Terroir Champagne: Book Signing and Champagne Tasting

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Perhaps no major French wine-growing region is subject to as much change as Champagne. With the rise of grower Champagnes (recolant-manipulants),  a new focus on terroir, and ever more vignerons working organically or biodynamically, the area is in constant flux. Consequently, while there are some terrific books about the region, they tend to focus more on the Grandes Marques, rather than the organic and biodynamic growers so near to our hearts. So it’s always a cause for celebration when a new book about Champagne is released to fill in the gaps, especially when it’s as well-written and insightful as the self-published Terroir Champagne: The Luxury of Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Cuvees by Caroline Henry. In honor of the release of her book, please join us for a book signing and Champagne tasting on Tuesday, July 23, from 5-7 PM. We’ll be pouring sensational bio Champagnes from Barbichon, Thomas Perseval, Roland Piollot, and Benoit Marguet. For those of you unable to join us, we'll have the book available, in addition to the Champagnes we'll be pouring, for online purchase.

Barbichon NV 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 Point Noir dominant. The robe has a faint peach hue. The nose offers fine mélange of floral and red fruit aromas, hints of wet stone, orange oil, and toast. The palate is bright and racy, yet ample with crunchy minerality and a brisk, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Champagne Extra-Brut Shaman Rosé (Disg 12/18)

Though perhaps unusually for a domaine located in Ambonnay (Pinot Noir terroir), vigneron Benoît Marguet prefers a Chardonnay dominant blend for his rosés. In the 2016 edition of his non-vintage Shaman Chardonnay makes up 96% of the blend.The robe is a pale pink. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine mousse offering red fruit strawberry, cherry stone, with a pleasing bitterness on the finish. This has good length, fine mineral detail, and a nice herbal uptick on back end. Delicious now, but this should gain suavity with a year of two in the cellar. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Perseval, Thomas Base 2013 Chamery 1er cru Tradition (Disgorged 4/18)

While it's always a pleasure to receive a fresh shipment of bubbles, it's especially gratifying to receive new wine from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval. From vines in Chamery, located in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval Tradition 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 43% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 17% Chardonnay based on the 2013 vintage. Raised 70% in enamel, and 30% in barrel and disgorged in April of 2018. The nose shows white flowers, Meyer lemon peel, red fruit, candied ginger, and sea spray. The palate has a snappy mineral attack followed by layered flavors of wild strawberry, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, suave, rising finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 45 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Piollot NV Extra-Brut Come des Tallants No Dosage

Roland Piollot produces some elegantly stunning Champagnes from organically farmed vineyards in the Aube. Come des Tallants is 100% Pinot Noir from a small parcel (less than one hectare), vinified with no dosage for a crisp and fresh mouthfeel. Plenty of acidity and overall a really impressive Champagne, especially at the price.   EL

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur