Ho Ho Horiot - Just in time for the holidays!

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Over the course of the year, we have received more requests and inquiries for the still and sparkling wines from Olivier Horiot than I can ever remember. A producer who is a bit on the outskirts, geographically and in the echelon of sought-after names in Champagne, it's clear that the secret is out and the exquisitly balanced and complex wines from Horiot are finally getting the recognition they deserve! We've been praising Olivier's work for years, and are overjoyed and a bit giddy when we receive the still Rose de Riceys wines that he has a cult following for, or the Champagnes which have fully impressed us across the board in recent years... so imagine our excitement when we got news that the long-awaited Horiot drop contained the still wines AND a comprehensive offering of the estate's Champagnes too! Our guess is we won't see another release for a while (the last shipment of simlar breadth was in March 2022), so we highly recommend taking the opportunity while these wines are in stock. We're including a legacy text from our former colleague John McIlwain, for those who would like to read up on the estate, and please note that wines will be in stock on Wednesday, 12/13 and available for shipment on 12/13 or delivery in Manhattan and Brooklyn from Thursday 12/14 onward. Cheers!  -Eben Lillie

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Olivier Horiot (photo from www.horiot.fr)

The center of gravity in Champagne skews decidedly northward. Montagne de Reims, La Valée de Marne and Côte des Blancs are spoken of more frequently and likely more glowingly, than Sézanne, Montgueux, and Côtes de Bar/Aube. But there’s serious terroir in those hills and valleys of southern Champagne if you look. It’s no secret that some of the most compelling developments in Champagne are coming from the Aube. The area has a long history with a fame derived from its still red wines and even a game-changing rosé grown in the marls and Kimmeridgian limestone soils, which have more in common with Chablis than the Marne or Montagne de Reims.

This Rosé des Riceys—from the village of the same name straddling the border of Champagne and Burgundy—is made in tiny quantities by a handful of growers only in warm vintages. Famously a favorite of the Sun King Louis XIV, this has more in common with a red wine than most rosés. First, the wine is intended for cellaring; typically it is released after a long élevage. A master of the genre is vigneron Olivier Horiot, who not only produces two single-vineyard Rosé des Riceys, but luminous Champagnes and a startlingly mineral Coteaux Champenois white.

With family roots in vine growing dating to the 1600s and a father and grandfather who sold their grapes to the cave cooperative, Olivier Horiot decided to vinify independently as well as work organically with some biodynamic methods. Blessed with established vines in distinctive terroir, Olivier initially decided to make only Rosé des Riceys and Coteaux Champenois before complementing the still wines with sparkling wines in 2004. With 8 parcels of different terroirs, Olivier decided to bottle some separately: south-facing En Valingrain’s lighter marl lends more precision and finesse, while the heavier clays and eastern and south-eastern exposure of En Barmont contribute more richness and generosity. And though Rosé des Riceys is already a somewhat esoteric wine, bottling two different cuvées shows Horiot’s commitment to terroir. John McIlwain

Horiot, Olivier 2016 Champagne 'Sève' Rosé de Saignée En Barmont

Unencumbered by the history and tradition of the Marne, Olivier Horiot has set out to make simple, intimate, and vinous Champagne that showcase the terroir of Les Riceys. The Sève is a Rosé de Saignée, from the warm, single vineyard site of En Barmont, where Pinot Noir can reach a robust ripeness that is balanced by firmly controlled yields.  Four days of semi-carbonic maceration add both complexity and lightness to this joyful Champagne.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Horiot, Olivier 2019 Champagne Métisses Noir et Blancs Brut Nature

Though famed for their reds and the eponymous rosé, Riceys produces far more Champagne than still wines from its vineyards bordering Burgundy. And though the Kimmeridgian soils mean Pinot Noir in the Aube, they also make a convincing case for the underappreciated Pinot Blanc grape. Sourced from from 8 different vineyards in Les Riceys, Métisse is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir with about 25% Pinot Blanc. The varieties are barrel-fermented seperately and this bottling is from the 2019 vintage.

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot, Olivier NV Champagne Cuvée Soléra

Equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Arbanne, Meslier farmed biodynamically and fermented separately in barrel and aged on its lees before blending in a perpetual soléra.

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  • white sparkling
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  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Horiot, Olivier 2017 Champagne Brut Nature '5 Sens'

5 Sens is a delicious offering from vineyards in Les Riceys, equal parts Arbanne, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • Organic
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Horiot, Olivier 2018 Champagne 'Envol'

ORIGINAL PRICE - $103 -  Envol is a new cuvée from Olivier Horiot, from Pinot Noir grapes, fermented and aged in a single concrete egg, without any addition of sulfitess. 2017 was the first vintage of the wine, and we haven't tried it yet, but are looking forward to opening one soon!

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $102.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Horiot, Olivier 2018 Champagne Brut Nature 'Ailleurs'

Our friends at Louis/Dressner Selections tell us that this wine is "from the Cornouiller parcel in the village Fontette, hence it being from “somewhere else" (Ailleurs). We know it's all Chardonnay, and that this is the first bottling of the wine ever!

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  • white sparkling
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  • no discount
  • $102.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot, Olivier 2019 Coteaux Champenois Blanc Riceys 'En Valingrain'

From the En Valingrain lieu-dit, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc makes a compelling case for the gôut de terroir of Riceys. The soils are a combination of marls and Kimmeridgian limestone, akin to the soils in nearby Chablis. There's a mouthwatering succulence to the ripe fruit and great persistence the finely detailed finish, that reminds one that Riceys is closer to Chablis (geographically as well as vinously) than the Marne. John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2018 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain (Still)

ORIGINAL PRICE - $67 -  We have a not so secret love for the wines from Rosé des Riceys, a wine of (sun) kings, we are told, and a wine for gourmands who love the effusive bouquet, finely grained structure, weightless intensity, and startling persistence. Excellent farming and assiduous vinification by the affable Horiots results in rosé (not to mention Coteaux and Champagnes) of fabulous terroir expression, ageability, and flat out deliciousness. And while a still rosé from Champagne north of $50 may seem extravagant, please be assured these are wines of terroir and worthy of cellaring, especially those from Chez Horiot. Soils here are grey marl, and grapes are 10% foot-trodden, 90% whole-cluster, with aging in used barrels.

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  • red
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  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2018 Rosé des Riceys En Barmont (Still)

ORIGINAL PRICE - $67 -  Though there are fewer than 20 growers of Rosé des Riceys, we tend to think of the wines as a coming from a single terroir. By separately vinifying two different lieux-dits, Olivier Horiot shows the possibilities of expression within the appellation. En Barmont is a warm site, whose southerly exposure and marls interspersed with Kimmeridgian limestone produce a ripe Pinot Noir with a broader, and chalkier, character than nearby En Valigrain.

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  • red
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  • $64.99

  • Organic
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Horiot, Olivier 2019 Coteaux Champenois Rouge 'En Val Bazot'

Importer note: "Fermented & aged on the lees for one year in barrel with [an additional] long elevage in barrel before bottling."

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur