Vigneron Fabrice Gass opening a bottle of Cuvée Speciale in one of the prettiest spots in Damery.

The Fabulous Wines of Fabrice Gass at Champagne Alexandre Filaine


While there are a multitude of fascinating growers in Champagne (and quite a few characters), one of our absolute favorites is the singular Fabrice Gass from the tiny house Alexandre Filaine in Damery. aThoughtful and without pretense, Fabrice makes memorable wines in the manner Champagne was produced 100 years ago. Farming is organic, though not certified, fermentation is with native yeasts in very old barrels from Bollinger, where he was employed for years. Further, the age of the barrels and the low pH of the must prevents malolactic fermentation, lending cut and drive to the wines. And continuing with the one-man band theme, the bottles are hand-riddled and manually disgorged. A visit to Fabrice’s tiny domaine is to see meticulously farmed parcels and well considered vinification. And while the winemaking is as traditional as it comes, the wines are inspiring in their concentration, depth, and poise, with ripe red fruits, creamy texture, and a profound stoniness at their core.  John McIlwain

(Please note wines are sold on pre-arrival and will be available for delivery and shipping on 12/8.)

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) NV Damery Cuvée Speciale Base 17

The tiny Champagne Filaine is one of our favorite Champagne houses.  And the singular Fabrice Gass is one of our favorite Champagne characters. His wines  are made up of  Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier from the south-facing village of Damery on the slope of the Grand Vallée de la Marne. The wines are made in the manner of 100 years ago. Fabrice farms without chemicals, ferments in wood, and due to the age of his barrels, avoids malolactic fermentation.  This disgorgement is based on the 2017 vintage and balances nicely the classic richness Damery and ripeness of the vintage with a steely minerality.  Aromatically the wines offer up aromas of baked apple, orange oil, spices, and soil notes. On the palate flavors of ripe red fruit and a pervasive sense of chalkiness vie with with a creamy texture on the broad, rich finish. This is a perfect wine for the holiday table with its pinpoint balance of generous fruit and earthy structure. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) 15 Base Damery Cuvée DMY

DMY (formerly Confidence) is the same cépages and blend as Filaine's Cuvée Speciale with an extra year or two on the lees and aged under cork, rather than capsule, lending a burnished character to the wine due to the slow ingress of oxygen. DMY is rich, broad, and sapid, with an impeccable balance between red fruits, citrus notes, and powerfully mineral structure and spice. A special and rare wine.  John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • Organic