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Every holiday season a thirsty world turns its eyes to sparkling wines, especially Champagne. And while this annual uptick in interest is welcome, we feel it misses the point. Yes, bubbles are fun, and sure, there is a certain glamor to popping corks, but most importantly Champagne is a great wine for the table. And even if it has the reputation for exclusivity and expense, there's a world of tasty, affordable, well-farmed sparkling wines available at Chambers Street Wines. And rather than focusing on rare cuvées or highly allocated (and expensive) growers, we'd love to share a number of these special and more affordable wines with you at a dinner at the excellent Uncle Ted's Modern Chinese, a longtime Chambers' staff favorite, in Greenwich Village on Monday, December 2. We will feature eight Champagnes and a pair of cremants from some of our favorite small growers which, in addition to being delicious, display the interplay between tradition and terroir we love so much. There will be an assortment of appetizers and six entrées to accompany the wines. Furthermore, we will be joined by Champagne importers extraordinaire Mike Carleton and Jeff Hellman from Transatlantic Bubbles!! In the interest of making this accessible, the dinner will be $99.99 inclusive. We hope to see you and kick off the holiday season in style! John McIlwain
What a difference 2 kilometers makes! Bruno Dangin's Crémant de Bourgogne is made from 100% Pinot Noir from organically farmed vines in Molesme, located just beneath the southern border of Champagne's Aube.The limestone rich soils are the same as those of their pricier neighbor to the north. Boasting a fine bead and soft mousse and aromas of red fruits and autolyse, one would be hard pressed to spot the difference. The palate offers great depth, pure pinot fruit, and a suave, layered, persistent finish. This is a great value in bubbles and will grace the holiday table nicely. John McIlwain
From year to year there seem to be few greater values in Champagne than those of biodynamic grower Thomas Barbichon in Gyé-sur-Seine in the Aube. From his 9 HA domaine he produces wines of purity, elegance, and precision. The current disgorgement of his Blanc de Noirs is Pinot Noir-dominant. The robe has a faint peach hue. The nose offers a 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
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
In a region beset by indifferent farming and difficult weather, there's a lot of inspiration to be had as a new generation of Champenois take over their family domaines. Maxime Ponson is a prime example of a young grower recognizing the need to improve the farming and embrace organic viticulture as a moral imperative (not to mention make better wines). La Petite Montagne 1er is sourced from vineyards spread across seven communes on the eponymous Petite Montagne located to the east and southeast of Reims. The current release is 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% percent Pinot Noir, disgorged 7/8/2019. The nose is fresh and expressive, with aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, and brioche. The palate is chiseled and stony with racy lemon zest and green apple flavors and a vibrant, mouthwatering finish. A great apéritif wine, and a fine choice for sashimi, oysters, or crudo. John McIlwain
Please join us Monday, December 2, at 7:00 PM for a Champagne and sparkling wine dinner at Uncle Ted's Modern Chinese. Featuring wines from Bruno Dangin, Ponson, Grognet, Barbichon, Marguet and more! Dinner will be family style and wines will flow. We hope to see you there! You can afford to drink Champagne.
67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, bottled with no dosage. From the warm 2015 vintage the Shaman 15 has a pale, faintly salmon-colored robe and a fine bead. The nose is ripe with notes of cherry skin, white peach, and spice. The palate is broad and expansive, with rich red fruit flavors and a firm, concentrated mineral core. There is plenty of drive and precision here to counter the richness and fine, savory, lifted finish. The spice and stony notes make this an excellent Champagne for dim sum or heartier fare, such as Peking duck, not to mention a cracking autumnal apéritif when the weather cools. Disgorged March 2019. John McIlwain