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New Arrivals from Champagne André Beaufort! Introducing Elodie and Réol Beaufort's "L'Or de Vix!"

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We are very proud to feature a new selection of the extraordinary organic Champagnes of André Beaufort, just in time for the holidays! And we're very happy to introduce Elodie and Réol Beaufort's Vin Mousseux "L'Or de Vix" - first time in the US!

New in this shipment are the 2009 and 2017 Polisy Blanc de Blancs and 2005 Polisy Brut Réserve, recent disgorgements of the 2009 Polisy Brut Réserve and 2017 Ambonnay Grand Cru and a new Polisy Brut Réserve NV based on the 2021 and 2018 vintages. And we're very happy to offer 24 btls of the unique and beautiful 2019 Polisy Coteaux Champenois Rouge. All wines have been recently disgorged.

2018 "L'Or de Vix" Extra Brut and Rosé

Elodie and Réol Beaufort are now producing two beautiful sparkling wines from vines on kimmeridgian and oxfordian limestone soils in Burgundy, about 1/2 mile from the Champagne/Aube border near Riceys. Both wines are 100% Pinot Noir. Zero SO2 is added and the fermentation and prise de mousse are with wild yeasts, aging is in old barriques. "The vines are in a very preserved area, almost completely surrounded by forest, so few treatments are needed. The deer remain nice, they prune the vines but leave the grapes" says Réol. The "Or de Vix" Extra Brut shows rich and complex aromas, with hazelnuts and toasted brioche, with hints of green apple. The palate is quite the contrast - chiseled, crisp and focused with soaring acidity and a dry finish that would lend itself nicely to food. The "Or de Vix" Extra Brut Rosé features lovey aromas of blood orange, raspberries and strawberries, whilst the palate shows notes of grilled watermelon and surprisingly savory hints of bitter Seville orange underscored by refreshingly vibrant acidity. These are unique and delicious natural wines in a style of Champagnes from the Aube...

Beaufort vines in Ambonnay

The Champagnes of André Beaufort are primarily available at natural wine shops in France, Italy and Japan - we are happy to bring these exceptional Champagnes to New York. They all show the intense "vinosity" and complexity found in the Beaufort wines - products of superb farming, living soils, extended sur-lie aging and the commitment of the Beaufort family to create true Champagnes of terroir. The Beauforts converted to organic agriculture in 1971 and also avoid the use of copper sulfate in the vineyard, preferring to use essential oils and homeopathic preparations of their own creation. Vinifications at Beaufort are generally 8 - 10 months long and both fermentations take place with native yeasts - these are some of the very few Champagnes to not use exogenous yeasts in the prise de mousse. The malo-lactic transformation is not blocked and the wines are not re-acidified. SO2 is used sparingly (approximately 30mg/L) or not at all depending on the vintage.

Constant and Réol Beaufort in the new cellar

The Beauforts produce Champagnes both in Ambonnay (Grand Cru) and in Polisy, with normally a blend of about 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. These are broad, full-bodied wines that benefit from extended sur-lie aging. "We keep our wines sur-lie as long as possible before release, so one can taste a Champagne of ten years of age with mature aromas, having conserved some traits of youth - thus, disgorgement is always recent."  (Lot number and disgorgement date are always included on the back-label)

The wines showed beautifully at our impromtu tasting last Saturday!

Réol Beaufort perfoming a "degorgement...
a la volée!"  Réol will visit us in February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wines are in stock but quantities are small, please look-out for another shipment after our move to 79 Chambers! Please allow until Monday 12/11 for pick-up or shipping

Beaufort, André NV (2021) Champagne Polisy Brut Réserve (D 1/24)

The André Beaufort NV (2021) Champagne Polisy Brut Réserve is 80% Pinot Noir from the 2021 vintage and 20% Chardonnay from 2018 - "it's showing well now" says Réol Beaufort "as the Chardonnay rounds out the young Pinot Noir." Organic farming since 1971 - one of the first in Champagne along with Georges Laval - wild yeast fermentations, minimal SO2. Disgorged in January of 2024. This is an outstanding value Champagne with loads of character - subtly toasty but with strong minerality and vibrant energy, not heavy but still textured with great acidity.

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2018) Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut (D 01/24)

The André Beaufort NV Polisy Rosé Brut is from the 2018 vintage and was disgorged in January 2024. It's a deep crimson rosé and shows redcurrant, raspberry and cherry fruit on the nose, with a nice herbal lift. The palate has more wild red berries with lovely texture and crisp acidity that's in perfect balance, with hints of herbs and some earthiness that lingers. This opens up nicely with aeration - just delicious as an aperitif or serve with charcuterie, salmon, tuna or sushi.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $66.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2019 Coteaux Champenois Polisy Rouge

(Arrives 12/11) The 2019 Beaufort Polisy Rouge Coteaux Champenois (stilll wine) is 100% Pinot Noir grown on the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. 2019 is a vintage of beautiful ripeness, but showing only 11% alcohol thanks to the climat in Polisy and the Beaufort's superb organic farming. This is remarkable from the first sniff, with delicate red fruit mixed with an intense herbal component. Don't be scared, there is nothing green or stemmy here - it's minty and spicy and deeply delicious. As it sits in the glass the wine opens up and becomes fuller and earthier. It's fresh on the palate, almost salty, with a fine fragile mouthfeel and beautiful length. Wonderful wine. I suspect this will take on weight with time in the bottle too.    Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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Beaufort, Elodie 2018 Vin Mousseux (Cremant Bourg) L'Or de Vix Extra Brut

(Arrives 12/11) The 2018 Elodie Beaufort Crémant is made by Réol Beaufort of Champagne André Beaufort and his wife Elodie from vines about 1/4 mile from the Champagne zone (Aube) on kimmeridjian and oxfordian limestone. 100% Pinot Noir. Zero SO2 is added and the fermentation and prise de mousse are with wild yeasts, aged in old barriques. Disgorged in July of 2023. The nose is rich and complex with hazelnuts and toasted brioche, with hints of green apple. The palate is quite the contrast - chiseled, crisp and focused with soaring acidity and a dry finish that would lend itself nicely to food. A vibrant Champagne by another name, serve with everything from oysters to fried chicken!

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort, Elodie 2018 Vin Mousseux (Cremant Bourg) L'Or de Vix Extra Brut Rosé

(Arrives 12/11) The 2018 Elodie Beaufort Extra Brut Rosé is made by Réol Beaufort of Champagne André Beaufort and his wife Elodie from vines about 1/4 mile from the Champagne zone (Aube) on kimmeridjian and oxfordian limestone. 100% Pinot Noir, rosé de saignée. Zero SO2 is added and the fermentation and prise de mousse are with wild yeasts, aged in old barriques. 5 grams per liter dosage. Disgorged in June of 2022. Blood orange, raspberries and strawberries waft from the bowl, whilst the palate shows notes of grilled watermelon and surprisingly savory hints of bitter Seville orange underscored by refreshingly vibrant acidity.  An Aperol Spritz like sparkler, perfect for aperitifs, brunch and all manner of charcuterie and tapas..Quite the pick me up!  GH

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Noirs Brut (D Jan 23)

The rather ripe 2009 vintage brings us this beautifully full-bodied Pinot Noir from the Kimmeridgian soils of Polisy, farmed organically for the last 50 years by Jacques Beaufort and family. The wine shows lovely aromas of ripe white fruits with hints of red fruits, lemon, white flowers, earth and mint. The palate is dense and round with a melange of white and red fruits, creamy and lemony with earth, herbal and mineral flavors. This is a ripe and youthful Champagne with enough acidity to carry the fruit into the next phase of maturity. Quite delicious now, it should be singing in 5 to 10 years. Disgorged in January, 2023.

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2017 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Blanc (D 03/23

While the Beaufort parcels in Polisy (Aube) are primarily Pinot Noir, we have recently had a series of superb 100% Chardonnay wines from these kimmeridgian soils. Disgorged in March 2023. Aromas of apples, pears, white flowers and lemon tart waft forth whilst the mousse is delicate and frothy,. Flavors skew more mineral and chalky with citrus notes in the forefront. A lovely Blanc de Blancs for all manner of light fare and aperitif. Giselle Hamburg

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $81.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2017 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 9/23)

50 years of organic farming helped the Beauforts produce an excellent wine in the tricky conditions of 2017. Disgorged in September, 2023. Right off the bat, the Ambonnay presents a completely different, more masculine profile from the Polisys with it's more chiseled, structured frame, deep minerality and deeper gold color. Still more mineral than fruit forward on the nose, the palate skews more ripe berries with vibrant acidity and a juicy finish. Pair with some duck a l'orange! Giselle Hamburg

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur