where pinot noir exudes tension and muscularity.

Starting as growers, they worked the vines for centuries selling their grapes to the bigger houses of Champagne, making just a modest amount under their own label. That is until Jean Francois Clouet took over winemaking duties. He is the most talented of his lineage. Like him, his wines are exuberant and hedonistic on approach. This is artfully countered on the palate by fineness and sinewy structure showcasing where the genius lies, the delicate interplay of light and shade.

To propel the grapes to greater heights, winemaking standards are incredibly high. The wines see extended lees aging and are amped with a large proportion of reserve wines – in the humble Grande Reserve over 50% of the wine comes from reserve stocks. This is unheard of at this level. It’s liked they’ve turned the hierarchy of Champagne on its head. A solera is maintained with a perpetual blend dating back to 2002, the secret behind the wines multifaceted nature, nougaty richness and silken texture.

The Silver Brut Nature is also pinot focussed. The grapes are picked full of flavour, think black cherries, red apples and forest floor and no dosage is added. Once again over 35% of the blend comes from reserve wines dating back to 2010. This has laser-like penetration, countered by a ripe core of fruit and a minerally undertow. Purity and clarity are at play here.

The Rose weaves lightness with power. Named as an ode to Coco Chanel (No. 3), it’s the ‘little black dress’ of roses. Savoury and sleek, but also elegant and fine it’s a refined expression of pinot combining florals and earthy mushroom tones. Stelzer describes it as ‘a pristine and enticingly priced rose.’ A large 50% of reserve wine is added from a solera of 10 vintages, adding depth and richness.

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  1. Andre Clouet V6 Experience NV
    Andre Clouet V6 Experience NV

    Jean-Francois describes pinot noir as entering a phase he dubs 'The Whirlwind' in its sixth year of maturation. The rest of his inspiration is impossible to put into words, but clicking on 'Cuvee Design Specification' on his website will put you on the right trajectory. For the exuberance of Bouzy pinot noir and not inconsiderable age, the freshness packed into this cuvee is something to behold. Grapefruit tang meets crunchy red apple fruit, contrasting the generosity and spice of the village and the tension of zero dosage. Get on board. Tyson Stelzer

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $100.00 Regular Price $120.00

Ayala


In 1882 Ayala was one of the 18 founder members of the
Syndicate of the Grand Marques. Located in Ay, in the heart of the Montagne de
Reims vineyards, this is very much a Pinot dominant house. It is a relatively
small house, artisan in character and style but unquestionably a Grand Marque In
2005, Ayala was purchased by the Bollinger family. They produce exceptional
completely dry champagne.
Light, fresh and pleasant with a cushiony mousse.
TOM STEVENSON

  1. Ayala Blanc de Blanc 2014
    Ayala Blanc de Blanc 2014
    Disgorged in June 2020, Ayala's newly released 2014 Brut Blanc de Blancs wafts from the glass with lovely aromas of crisp orchard fruit, honeyed pear, English walnuts and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and incisive, its ample core of fruit is underpinned by brisk acids and complemented by a pillowy mousse. After the chiseled 2013, this is a precise but somewhat more generous, enveloping wine. Even if that makes it quite approachable today, it will really come into its own when it picks up more complexity and texture with another year or two on cork. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021

    2014
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $123.00 Regular Price $145.00
  1. Ayala Brut Majeur NV
    Ayala Brut Majeur NV
    The NV Brut Majeur shows lovely balance in an approachable, up-front style well-suited to near-term drinking. Clean, mineral notes add a sense of proportion on the fresh, vibrant finish. The blend is 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, 80% of which is from the 2004 vintage, while the rest of the wine is composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reserve wines.
    ANTONIO GALLONI, Wine Advocate, 2010
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $69.00 Regular Price $85.00
  1. Ayala Brut Rose Majeur NV
    Ayala Brut Rose Majeur NV
    Offering up charming aromas of ripe apples, red berries and crushed mint, it's full-bodied, broad and fleshy, with a youthfully ebullient mousse, ripe acids and a moderately intense finish. This rendition is a touch more sun-kissed and open-knit than the best examples, but it's a creditable effort. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2019 

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $93.00 Regular Price $110.00

Billecart-Salmon

A small, family-owned house that always produces high-quality Champagne of great finesse, Billecart-Salmon is particularly renowned for the delicate style of its rosé, which accounts for one in every five bottles it sells. The essence of the Billecart-Salmon style has always been its meticulous production. TOM STEVENSON



The Billecart-Salmon house style is defined by class, elegance, and a sublime freshness to the wines. Long fermentations at cold temperatures with no malolactic fermentation are the rule at this small, family-owned property in Mareuil-sur-Ay. I also had a chance to re-taste the 2000 Brut Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon 2000 Brut Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart (reviewed last year). Both wines showed beautifully. ANTONIO GALLONI, Wine Advocate 2009

  1. Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs NV
    Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs NV
    Light yellow-gold. High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by notes of honeysuckle, lemongrass and chalky minerals. Spicy, focused and mineral-driven, with intense Meyer lemon, tangerine and pear skin flavors given depth by a hint of brioche. A note of smokiness builds on the finish, which hangs on with outstanding floral persistence. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $129.00 Regular Price $170.00
  1. Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV
    Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV
    The NV Brut Rose emerges from the glass with the essence of freshly cut flowers, berries and minerals in a mid-weight, gracious style. It shows gorgeous inner perfume, along with persistent notes of chalkiness that frame the long, sublime finish. Year in, year out, this estate’s NV Brut Rose is one of the most consistently outstanding wines in the region. ANTONIO GALLONI
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $112.00 Regular Price $145.00

Bollinger

This Ay-based Négociant has the considerable advantage over
many other houses of owning 150ha of its own vines and therefore being able to
rely on a core of first-class raw materials on which it builds its wines,
especially the reserves (stored painstakingly in magnums under cork) and the top
cuvees. ANDREW JEFFORD, The New France


Classic, Pinot-dominated Champagnes of great potential
longevity and complexity, Bollinger tends to go toasty rather than biscuity, due
no doubt to the influence of oak, rather than of Chardonnay, which plays a
relatively minor role. TOM STEVENSON


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  1. Bollinger Rose NV
    Bollinger Rose NV
    Pale, bright pink.  Expressive aromas of fresh red berries, tangerine and toasty lees, with a suave floral nuance.  Deeply pitched but quite energetic, offering pure strawberry and cherry preserve flavors underscored by zesty citrus and mineral notes.  Becomes richer and smokier with air and finishes with excellent clarity, thrust and persistence.  For such a powerful wine this Champagne is impressively lithe and incisive. JOSH RAYNOLDS
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $119.00 Regular Price $140.00
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Champagne Bonnaire

Located in Cramant in the Côte de Blancs to the south of Epernay the Bonnaire family own some of the very best sites of Cramant making a range of beautifully precise blanc de blanc and Chardonnay predominant Champagnes. Bonnaire use only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand cru rated vineyards in Cramant and Cuis and Oiry together with small holdings in the Marne Valley and Bergeres-les-Vertus for a little Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to craft their small range of crystalline pure champagnes.



Established since 1932 the Bonnaire estate is now run by the new generation of Jean-Etienne and Jean-Emmanuel who in recent years have taken over from their father Jean-Louis who has lead the estate for more than 50 vintages establishing them as one of the leading producers in the Côte des Blancs.

All champagnes at Bonnaire are fermented and raised in stainless steel with malolactic fermentation used to soften the austerity so often found in blanc de blanc champagnes. This results in a range showing wonderfully fine textures allied with richness and depth and exceptional purity.

  1. Bonnaire Prestige Blanc de Blanc NV
    Bonnaire Prestige Blanc de Blanc NV
    100% Chardonnay made from two of the very best parcels in Cramant from the oldest vines of the estate from the lieu-dits of “Le Bateau” and “Les Terres de Buisson”. Based on 2012 vintage for this release and aged for 5 years on lees and bottled in January 2018 with 6 gms/litre dosage. This is the essence of Cramant showing finesse and minerality with real depth and persistence. Very fine colour and mousse with chalky minerality and citrus notes and great length and palate presence. A stunning blanc de blancs with impeccable balance even at this early stage.
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $75.00 Regular Price $89.00

Brimoncourt

If Brimoncourt’s DNA, as they say, is all about fun, relaxed elegance and a sense of lightness, then I get it. We tasted through Régence Brut NV (a low 7g of residual sugar, with an extremely light and fresh body), the Blanc de Blanc NV (my favourite; clean minerality and tension with Chardonnay from the northern Côte de Blancs) and the Extra Brut NV (2g of residual sugar and gorgeous delicacy to the structure). JANE ANSON, Decanter

  1. Brimoncourt Blanc de Blanc NV
    Brimoncourt Blanc de Blanc NV

    Champagne house based in Ay with notably smart packaging. Very tight, steady, tiny bead. Light but taught nose. The back label promises this is peu dose (lightly dosed with sugar) but actually it tastes pretty ripe and full to me before tightening up like a lemon mousse on the finish. Ambitious. JANCIS ROBINSON MW

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $89.00 Regular Price $105.00
  1. Brimoncourt Extra Brut Grand Cru NV
    Brimoncourt Extra Brut Grand Cru NV
    The story of modern Champagne Brimoncourt starts with founder Alexandre Cornet, who rescued the name from oblivion and released his first wine in 2014. Prior to this rescue operation, the last time a Brimoncourt Champagne hit the shelves was in the 1950s. This luscious grand cru vineyard Champagne has an intense nose of citrus fruits which leads to a full, concentrated and creamy mouthfeel, bursting with refreshing, and balancing, acidity. VAHAN AGULIAN, Decanter (2016)
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $97.00 Regular Price $115.00

Bruno Paillard

When former Lanson BBC director and CIVC communications director Bruno Paillard set out to establish his own champagne brand in 1981, he sold is Jaguar to finance the operation. ‘it takes three generations to create a house’ he says. ‘But there are some advantages starting three centuries after everyone else?’ Three decades on, his finely crafted cuvees are evidence of what can be achieved with sufficient connections and determination. TYSON STELZER

  1. Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee NV
    Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee NV
    Pinot noir leads this accurate, well-crafted aperitif style of elegant finesse and persistence. A primary red cherry, wild strawberry and lemon fruit focus is underlined by taut acidity and expressive chalk mineral depth. Nuances of honey, anise and ginger are building as it gains maturity. It's clean and taut, a low dosage keeping the finish fresh and lively. TYSON STELZER
    NV
    chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir
    France
    376
    Special Price $93.00 Regular Price $110.00

Champagne Carbon

Created and founded by Alexandre Méa, this brand was conceived in 2011 with the first bottles release in 2013. Méa is the 5th heir to the Méa-Devavry family who has been wine-growing and producing champagne in Champillon since 1920.

Champagne Carbon is a pioneering Champagne house, operating at the intersection between tradition and modernity. All wines are aged a minimum five years on lees. They ferment in small oak barrels adding complexity and elegance to the incomparable style of their champagnes.

Striving to promote the excellence of French craftsmanship, each bottle from the Attraction series is handcrafted and goes through a 38 step process to create the carbon fibre exterior that stand as the signature of the house. The choice in name extends beyond the bottle and to the essence of life, from carbon DNA to the carbon dioxide that crafts the bubbles in the champagne.

  1. Carbon Brut NV
    Carbon Brut NV

    More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!

    NV
    Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir
    France
    376
    Special Price $365.00 Regular Price $430.00

Cedric Mousse

A grower since 1750, Champagne Moussé sits in the village of Cuisles, in a valley perpendicular to the Vallée de la Marne. This side valley has a unique soil in Champagne: a schist subsoil under clay. While Pinot Meunier often struggles to be taken seriously in Champagne, at Moussé, Pinot Meunier is celebrated. 80% of the vines planted are Meunier, with the balance planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This agency is the first member of Club Trésors de Champagne to make a Spécial Club wine of 100% Pinot Meunier and the first Club member to produce a Rosé de Saignée Spécial Club.

In the vineyards, Cedric Moussé adheres to a ‘lutte raisonée’ approach. He practices organic viticulture, using herbal infusions that act as ‘vitamins’ for the vines, cover crops, zero pesticides, and minimal doses of heavy metals like copper. His new winery, completed in 2012 may be deceiving; the modern facility leads us to believe this is a new operation. Solar panels power the cellar, tasting room, and 2 houses on the property, while geothermal energy moderates temperature throughout the winery. An underground spring provides enough water for irrigation on the farm. Moussé works almost exclusively in stainless steel, with the exception of a small amount of Pinot Meunier destined for his rosé. All cuvées undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines seem to gush with red and dark fruits characteristic of Pinot Meunier, and a structured, saline minerality – Peter Liem

  1. Cedric Mousse Effusion Rose NV
    Cedric Mousse Effusion Rose NV
    Ce?dric Mousse?'s Champagnes keep getting better and better. The wines have always been powerful, but in recent years I am seeing a greater sense of finesse, purity and focus than was once the case. This is an estate to watch. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous

    I was extremely impressed by these elegant, understatedly serious releases from Pinot Meunier specialist Moussé Fils. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate
    NV
    Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir
    France
    Special Price $93.00 Regular Price $110.00
  1. Cedric Mousse L'Or D'Eugene Perpetual Blanc de Noirs NV
    Cedric Mousse L'Or D'Eugene Perpetual Blanc de Noirs NV
    A blend of 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir drawn from a solera established in 2003, the latest rendition of Moussé's NV Brut Blanc de Noirs L'Or d'Eugène was disgorged in June 2019 with four grams per liter dosage. Wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of golden orchard fruit, honeycomb, mirabelle plum, candied peel and fresh pastry, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a rich and sapid core of fruit, lively acids and a delicate pinpoint mousse. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate
     

     The NV Brut Blanc de Noir L'Or d'Eugene Perpetuelle is 80% Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir based on 2018, plus reserve wines. Sweet, perfumed aromatics immediately convey a feeling of sensuality and exoticism. Mirabelle plum, rose petal, spice and mint are all beautifully lifted. Soft, silky and open knit, the L'Or d'Eugene is a fabulous choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. The fruit profile of the red grapes is front and centre. Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: February 7, 2020. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
    NV
    Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir
    France
    376
    Special Price $76.00 Regular Price $90.00

Charles Heidsieck

There are three champagne houses named Heidsieck, all from families once related, and Charles is the smallest and the best of them. With an annual production of just half a million bottles, Charles Heidsieck is made alongside the larger Piper-Hiedsieck. The two houses admirably uphold distinctly unique styles, thanks to their insightful and talented chef de cave, Regis Camus, who has focused the vision of both houses for 22 years. TYSON STELZER

  1. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV
    Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV
    The base wine is equal parts pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier from the'07 vintage, and 40% reserve wine is added prior to the wine being bottled for its second fermentation. The reserve wine has an average age of 10 years, so after three years on lees prior to disgorgement the Brut Reserve has an average age of just under six years. Aromas of brioche, almond and peach; the palate has great length and complexity, the youthful base wine's freshness contrasting with the velvety/creamy nuances of the Reserve. JAMES HALLIDAY
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $89.00 Regular Price $105.00
  1. Charles Heidsieck Brut Vintage 2012
    Charles Heidsieck Brut Vintage 2012
    Disgorged in 2019 with eight grams per liter dosage, the 2012 Brut Millésimé offers up aromas of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers and clear honey, complemented by hints of toasted bread, citrus zest and linden. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly fleshy and nicely concentrated, with lively acids and a pinpoint mousse, it's more generous and demonstrative than the 2008, but it will nonetheless reward a bit of bottle age. WILLIAM KELLEY, eRobertParker.com
    2005
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $161.00 Regular Price $190.00
  1. Charles Heidsieck Rose 2006
    Charles Heidsieck Rose 2006
    Heidsieck's 2006 Brut Rosé Vintage offers good immediacy and plenty of intensity, both of which make it quite appealing. Still a bit tight, the 2006 could use another year or more in bottle to soften. Although light in color, the 2006 packs a pretty serious punch. Hints of orange zest, chalk and white pepper add an attractive upper register on the finish. With time in the glass, the 2006 softens nicely, hinting at a bright future. Disgorged: October 28, 2014. ANTONIO GALLONI, www.vinous.com
    2006
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $148.00 Regular Price $175.00
  1. Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV
    Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV
    Light, bright orange. Intensely perfumed scents of raspberry, orange zest, white flowers and chalky minerals.  Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering vibrant red berry and blood orange flavors and a complicating hint of brioche.  The floral quality comes back strong on the very long, incisive finish, which features a subtle anise quality and smoky minerality. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $129.00 Regular Price $165.00

Chartogne-Taillet

Since taking over his family’s 12ha estate in 2006, Alexandre Chartogne has emerged as one of Champagne’s brightest rising stars.



The village of Merfy, northwest of Reims, is distinctive for its sand and clay soils, and while it has been renowned for its wines since the Middle Ages, it’s been largely ignored of late. Chartogne is the sole contemporary champion of this forgotten terroir, and his viticulture aims to express these soils with clarity and precision. He uses organic treatments, promotes biodiversity through cover crops, and encourages deep-root systems through regular ploughing, often by horse rather than by tractor. In the cellar, each parcel is vinified separately with indigenous yeasts, in either oak barrels, stainless-steel tanks or concrete eggs, depending on the individual wine. Chartogne-Taillet’s non-vintage brut, called Sainte-Anne, serves as a fine introduction to both the estate and the village, while his series of single-vineyard Champagnes from sites such as Les Barres, Orizeaux and Heurtebise explore Merfy’s terroirs in greater detail.

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  1. Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Saint-Anne NV
    Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Saint-Anne NV
    The NV Brut Sainte Anne is a gorgeous wine, as it so often is. Pliant and inviting, with superb textural richness, the Sainte Anne shows Alexandre Chartogne's style off to great effect. Dried pear, chamomile, mint mad dried flowers are some of the many notes that run through this super-expressive Champagne. This release is a 50/50 blend of 2015 and reserve wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, also in equal measure. Disgorged: December 2017. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous Media
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $78.00 Regular Price $92.00
  1. Chartogne-Taillet Rose NV
    Chartogne-Taillet Rose NV
    The NV Brut Le Rosé is another attractive Champagne from Alexandre Chartogne. Creamy and supple, the Rosé offers good up-front appeal, if not quite the persistence or energy of the very best wines in the range. I would prefer to drink it over the next few years. Dosage is 6.7 grams per liter. Disgorged: April 2018. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous Media
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $106.00 Regular Price $125.00

Collet

Approaching its 100th anniversary in 2021, the cooperative has entered a new era and dares to break the silence about its history and expertise and advocate the excellence of its iconic brand, Champagne Collet. It undertakes a comprehensive plan for development of its assets by opening La Cité du Champagne Collet-COGEVI; a historical and cultural complex which comprises La Maison COGEVI, La Villa Collet dedicated to art deco and artistry, a trajectory through its production site, La Vinotheque with a collection of 30,000 bottles in the hand dug cellars dating to 1882. The site will be completed in 2015 by a Museum dedicated to the elaboration and trade of champagne as well as a reception hall. CHAMPAGNE COLLET

Dom Perignon

Four new releases of the flagship Dom Perignon are the
highlights among these Champagnes from Moet & Chandon. There is a timeless
elegance about Dom Perignon that I find comforting and reassuring, like a
favorite restaurant or food. For that reason, nothing could have prepared me for
the Champagnes I tasted recently with Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy. While the
2002 Dom Perignon and 1996 Dom Perignon OEenotheque are both for the most part
representative of what readers have come to expect from this house, the 2000 Dom
Perignon Rose and 1990 Dom Perignon Rose OEenotheque are wines that push the
envelope and push it hard. I can’t think of another winemaker at a Grande Marque
who is willing to take these kinds of risks by turning well-established
conventions on their head. Much of what I tasted reminded me of the
experimental, searching spirit that defines so many of the smaller-production,
artisan Champagnes being made today. As the saying goes ‘no guts no glory’ and
there is plenty of both here. These wines are nothing short of magnificent.

ANTONIO GALLONI, Wine Advocate 2010

  1. Dom Perignon 2010
    Dom Perignon 2010
    A firm and vivid Champagne with a precise, focused palate. Full-bodied and dry. It’s very layered and bright with light pineapple, peach, praline, cooked-apple and stone aromas and flavors. It’s very subtle and focused at the end. Integrated with richness and high acidity. Good depth. Reminds me of the 1995. Very clean. Solid. Lovely to drink already, but will age nicely. (98) JAMES SUCKLING

    The 2010 Dom Pérignon is already expressive, wafting from the glass with aromas of crisp green apple, peach, iodine, freshly baked bread, orange oil and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and charming, it's soft and round, with ripe acids, a moderately concentrated core of fruit and a pearly mousse, concluding with a saline finish. Open-knit and pretty, this is a giving Dom Pérignon that readers might think of as reminiscent of a less reductive version of the 2000 vintage. WILLIAM KELLEY, eRobertParker.com
    2010
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $279.00 Regular Price $335.00

Frederick Savart

Readers looking for an up and coming grower in Champagne with serious potential need to put Savart on their radar screens. Ambitious and passionate, Fred Savart clearly loves being in the vineyard above all else. He also has a deep interest for the world’s great wines. These current releases, especially at the NV level, are informed by 2011 and 2010, both challenging years in Champagne, but the top vintage wines give a clearer sense of the potential here. Savart has only been making wine for a few years, so he is still finding his style, something that is quite normal at this stage. Today’s wines are made with less batonnage than the past and give greater emphasis to minerality. If the 2013 vins clairs I tasted from barrel are representative of the overall level of quality, it won’t be too long before Savart stakes out a place among Champagne’s top growers. ANTONIO GALLONI

  1. Frederick Savart L’ Ouverture NV
    Frederick Savart L’ Ouverture NV

    The NV L'Ouverture Premier Cru Brut offers very clear and lovely aromatics of Pinot fruit on the nose. Coming from younger vines on sandy soils gives this wine elegance and finesse. This is a delicately fruity Champagne with a firm structure and great transparency. It is light, but serious. STEPHAN REINHARDT, erobertparker.com

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $152.00 Regular Price $185.00

Dosnon

The small cellar run by the young Davy Dosnon and Simon-Charles Lepage in Avirey-Lingey in the south-west reaches of the Cote des bar is on the rise. A small annual production of just 50.000 bottles reflects an every-more comfortable disposition of integration of low dosage and old oak. There is refinement, skill and craftsmanship on display in every cuvee, and the best represent great value for money. TYSON STELZER

Gosset

Established in 1584, centuries before the bubble was ever put into champagne, Gosset rightfully claims to be the oldest wine house in the region. Far from a staid, traditional establishment, Gosset is on the move, having relocated its production to the impressive Epernay cuverie and cellars of Chateau Malakoff, purchased from Laurent Perrier just in time for vintage 2009. In the midst of change, the house maintains an unwavering consistency, thanks largely to one man, Jean-Pierre Mareigner, its talented Chef de Cave of 30 years. Under his direction, the house style of no malolactic fermentation, clean-cut structure and enduring longevity remains as fine as ever. TYSON STELZER

  1. Gosset Grande Reserve Brut NV
    Gosset Grande Reserve Brut NV

    (43% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier; 8 g/l dosage; L318 9123): Pale gold. Expansive, mineral-driven citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by anise, honey and buttered toast, along with a hint of peach pit. Packs a solid punch but comes off lithe and precise, with mineral-laced blood orange and quince flavors and a deeper suggestion of fresh fig. Closes on a spicy note, with repeating minerality and very good persistence. JOSH REYNOLDS

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $89.00 Regular Price $105.00
  1. Gosset Grande Rose Brut NV
    Gosset Grande Rose Brut NV

    (58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir; 3.5 g/l dosage; L329 9160): Light, orange-tinged pink. Lively spice- and mineral-accented red berry and citrus fruits on the nose, with a hint of cherry pit adding depth. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering tangy, refreshingly bitter-edged blood orange and strawberry flavors. Clean, focused and stony on the dry, penetrating, persistent finish, which leaves a suave honeysuckle note behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $110.00 Regular Price $130.00

Hure Freres

Since 2008, François Huré has been at the head of the estate after pursuing many other opportunities and inspiring wine regions as a young man. His prior stints include: falling in love with the terroir of Burgundy while obtaining his enology degree in Dijon, becoming fascinated with biodynamics while working with Jean Pïerre Fleury, and exploring the vineyards of Australia and New Zealand. These experiences allowed François to understand the inherent advantages of both New and Old World wine regions: the traditional farming and respect for terroir of the former and the acute attention to detail of the latter. Both serve him to create the terroir-driven and focused cuvées that mark the Huré Frères style today.

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Jacquesson

FRANCE – CHAMPAGNE



Jacquesson has an impressive history. It was founded in 1798 in Châlons by Memmie Jacquesson, son of a wine trader. The house rapidly rose to fame, aided by the fact that Napoleon was a fan. However, everything that we today value about Jacquesson began in 1974 when Côte des Blancs winegrower Jean Chiquet acquired the brand and vineyards and moved the domicile of the house to Dizy. His sons Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet are the present custodians of the Jacquesson trading house, which manages to cover almost 90% of its grape requirement from its own vineyards. These are located in the Grands Crus Aÿ, Avize and Oiry, and in the Premiers Crus Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Additional grapes are only bought from growers who follow exactly the same methods as the Chiquets. The fruit is pressed by Jacquesson itself in its four presses, three of which are located in Dizy and one in Avize.  PATRICK WALSH

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Jean-Marc Seleque

FRANCE – CHAMPAGNE



CellarHand had long been on a fruitless hunt for another top-flight grower Champagne to complement the outstanding Jacquesson wines in our portfolio. What a blessing, then, to chance upon the superb wares of Jean-Marc & Oriane Sélèque during a trip to the region in late 2017. Jean-Marc Sélèque’s grandfather Henri planted his first vines in Pierry in 1965, a tradition taken up when father Richard began bottling his grower Champagne in the ‘70s. Jean-Marc himself took over duties in 2008 and began transforming this into the very model of a top-flight grower it is today. The estate has been renamed and the range redefined, while the completion of the new cellar in 2015 is a further statement of intent. Pierry itself is a premier cru village just outside Épernay, known (and increasingly so, with Jean-Marc as flag-bearer) as prime terroir for distinguished Meunier. A further six villages within a tiny radius account for the rest of the fruit. These are: Moussy and Épernay (situated, like Pierry, on the Coteaux Sud d’Épernay); Dizy, Mardeuil and Boursault in the Vallée de la Marne; and Vertus in the Côte des Blancs. PATRICK WALSH

  1. Jean-Marc Seleque Le Quintette NV
    Jean-Marc Seleque Le Quintette NV
    The NV Extra Brut Le Quintette Chardonnay 5 Terroirs is a blend taken from sites in Vertus, Epernay, Pierry, Dizy and Mardeuil, all 2016, with 20% reserve wines. Readers will find a Champagne that balances energy and richness in Chardonnay so well. Lemon oil, white flowers, smoke and strong mineral accents build over time, leading to a finely knit, resonant finish that is incredibly beautiful. Dosage is 2 grams per liter. Disgorged: October, 2019. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous 2020

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $114.00 Regular Price $135.00
  1. Jean-Marc Seleque Solessence Brut Rose NV
    Jean-Marc Seleque Solessence Brut Rose NV
    45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir. Based on 2013 vintage, with 30% reserve wine aged in barrels. The pink comes partly from 15% Pinot Noir saignée and partly from the traditional methold of blending-in still Pinot Noir; this still wine is sourced from Pierry and aged in barrel. Not fined and lightly filtered; aged on the lees for 18-30 months. Disgorged in June 2015 with dosage of 6g/L. 
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $97.00 Regular Price $115.00
  1. Jean-Marc Seleque Solessence Extra Brut NV
    Jean-Marc Seleque Solessence Extra Brut NV
    The NV Extra Brut Solessence 7 Villages is bright, focused and full of energy, not to mention a terrific introduction to these Champagnes and Jean-Marc Sélèque's style. The low dosage of 3 grams per liter gives the Solessence real energy and briskness throughout. Bright Chardonnay top notes meld together with the textural richness of the Pinots in a wonderfully complete, expressive Champagne. Hints of dried flowers, sage, mint, red plum and citrus peel add the closing shades of nuance. Disgorged: January, 2019. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous 2019

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $83.00 Regular Price $98.00

Krug

The Krug style cannot be summed up in a single sentence as
each cuvee has its own unique personality. Suffice it to say that quality
regardless of popular taste is paramount. Krug is Krug is Krug. All Krug’s base
wines are vinified in 205 litre barriques made from weathered Argonne oak, which
is relatively neutral (tasted with other Champagnes, Krug’s oakiness is
distinctive, but rarely discernible when drunk on its own). Typically, the wine
has a beautiful pale-golden colour, a soft yet invigorating mousse of slow
rising, ultra-fine bubbles, elegant aromas of toast, roasted nuts, and dried
fruits. The palate is profoundly rich, the fruit ripe yet beautifully dry and
mellow, with great finesse and complexity.

TOM STEVENSON

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Lacourte Godbillon

Husband and wife team Richard Désvignes and Géraldine Lacourte represent part of Champagne’s great future; not complacent on selling on the name of the region alone, this upcoming house is earning repute via a commitment to quality and eye-catching flair via contemporary and striking packaging. The duo took over from Géraldine’s father in 2006, with the family name already well established in Champagne circles.



Based in the premier cru village of Ecueil, the estate is well into the rigorous process of organic certification. Only 2% of Champagne’s vineyard is managed organically, the marginal climate rendering this a serious commitment of labour. Thankfully most of Lacourte’s 8 ha of vines are within sight of the winery, a major quality advantage given the swift response required to weather events with organic methodology. Additionally, a light tractor with tank-tracks is used to minimize soil compaction.



Yields are far lower than the regional norm, and the wines spend longer on second lees than most domaines’ wines. Raising vinous, nervy and complex wines with all stages of growing and production handled by the estate, Lacourte-Godbillon is an exciting addition for us as our first Champagne offering. LACOURTE GODBILLON

  1. Lacourte Godbillon Terroirs d’Ecueil Brut NV
    Lacourte Godbillon Terroirs d’Ecueil Brut NV
    The NV Premier Cru Extra Brut Mi-Pentes is a selection of parcels that are located on the mid-slopes around the village of Écueil. It's pure Pinot Noir that is mostly (70%) from the 2014 vintage, complemented by 30% from the 2013 vintage, and 20% of the cuvée was fermented in oak. The wine offers a pure and fruity yet still lean and rather reductive bouquet. On the palate, this is a very fresh, pure, mineral and tensioned Pinot Noir with good grip and lingering salinity and structure. Still very young, this should benefit from further bottle aging. Disgorged in July 2017 with three grams of dosage. Tight and fresh, it still needs some time. Tasted in April 2018. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $89.00 Regular Price $105.00
  1. Lacourte-Godbillon Brut Rosé NV
    Lacourte-Godbillon Brut Rosé NV
    Hints of red apple, mint and mandarin orange introduce Lacourte Godbillon's NV Brut Premier Cru Rosé, a medium to full-bodied, elegantly fine-boned wine with a bright spine of acidity and a delicate core of fruit that's set off by a youthfully frothy mousse. It's based on the 2014 vintage, supplemented by 20% reserve wines, and was disgorged in March 2019 with six grams per liter dosage. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $106.00 Regular Price $125.00
  1. Lacourte-Godbillon Mi Pentes Blanc de Noir NV
    Lacourte-Godbillon Mi Pentes Blanc de Noir NV
    The NV Premier Cru Extra Brut Mi-Pentes is a selection of parcels that are located on the mid-slopes around the village of Écueil. It's pure Pinot Noir that is mostly (70%) from the 2014 vintage, complemented by 30% from the 2013 vintage, and 20% of the cuvée was fermented in oak. The wine offers a pure and fruity yet still lean and rather reductive bouquet. On the palate, this is a very fresh, pure, mineral and tensioned Pinot Noir with good grip and lingering salinity and structure. Still very young, this should benefit from further bottle aging. Disgorged in July 2017 with three grams of dosage. Tight and fresh, it still needs some time. Tasted in April 2018. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $119.00 Regular Price $140.00

Laherte Freres

These Champagnes reinforce my strongly held view that Aurélien Laherte is one of the most talented vignerons of his generation in Champagne. The range this year is truly stellar. Some of the highlights include the Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs (2015 this year), a wine I often buy for my own cellar, the 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Grandes Crayères, which is new, and the (2014) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Les Baudiers. Readers who have not tasted these Champagnes owe it to themselves do so. Aurélien Laherte is young, passionate and humble. It is only a matter of time before he is recognized as one of Champagne’s elite vignerons. As for the wines, they are spectacular. ANTONIO GALLONI, NOVEMBER 2018

  1. Laherte Freres Rose de Meunier Brut NV
    Laherte Freres Rose de Meunier Brut NV
    Aurelien finds his blended rose his most challenging wine to make, with the tannins of red wine clashing with the citrus of chardonnay, hence the blend is predominately black grapes, including some from his wife's family in Bouzy. In future it will include a portion macerated on skins. For now, it's pretty medium salmon-pink hue, with soft, gentle fruit profile and creamy bead. A savoury mouthfeel if dry extract grip leaves the finish firm and bitter. TYSON STELZER
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $93.00 Regular Price $110.00
  1. Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut NV
    Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut NV

    Cleverly named Ultradition, 'because our work in the vines and the winery now is not traditional' Aurelian explains. 'We are trying to do something different'. This is certainly a characterful expression of an entry cuvee, with plenty of complexity of apple, fig, lemon butter and the mixed spice, anise and ginger of barrel maturation. Sone dry extract on the finish is heightened by toasty barrels and low dosage, conspiring to create dry, textural grip, typical of this cuvee. Malic acidity keeps things tense and tight. TYSON STELZER

    60% Meunier; 30% Chardonnay; 10% Pinot –is exuberantly dominated by juicy and vivacious lime, peach, grapefruit, and Persian as well as honeydew melons, their succulent fruit mingled on a polished palate with nut oils and shitake, as well as suffused with a saliva-drawing sweet-saline, iodine-rich savor of crab and lobster shell reduction that makes for a compelling finish. Yes, this is certainly a capital “U” umami-rich wine! I’m astounded to realize – given its sense of energy and vivacity – that it is based on vintage 2009. Whatever be “ultradition,” it’s an approach I can only heartily commend to other growers! (Of course, you might not be able to make anything like this if you lack that “secret ingredient,” good Meunier; and scrolling down to my review of Lahertes’ “Les 7” might raise suspicions of a connection between their greatest successes – as I perceive them –and the prominence of unjustly neglected cepages!) DAVID SCHILDKNECT, erobertparker

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $79.00 Regular Price $97.00

Larmandier Bernier

Biodynamic farming, meticulous attention in the vineyard, an increasing amount of large format oak and low levels of dosage are some of the choices that inform these rich, vinous Champagnes. The Larmandiers draw on a number of top sites in their home village of Vertus, along with parcels in Cramant, Oger and Avize. Among the pioneers in the early days of the grower Champagne movement, Larmandier-Bernier is sometimes overlooked in favor of some of the newer kids on the block, but, as these notes show, the wines are every bit as compelling as they have always been. Sustainable farming practices, indigenous fermentations and aging in cask are some of the cornerstones of an approach that yields distinctly potent, textured wines full of character. Pierre and Sophie Larmandier craft dramatic, vinous wines of real personality and class. ANTONIO GALLONI 

  1. Larmandier Bernier Latitude Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
    Larmandier Bernier Latitude Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
    The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude 1er Cru is a gorgeous wine, and a terrific introduction to the Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes. Bright and floral at the outset, the Latitude also possesses terrific depth and tons of resonance that carries through to the finish. In this tasting, the Latitude is just stellar. All the elements fall into place effortlessly in a Champagne that captures the essence of Chardonnay in this southern part of Vertus, where the wines tend to be ample in feel. ANTONIO GALLONI
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $89.00 Regular Price $105.00

Louis Roederer

Louis Roederer has a tremendous reputation for quality. The Brut Premier is always a good buy for a rich, creamy, biscuity, non-vintage, as is the straight vintage, and Cristal (both brut and the even more rare rosé) are, of course, sublime.  TOM STEVENSON



Roederer is among the houses that are releasing their 2009 <em>tête de cuvées</em> ahead of the 2008s. After having tasted the wines, that seems like a wise choice, as the 2009s are quite giving, while the 2008s are likely to require quite a bit of cellaring. These are four stellar wines. Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon and his team are doing brilliant work as they combine an artisan spirit of viticulture (especially with regards to biodynamic farming) and winemaking with the world of high-end, luxury cuvées. Champagne is full of talented winemakers, but Lécaillon is the only Chef de Caves I know of whose intellect and curiosity extends to the broader universe of wine rather than being limited to Champagne alone. That more worldly view comes through in brilliant Champagnes that are often at the top of the pack, as they are again in both 2009 and 2008. Simply put, Roederer’s 2009s and 2008s are must-haves for serious Champagne drinkers. ANTONIO GALLONI


 

  1. Louis Roederer Blanc de Blanc 2014
    Louis Roederer Blanc de Blanc 2014
    Disgorged with just over seven grams per liter dosage, Roederer's 2014 Brut Blanc de Blancs is showing brilliantly, wafting from the glass with aromas of citrus oil, orchard fruit, freshly baked bread and white flowers, framed by subtly reductive top notes. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's pillowy and enveloping, with lively acids and a pearly, lower-pressure mousse, concluding with a long, chalky finish. Derived entirely from Avize, it's one of the great sleeper cuvées in contemporary Champagne. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021

    2013
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $136.00 Regular Price $160.00
  1. Louis Roederer Brut Nature Champagne 2012
    Louis Roederer Brut Nature Champagne 2012
    The 2012 Brut Nature is showing beautifully, bursting from the glass with an expressive bouquet of lemon oil, crisp green apple, wheat toast, hazelnuts and wet stones. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with its generous core of concentrated and delicately sun-kissed fruit girdled by brisk acids and undeniable mineral grip and complemented by a delicate pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a saline finish, this lovely wine is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, reflecting its origins in Cumières. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $148.00 Regular Price $175.00
  1. Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2014
    Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2014
    Roederer's 2014 Brut Vintage is beautiful, offering up aromas of pear, mirabelle plum, red berries, warm biscuits and smoke. Full-bodied, layered and elegantly muscular, it's seamless and complete, with terrific mid-palate depth and amplitude. Framed by bright acids and enlivened by a pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a penetrating finish. The blend is 70% Pinot Noir, emphasizing Verzy, and pressure is a touch higher than in its more ethereal Blanc de Blancs counterpart. As I wrote of its 2013 predecessor, this is a wine that puts many prestige cuvées to shame.WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021
    2014
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $102.00 Regular Price $120.00
  1. Louis Roederer Collection 242
    Louis Roederer Collection 242
    Iteration 242 is based on the 2017 vintage (56%), supplemented by 34% reserve wines from the perpetual reserve established in 2012 and 10% foudre-aged reserve wines.
    This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it's concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Brut Premier was already a very persuasive wine, but the new Brut Collection nevertheless represents a step up. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $76.00 Regular Price $90.00
  1. Louis Roederer Cristal 2013
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2013
    I've revisited Roederer's 2013 Cristal four times since I reviewed it in April of this year—including several times from my own cellar—and I had to admit that even my lavish praise didn't do it full justice. Combining the cool-vintage cut of 2008 with the more completely mature fruit of 2012, the 2013 Cristal might well be said to represent the perfect combination of the two from a purist's perspective. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, almond paste and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional palate that's intense but weightless, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. Drink the 2008 Cristal on its own, and you're unlikely—to put it mildly—to have any complaints; but compare it directly with the 2013 and you'll see Roederer's rapid progress in the vineyards writ large.WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $379.00 Regular Price $465.00
  1. Louis Roederer Rose Vintage 2015
    Louis Roederer Rose Vintage 2015
    The 2015 Brut Vintage Rosé is generous and demonstrative, bursting with aromas of peach, orange and pear mingled with hints of red berries, fresh bread and ginger. Full-bodied, layered and vinous, it's rich and enveloping, its textural attack segueing into an ample, fleshy core that's girdled by bright acids and enlivened by a pillowy mousse. Long and expansive, it's more generous and gourmand than its racier 2014 predecessor, but just as good. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021
    2015
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $110.00 Regular Price $130.00

A. Margaine

Villers-Marmery is an anomaly in the Montagne de Reims, an island of Chardonnay in a sea of Pinot Noir creating near Blanc de Blancs and giving the most simply delicious Champagnes in this portfolio. These can be some of the most hauntingly beautiful and original Champagnes you can drink. The clone of Chardonnay used by Margaine in Villers-Marmery is specific to this area and cannot be found in other parts of Champagne.

The majority of Margaine’s holdings are in the village of Villers-Marmery, a 95% village for Chardonnay, and the parcels here are old averaging about 32 years. Margaine also has a small parcel of Pinot Noir in the village of Verzy. ANDREW JEFFORD, The New France

Moet & Chandon

The Brut Imperial vintage is a model of its style, ageing with
grace and articulacy; the vintage Dom Perignon is very powdery and pure, though
it is often released before it has reached expressive plenitude. In contrast it
is often the teasing and pretentious hints given as to Dom Perignon’s vineyard
origins.


Despite Moet achieving enormous success with their simple NV
Champagne, the step-up in quality for all of their vintage wines is gigantic.

RICHARD JUHLIN -4000 CHAMPAGNES 

  1. Moet & Chandon Brut Rose NV
    Moet & Chandon Brut Rose NV

    (roughly 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, with 9 g/l dosage; LAH9V): Dark, vivid pink. Ripe red berries, rose oil and tangerine on the nose, plus a subtle note of toasty lees. Bitter cherry and berry skin flavors give way to softer raspberry in the middle, with a tangy blood orange nuance adding cut and lift. Packs a punch but shows very good clarity and delineation, finishing round, smooth and quite long. JOSH REYNOLDS, 2015

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $79.00 Regular Price $95.00

Olivier Horiot

Olivier Horiot’s estate of 7 hectares is located in Les Riceys in the Côte des Bar, the southern region of Champagne. The soil in this region is similar to that in Chablis, clay and limestone, rather than chalk. Olivier vinifies his still wines, including the famous Rose des Riceys, and his Champagnes from approximately 2 hectares. The remainder of the grapes are sold to the cooperative and négociants. Olivier works biodynamically – he uses native yeasts and very little sulphur.

Paul Bara

Located in Bouzy just to the east of Epernay in the Marne Valley, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand cru rated vineyards to craft it’s small range of champagnes.



Their superbly sited vineyard sites have over the years been sought after by many of the top Champagne houses, and while many other producers have been busily expanding, Paul Bara have remained producing the highest quality possible from these same 11 hectares for seven generations. Now managed by Chantal Bara, the beliefs and methods remain true to previous generations, producing very low yields of the best possible grapes from these superb vineyard sites. The great art in the champagnes of Paul Bara remains the same as it always has, it is the stunning purity and depth of 100% Grand cru Bouzy fruit maintained with finesse and balance that is achieved by using such a high percentage of Pinot Noir in the blend.

Pierre Gimonnet

Didier Gimonnet is known for intensely bracing, invigorating Champagnes built on piercing acidity and salivating minerality, qualities that are enhanced through fermentation and aging exclusively in steel… when the wines are well-balanced, they are terrific. Readers will find a number of wines in this set of new releases that are gorgeous. One thing to note is that the reserve wines in the entry-level 1er Cru Cuis bottling are the NV blend of that year, which means those reserve wines are themselves blends of multiple vintages. Interestingly, the reserve wines are stored in magnum, which is a labor-intensive process, to say the least. ANTONIO GALLONI

  1. Pierre Gimmonet NV Brut 1er Cuvee Cuis Blanc de Blancs NV
    Pierre Gimmonet NV Brut 1er Cuvee Cuis Blanc de Blancs NV

    The NV Brut 1er Cru Cuis (Magnum) is striking, largely because this release is based on 2009, which softens some of the edges of Cuis and results in a wine of notable texture and volume. With time in the glass, the 1er Cru really shines. The flavors are bright and citrus-inflected, with plenty of mineral undercurrents, in the classic Gimonnet style, yet the 2009 base adds just enough intensity to balance things out. At times, the Gimonnet Champagnes can be a bit austere, but the 1er Cru really shines. ANTONIO GALLONI

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $72.00 Regular Price $85.00
  1. Pierre Gimmonet NV Cuvee Rose de Blancs NV
    Pierre Gimmonet NV Cuvee Rose de Blancs NV

    Light orange-pink. Complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of pink grapefruit, orange zest and strawberry, with a sexy floral note building in the glass. Mineral-driven red berry and blood orange flavors show excellent clarity and are underscored by a spicy nuance. Finishes tight, dry and long, with repeating minerality. JOSH RAYNOLDS

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $93.00 Regular Price $110.00
  1. Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Cramant Grand Cru 2014
    Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Cramant Grand Cru 2014
    The 2014 Brut Spécial Club is a blend of fruit taken mostly from Cramant, with Chouilly and Cuis in supporting roles. The breadth and power of Cramant comes through loud and clear. Readers will find a potent, at times austere, Champagne that needs a bit of time in the cellar to soften. The Special Club does not offer the immediacy of the Chouilly or Cramant Special Clubs, but it has plenty of its own allure. Dried pear, spice, crushed flowers and chamomile are some of the aromas and flavors that linger on the imposing finish. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: December 13, 2019. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous 2020
    2014
    chardonnay
    France
    376
    Special Price $199.00 Regular Price $235.00

Pierre Peters

The Pierre Péters Champagnes stand out for their crystalline precision, energy and nuance, which makes the, reference-points for what Chardonnay is all about in the Côtes des Blancs and Mesnil in particular for the Chétillons. When I want to drink brilliant, pure Blanc des Blancs, I often reach for the wines of this small, family-owned estate. ANTONIO GALLONI

Very few champagnes more eloquently articulate their terroirs than those of Pierre Peters. On my first encounter with the young Rodolphe Peters, three hours of exploring the fruits of three decades left me mesmerised by the remarkable capacity of the chardonnay vine to extract the salty minerality of the Cotes de Blancs’ finest grand crus and preserve it in its wines for time eternal. I left with the realisation of another dimension to champagne, one in which minerality assumes a personality all of its own. TYSON STELZER   

 
Rudolph Peters is the fourth generation to lead the estate which was founded in 1919 in its hometown of Les Mesnil-sur-Oger. Today the estate consist of 17 hectares of vineyards with small holdings in several of the grand crus of Oger, Avize and Cramant but with the majority in Les Mesnil.

Rudolphe’s skills and approach to winemaking is detailed and exhaustive and it has secured the estate cult status around the world. The subtle, sleek and elegant wines are marked by their fine acidity and prominent minerality, yet never come off as austere or thin, they are vibrant, alive, and perfectly poised.

The grapes are all hand-picked and gently pressed over about 4 hours and as soon after picking as is possible, usually less than 6 hours – he considers this vital to the quality of his wines. Each batch is then individually identified by soil type and fractions, then fermented in small steel tank where they can be individually temperature controlled.

He picks more than he needs so he is able to be selective before pressing and tends to find he requires very little additions for settling or S02 due to the quality of the juice. Time on gross lees is another important factor that Rudolphe is a large proponent of and believes adds another layer of complexity to the final blend.

The non-vintage bottlings always incorporate a significant proportion of reserve wines which are uniquely aged and assembled over decades by saving back a portion of each year’s blend and adding it to a solera system.

Since 1997, the reserve wines contain portions of 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1996 along with all vintages since, excluding ‘99 and ’03 which were either too fat or too heavy. Usually it is close to a 50/50 blend of reserve and the current years base vintage with dosage tending towards the low side, hovering around 6 g/l.

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  1. Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV Magnum
    Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV Magnum

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS WINES IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AS PART OF THE CHRISTMAS MAGNUM PACKS

    Rodolphe Péters took over the reins of this venerable estate in the southern Côte des Blancs in 2008, becoming the fourth generation to lead since the estate was founded in 1919. Today, the estate is over 18 hectares of vineyards, with a majority of the vineyards in the grand cru of Les Mesnil-sur-Oger.

    Rodolphe's wines have cult status around the world and his skills as chef de cave have few equals. The subtle, sleek and elegant wines are marked by their fine acidity and prominent minerality, yet never come off as austere or thin, they are vibrant, alive, and perfectly balanced. PWS

    A precise, crystalline wine, the NV Brut Cuvée de Réserve is the perfect wine with which to explore the Péters Champagnes. Lemon peel white, flowers and slate are super-expressive throughout in a Champagne that impresses with its finely-sculpted personality and energy. The Cuvée de Réserve is quite powerful, but never heavy. Slightly tropical overtones add the final shades of nuance. The Cuvée de Réserve draws on fruit sources outside Mesnil. It remains one of the best values in artisan Champagne. ANTONIO GALLONI

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $191.00 Regular Price $225.00

Pol Roger


The family-owned house has, in part thanks to the enthusiastic endorsement of Winston Churchill, for long been regarded with great generosity and indulgence on the British market; in size terms, it is just a little larger than Bollinger, but much smaller than regional giants such as Moet, Laurent-Perrier, or Lanson. Stylistically, its range is much lighter and more delicate than Bollinger, for example… [the Blanc de Blancs] is all it should be, full of early-flowering grace and vanilla charm, while the vintage wine has a fine track record for slow, steady ageing. The ‘prestige’ cuvée, named after the company’s most famous customers, was only launched in the mid 1980s and requires age before it begins to show the surging intensity and grandeur of dimension of some of its rivals. ANDREW JEFFORD, The New France



POL ROGER (9/10)

Stepping into Pol Roger’s production facility in Epernay is like entering a different world. ‘We call this the kitchen, ‘ introduced Laurent d’Harcourt, recently promoted Managing Director of the company. This was not like any kitchen I’d ever seen. Immaculately polished stainless steel tanks perfectly reflected shiny white tiles and snow-white surfaces. It was if we were entering a brain surgery until or a NASA assembly room, and I had an uneasy feeling that I might be asked to don a body suit, lest I contaminate this precision machine with a single molecule of foreign material. I have been buying Pol Roger for decades, but it was not until that moment that everything about this celestial estate suddenly snapped into perfect focus. The champagnes that emerge from this extraterrestrial building are as desperately precise, intricately delicate and flawlessly pristine as its polished interior, revealing the manifesto that defines all that lies within.



A blend of three champagne varieties in roughly equal proportions; 20% reserve wines; 150 parcels from 30 crus; 36-48 months on lees in bottle; 9-10 g/L dosage; bottle code indicates packaging date, with the first digit of denoting the year, and next three digits the day of that year. TYSON STELZER

  1. Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2013
    Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2013
    The 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs is another attractive Champagne in this trio of 2012s from Pol Roger. Ample and creamy, the 2012 is super-expressive today, with plenty of apricot, brioche, baked apple tart and toasty character. An initial burst of exuberance gives way to greater refinement over time. This is very nicely done. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous 2020

    2013
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $151.00 Regular Price $185.00
  1. Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV
    Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV
    Pol Roger's infamous 'White Foil' is an attractive and refreshing aperitif style, as clean, crisp and well constructed as ever.  A sneak preview of the pristine 2008 base on the eve of its release is elegantly refreshing, harmonising lemon, white peach and nectarine purity of fruit and restraint.  Hints of apple and nougat glide over an elegant structure of soft, mineral presence.  The 2007 base has taken on a nutty, creamy persona, accented by subtle spice, showing a little more richness as it approaches the end of its run, yet retaining all of its fresh citrus energy.  While disgorgement dates are not marked on bottles, the packaging date on the carton is about three months after disgorgement.
    TYSON STELZER, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015

    Full-flavored yet crisp and delicate. Nicely doughy on the nose with distinctive mature toasty and nutty flavors. Harmonious brut with lovely balance and a great lingering finish.
    WINE SPECTATOR
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $72.00 Regular Price $90.00
  1. Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2013
    Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2013
    Pol Roger's just-released 2013 Brut Vintage is a beautifully chiseled, incisive wine that will appeal immensely to purists. Unwinding in the glass with scents of citrus zest, white flowers, crushed chalk and hints of fresh sourdoughs, it's medium to full-bodied, racy and precise, with a nicely concentrated and tightly wound core, tangy acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse. After the rich, muscular 2012 vintage, the 2013 represents quite a contrast; I'm not sure we'll see its stylistic like again for some time, so readers with classically inclined palates will want to stock up—advice I'll be following myself. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2020
    2013
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $127.00 Regular Price $150.00
  1. Pol Roger Vintage 2012 1500ml
    Pol Roger Vintage 2012 1500ml
    Disgorged in October 2018, the 2012 Brut Vintage offers up aromas of smoky peach, apples, pastry cream, white flowers and mandarin. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and powerful, with more volume and amplitude than its blanc de blancs counterpart, revealing racy balancing acids, an already refined mousse and the impressive concentration that typifies this low-yielding vintage. It's a classic blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay that saw seven grams per liter dosage. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate
    2012
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $357.00 Regular Price $420.00

Remy Leroy

An oenologist and agronomist, Remi Leroy was trained in Bordeaux. Along with his father they manage their family vineyards of 8 hectares in Meurville, Côte des Bar. The terroir is exceptional, composed of clay-limestone from the Jurassic period. Their flagship grape is Pinot Noir (72% of their vineyards) which is the star grape in the region, the rest being 20% Chardonnay and 8% Pinot Meunier. Remi and his father and working on replanting Chardonnay to give more diversity to their winemaking. Their wines are simply superb and speak for themselves.

  1. Remy Leroy Extra Brut  NV
    Remy Leroy Extra Brut NV

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    NV
    Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir
    France
    376
    Special Price $75.00 Regular Price $89.00

Ruinart

The oldest sparkling Champagne house, established in 1729 by
Nicolas Ruinart, nephew of Dom Thierry Ruinart, who was friend and confidant of
Dom Perignon. A Chardonnay-influenced house, Ruinart is best known for Dom
Ruinart, but its basic ‘R’ de Ruinart cuvées are all too often overlooked, yet
represents amazing value. TOM STEVENSON


Ruinart wines are Chardonnay-based, light, fruity and elegant.

CLIVE COATES MW


Taittinger

Taittinger is one of Champagne’s most consistent large brands. The flagship Comtes de Champagne and Comtes de Champagne Rose, two of the finest wines in the region, sometimes fly under the radar, but they are both super-pedigreed wines with brilliant track records for developing considerable complexity in bottle. Readers who want to learn more about the estate and Comtes in particular may want to take a look at my article on www.erobertparker.com published earlier in the year. Taittinger does so many things well, but it would be great to see the estate add disgorgement dates to its labels. ANTONIO GALLONI, Wine Advocate, 2010

  1. Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
    Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
    Taittinger Brut Réserve is a blend of Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (60%) wines from over 35 different vineyards and vintages matured to perfection. This high proportion of Chardonnay, unique among fine nonvintage champagnes, and a minimum ageing of three years in the cellars, where it reaches the peak of aromatic maturity, makes Taittinger Brut Réserve a delicately balanced champagne, known for its consistently excellent quality all over the world. Taittinger considers it an honour to produce a Brut champagne every year without exception. TAITTINGER
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $71.00 Regular Price $88.00
  1. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2007
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2007
    The light rust and amber color is enticing. Aromas of dried rose petals, cinnamon and nutmeg. Hints of dried meat, smoke and sage. Orange peel, too. Full-bodied with a compact, creamy texture. So fine and delicious. Great, subtle and complex flavors. More like a lightly aged, premier-cru Volnay, but with the magic of Champagne. (99) JAMES SUCKLING

    The 2007 Comtes de Champagne Rosé is a total knock-out. Racy and exuberant in the glass, the 2007 wraps around the palate with stunning textural depth and resonance. The 15% still Pinot adds structure and persistence to a creamy, inviting Rosé Champagne that will leave readers weak at the knees. Hints of rose petal, dried cherry, cinnamon and dried flowers meld into the sublime finish. This is about as good as it gets. Wow! (97) ANTONIO GALLONI
    2007
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $395.00 Regular Price $495.00
  1. Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV
    Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV
    (a 50/50 blend of Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Mailly, Bouzy and Ambonnay; around 10 g/l dosage; L33830X01300): Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of buttered toast and honey. Toasty orange and pear flavors are braced by juicy acidity, picking up a suggestion of chamomile with air. Finishes dry and precise, with repeating mineral and toast notes. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media (2015)
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $106.00 Regular Price $125.00
  1. Taittinger Prestige Rose NV
    Taittinger Prestige Rose NV
    Light orange-pink. Cherry, orange zest and fresh rose aromas show very good clarity and energy. Sappy red fruit flavors display a spicy quality, picking up energy and a floral nuance with air. Concentrated, vibrant and precise, finishing on a zesty mineral note, with lingering spiciness and firm grip. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $97.00 Regular Price $115.00

Thienot

Champagne Thiénot is a Champagne house founded in 1985 and based in
Taissy, near Reims. It is part of the Alain Thiénot Group, owner of different
brands such as Canard-Duchêne, Joseph Perrier and Marie Stuart. 

  1. Thienot Brut Rose NV
    Thienot Brut Rose NV

    45% Pinot Noir including 7% of Red Wines from old vineyards, 35% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
    Light orange-pink.  Lively red berry and orange zest aromas are complemented by musky rhubarb.  Dry and taut on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors and a touch of licorice.  Finishes on a tangy note, with good cut and length. JOSH REYNOLDS, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $106.00 Regular Price $125.00

Ullens

Veuve Clicquot

I once wrote, ‘the greatest tribute I can pay Veuve Clicquot is to say that this house is proof that it is possible to sell eight million bottles a year and still maintain the highest quality.’ Well, now it’s selling ten million bottles and the quality has never been better. TOM STEVENSON


La Grande Dame comes exclusively from eight grand cru vineyards owned in 1805 by the 27-year-old widow Nicole-Barbe Clicquot-Ponsardin, who drove the business to the top tier of champagne. The wine named in her honor was launched in 1977 to mark the bicentenary of the company.


 Dramatic developments are underway in the bellows of Veuve Clicquot that are only just beginning to bubble to the surface. Its characterful, full-bodied, pinot-focused wines are more refined every time I look, an astounding feat for a house with a dizzying annual production of 18 million bottles, ranking a confident number two by volume behind Moet & Chandon in LVMH champagne Kingdom. Event Clicquot’s conspicuous ‘Yellow Label’ non-vintage, in its inimitable, trademark, mango-orange livery, is looking trim and fit today, having lost its curvaceous sweetness – quite a workout for a cuvee that alone accounts for a whopping 15 million bottles every year. Its vintage wines are where Veuve Clicquot really steps up, and La Grande Dame has entered a new age of dashing, mineral-infused refinement. For an operation of such a grand scale, the consistency of Veuve Cliquot is unrivalled in all of champagne. TYSON STELZER

  1. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV
    Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV
    Tasted blind. Came 11th out of 12 in the tasting. Pale straw gold. Light, complex nose. Good savour. Some smokiness. Really neat and tight. Lots of potential. Some appley acidity and really clean on the end. Very complex on the end. Full of vitality. One of the most youthful wines in this dozen. Delicate bead. JANCIS ROBINSON jancisrobinson.com September 2015
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $69.00 Regular Price $89.00

Veuve Fourny & Fils

Since 1955, the Fourny family has made its own Champagne. Today, Monique and Charles Fourny make delicious Champagnes from tehir 6.5 hectares. Organic farming, old vines, and oak barrels are the keys to their quick success. 4000 Champagnes, RICHARD JUHLIN



Veuve Fourny is one of Champagne’s many under-the-radar producers that deserve to be better known. This is a superb set of wines from Emanuel and Charles-Henry Fourny. ANTONIO GALLONI

  1. Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blanc 1er Cru NV
    Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blanc 1er Cru NV
    60% 2008, 40% 2007 and 2008; majority from ‘Le Mont-Ferré in Vertus; aged one year in barrels and 2.5 years in bottle; 6g/L dosage; DIAM closure.
    Veuve Fourny encapsulates its philosophy of purity and precision right from the very first cuvée of the estate, the most challenging feat of all for any champagne house. Crunchy granny smith apples, refined white peach and taut lemon fruit cascade into a very long finish of salty minerality and ultra-fine bead. Beautifully crafted, pure and beach-fresh. TYSON STELZER, The Champagne Guide
    Plenty of forest berry pips and granny smith apple fruit in this: deep and complex-smelling but also full of sea-spray vitality. Lipsmacking, complex and pippy fruited in the mouth, with corella pear crispness and a long dry finish. Mouth-sucking and moreish to close. 9/10 - how much I like it. TIM WHITE, Australian Financial Review
    (mostly chardonnay, with a bit of pinot noir):  Light, bright gold.  Nervy, precise scents of lively citrus zest, green apple and honeysuckle.  Vibrant and deep, with very good clarity to its mineral-accented lemon, orange and orchard fruit flavors.  Picks up a deeper fig quality and closes on a sappy, vaguely saline note.  The vivacity of this Champagne would make it a great companion to sushi or simple shellfish dishes. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2011
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $64.00 Regular Price $76.00
  1. Veuve Fourny Grand Reserve 1er Cru Brut NV
    Veuve Fourny Grand Reserve 1er Cru Brut NV
    NV Brut Premier Cru Grande Reserve is gorgeous. It shows remarkable depth and balance for a NV bottling. The wine blossoms beautifully on the mid-palate, with expressive pears, apples, flowers and depth, all of which come together in a finessed, totally irresistible style. The Grande Reserve is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir reserve in cask. This is Lot # L18053. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.
    ANTONIO GALLONI, Wine Advocate, 2011
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $64.00 Regular Price $80.00

Vilmart

When I think of finesse in Champagne, Vilmart is one of the first names that comes to mind. Proprietor Laurent Champs has the magic touch in crafting exquisite wines that can stand with the very best….. The Vilmart style can be defined as timeless and classic. All of the Vilmart Champagnes are aged in oak, but with blocked malos, an approach that yields Chardonnays and Pinots of nearly incomparable finesse. Readers who haven’t discovered Vilmart yet owe it to themselves to do so. ANTONIO GALLONI

Vilmart is among my favourite houses that have mastered the difficult challenge of delivering an elegant and full-flavored Champagne with finesse. If you don’t know the house, do yourself a favour and give one of the cuvées a try, you’ll thank me for the suggestion. BURGHOUND

Grower Champagne has grown in stature in the hearts, minds and cellars of Australian drinkers in recent years and while we have been excited to introduce drinkers to the Champagnes of Pierre Peters, Jerome Prevost, Jacques Selosse and Larmandier Bernier to name a few, I can tell you that Laurent Champs’ Vilmart Champagnes from the Montagne de Reims are the next stars hiding in our midst. 

Their brilliance may have remained relatively undiscovered in Australia to date, aside from some of our more savvy buyers, but among the world’s finest palates their brilliance is wholeheartedly agreed upon. The glowing testimonials above from Antonio Galloni and Allen Meadows (Burghound), speak loudly to the quality of these transcendent Champagnes. 

Laurent Champs signature is a savant like touch with oak which will confound what you think of oak-aged Champagnes. Here the oak is not a seasoning, but a way to build layer upon layer of texture and richness which he masterfully balances with a taut spidery thread of acidity, delivering Champagnes brimming with finesse, energy and deep vinous character. As Antonio Galloni puts it so aptly “…these are majestic wines that no one who loves fine Champagne will want to be without.” PWS

  1. Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee 2011
    Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee 2011
    The 2011 Coeur de Cuvée is gorgeous, especially within the context of the year. Translucent and airy, the 2011 is a Champagne of real elegance. Sage, mint, dried flowers, orchard fruit and lemon peel all grace this super-expressive and pretty Champagne. These 60-year-old vines handled the challenges of 2011 well. Harvest took place in August, which after 2003 and 2007, is not as freakishly unusual as it would have been a generation ago. The 2011 is undoubtedly terrific. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2011
    chardonnay, Pinot noir
    France
    376
    Special Price $221.00 Regular Price $260.00
  1. Vilmart Grand Cellier NV 1500ml
    Vilmart Grand Cellier NV 1500ml

    Disgorged in September 2018 with eight grams per liter dosage, the latest rendition of Vilmart's Chardonnay-dominant NV Brut Premier Cru Grand Cellier is showing well, offering up an inviting bouquet of crisp golden orchard fruit and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy but incisive, its generous core of fruit is complemented by a pinpoint mousse and girdled with racy acids. The vins clairs aged in foudres, as ever without malolactic fermentation. This is based on the 2016 harvest with reserve wines from the 2015 and 2014 vintages. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $221.00 Regular Price $315.00
  1. Vilmart Grand Reserve NV
    Vilmart Grand Reserve NV
    Disgorged in June 2019, Vilmart's latest NV Brut Premier Cru Grande Réserve is showing beautifully, bursting with aromas of pear, wheat toast, yeast extract and confit citrus. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and complete, it's fleshy and enveloping, with a fleshy core of fruit, tangy acids and a pillowy mousse. While it's already showing well it will also age with grace. Derived from the 2017 vintage and complemented by reserve wines from 2015 and 2016, it was disgorged with nine grams per liter dosage. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate


    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $80.00 Regular Price $110.00 As low as $70.00
  1. Vilmart Grand Reserve NV 1500ml
    Vilmart Grand Reserve NV 1500ml
    Disgorged in June 2019, Vilmart's latest NV Brut Premier Cru Grande Réserve is showing beautifully, bursting with aromas of pear, wheat toast, yeast extract and confit citrus. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and complete, it's fleshy and enveloping, with a fleshy core of fruit, tangy acids and a pillowy mousse. While it's already showing well it will also age with grace. Derived from the 2017 vintage and complemented by reserve wines from 2015 and 2016, it was disgorged with nine grams per liter dosage. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate

    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $158.00 Regular Price $225.00

Vollereaux

The family vineyard of 40 hectares ensures a constant and regular supply of grapes, which contributes to the quality, and the maintenance of the quality of Vollereaux champagnes.

The distribution of the vineyard plots over the main vintages of the Champagne region enables us, depending on their soil and exposure, to produce three grape varieties that are traditional in the Champagne area. Chardonnay, producing white grapes, and Pinot Noir and Meunier, producing black grapes. As growers, we pay great attention to cultivating our vines, taking care to respect natural balances. It is essential to harvest raw material that is of the highest quality when elaborating a great champagne. VOLLEREAUX

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Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blanc Brut Grand Cru NV $175.00$144.00
Andre Clouet Brut Rose NV $88.00$74.00
Andre Clouet V6 Experience NV$120.00$120.00
Ayala Blanc de Blanc 2014$145.00$123.00
Ayala Brut Majeur NV $85.00$69.00
Ayala Brut Rose Majeur NV$110.00$93.00
Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs NV $170.00$129.00
Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature NV$105.00$89.00
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV $145.00$112.00
Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Vintage 2009$165.00$136.00
Bollinger Grande Anne 2012$275.00$219.00
Bollinger Rose NV $140.00$119.00
Bollinger Special Cuvee (750ml) $91.00$74.00
Bonnaire Prestige Blanc de Blanc NV$89.00$75.00
Brimoncourt Blanc de Blanc NV$105.00$89.00
Brimoncourt Extra Brut Grand Cru NV$115.00$97.00
Brimoncourt Regence NV$85.00$72.00
Brimoncourt Regence NV 1500ml$170.00$144.00
Brimoncourt Rose NV$96.00$81.00
Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee NV $110.00$93.00
Carbon Brut NV$430.00$365.00
Cedric Mousse Effusion Rose NV$110.00$93.00
Cedric Mousse L'Or D'Eugene Perpetual Blanc de Noirs NV$90.00$76.00
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Blanc NV$145.00$123.00
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV$105.00$89.00
Charles Heidsieck Brut Vintage 2012$190.00$161.00
Charles Heidsieck Rose 2006$175.00$148.00
Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV$165.00$129.00
Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Saint-Anne NV $92.00$78.00
Chartogne-Taillet Rose NV$125.00$106.00
Collet Art Deco Brut NV$87.00$73.00
Collet Brut NV$69.00$58.00
Collet Brut NV 1500ml$200.00$170.00
Collet Rose Brut NV$105.00$89.00
Collet Vintage 2008$150.00$127.00
Dom Perignon 2010$335.00$279.00
Frederick Savart L’ Ouverture NV $185.00$152.00
Dosnon Blanc de Noirs NV $100.00$85.00
Gosset Grande Reserve Brut NV $105.00$89.00
Gosset Grande Rose Brut NV $130.00$110.00
Hure Freres Insouciance Rose NV$110.00$93.00
Hure Freres Ludes Invitation Brut NV$95.00$80.00
Jacquesson Cuvee 743$125.00$105.00
Jean-Marc Seleque Le Quintette NV$135.00$114.00
Jean-Marc Seleque Solessence Brut Rose NV $115.00$97.00
Jean-Marc Seleque Solessence Extra Brut NV$98.00$83.00
Krug Grand Cuvee -169 NV$370.00$314.00
Krug Vintage 2004$470.00$399.00
Lacourte Godbillon Terroirs d’Ecueil Brut NV$105.00$89.00
Lacourte-Godbillon Brut Rosé NV$125.00$106.00
Lacourte-Godbillon Mi Pentes Blanc de Noir NV$140.00$119.00
Laherte Freres Les Empreintes 2014$185.00$136.00
Laherte Freres Rose de Meunier Brut NV$110.00$93.00
Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut NV$97.00$79.00
Larmandier Bernier Latitude Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV $105.00$89.00
Larmandier Bernier Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Non Dose 2014$185.00$157.00
Louis Roederer Blanc de Blanc 2014$160.00$136.00
Louis Roederer Brut Nature Champagne 2012$175.00$148.00
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2014$133.00$113.00
Louis Roederer Collection 242$90.00$76.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2013$465.00$379.00
Louis Roederer Rose Vintage 2015$130.00$110.00
Margaine Cuvee Traditionnelle NV$85.00$72.00
Moet & Chandon Brut Rose NV $95.00$79.00
Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2013$120.00$94.00
Olivier Horiot Brut Cuvee Metisse NV$115.00$97.00
Paul Bara Brut Reserve NV$100.00$73.00
Pierre Gimmonet NV Brut 1er Cuvee Cuis Blanc de Blancs NV $85.00$72.00
Pierre Gimmonet NV Cuvee Rose de Blancs NV $110.00$93.00
Pierre Gimonnet Brut 1er Cuvee Cuis Blanc de Blancs NV 1500ml$180.00$153.00
Pierre Gimonnet Cuvee Fleuron Blanc de Blancs 2015$125.00$106.00
Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Cramant Grand Cru 2014$235.00$199.00
Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Grand Terroirs de Chardonnay 2014$160.00$136.00
Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV $100.00$85.00
Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV Magnum $225.00$191.00
Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2013$185.00$151.00
Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV $90.00$72.00
Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2013$150.00$127.00
Pol Roger NV Magnum 1500ml$240.00$199.00
Pol Roger Vintage 2012 1500ml$420.00$357.00
Remy Leroy Extra Brut NV$89.00$75.00
Ruinart R de Ruinart Brut NV $125.00$106.00
Taittinger Brut Milliseme 2014$140.00$118.00
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV $88.00$71.00
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2007$495.00$395.00
Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV $125.00$106.00
Taittinger Prestige Rose NV $115.00$97.00
Thienot Blanc de Blancs NV$125.00$106.00
Thienot Brut 2012$135.00$114.00
Thienot Brut Rose NV$125.00$106.00
Thienot Cuvée Garance Blanc de Noir 2010$255.00$216.00
Ullens Lot 3. NV$135.00$114.00
Veuve Clicquot Rose NV $110.00$93.00
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Reserve 2012$140.00$119.00
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV $89.00$69.00
Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blanc 1er Cru NV$87.00$73.00
Veuve Fourny Grand Reserve 1er Cru Brut NV$80.00$64.00
Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee 2011$260.00$221.00
Vilmart Grand Cellier NV 1500ml$315.00$221.00
Vilmart Grand Reserve NV $110.00$80.00
Vilmart Grand Reserve NV 1500ml $225.00$158.00
Vollereaux Blanc de Blancs Brut NV$97.00$82.00
Vollereaux Brut Reserve NV $87.00$73.00
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