Champagne

Agrapart 2013 Extra Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs L'Avizoise

From clay and limestone soils of grand cru parcels of Les Robarts and Les Gros Yeux, at the top of the hill in the village of Avize. 50+ year-old vines. The clay-dominant soils lend depth and breadth to the wine vs. the chalkier Minéral bottling.

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • $149.99

  • Organic

Agrapart 2013 Champagne Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Vénus

Sourced from a small plot within La Fosse, planted in 1959, Vénus is named after the draft horse that plowed the vines. The soils are exceptionally chalky relative to the soils of other parts of Avize which have more clay, per Peter Liem. Aged under cork rather than crown cap and bottled without dosage, Vénus is profoundly mineral and a study in chalk, with the old vines' deep roots preserving that sense of terroir even in warmer or 'off'  vintages. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $219.99

  • Organic

Agrapart 2013 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Minéral

Minéral is a vintage-dated blend of Chardonnay from two particularly chalky lieux dits within the grand cru villages of Cramant and Avize, with the grapes from Bionnes (Cramant) vinified in demi-muid and Le Champ Bouton (Avize) vinified in tank and blended in equal parts. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • Organic

Agrapart 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Expérience

While Champagne is on occasion dismissed as a wine without terroir due to its history of blends, the multiple stages of fermentation, and a prise de mousse that relies on the addition of sugar or MCR, Pascal Agrapart's Expérience is solely comprised of grape juice with just a modicum of sulfur. The vin clair is a barrel selection of 2014 Minéral and Avizoise fermented with native yeasts, and the secondary fermentation begun with grape must from the 2015 vintage and cellar yeasts. The wine is aged under cork and bottled without dosage. This cuvée is a particularly vinous expression of Champagne, where terroir and grape have an articulate dialogue.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $349.99

  • Organic

Agrapart NV (14/15) Champagne 7 Crus

Comprised of grapes from all seven villages in the Côte des Blancs, where Agrapart has vines, 7 Crus is a blend of two vintages, aged partially in barrel, partially in tank. The wine is fermented with native yeasts and aged on the lees for three years before release. The nose is redolent of lemon blossoms, orange oil, wet stone, and chalk, while the palate balances orchard fruit flavors with racy acidity, sapid minerality, and a richness derived from its élevage. And while this is  produced in greater volume, 7 Crus is a Champagne that ages beautifully and is worthy of space in one's cellar. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
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  • $57.99

  • Organic

Agrapart NV Champagne Extra Brut Terroirs Blanc des Blancs

Terroirs is a blend of Chardonnay from multiple parcels like the 7 Crus cuvée, but from older vines planted in mid-slope chalk and clay soils and aged longer on the lees, with some barrel-aged reserve wine lending another layer of complexity.

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
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  • $71.99

  • Organic

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 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

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut (Dis 7/17)

Tasted in January 2017 at the estate. Complex aromas of lychee, candied pear, citrus, beautiful palate of yellow fruits, minerals, citrus, caramel with fabulous length. (This shipment disgorged in July 2017)

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
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  • $122.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (Dis 8/19)

With all its nuance and detail, this  23-year-old Champagne has the potential for wide appeal. On the edges it shimmers a more bright golden yellow and its core it rests a burnished golden color, speckled by a fine and discrete mousse. The nose offers aromas of honeysuckles, Granny Smith apples, hazelnuts, chestnuts, vanilla, and smoky tones. The palate is round, circular, and weighty with aromas of lemon verbena and wisteria before a mineral, singing finish. This combines so many of the best qualities of Beaufort's Champagnes : strikingly nuanced aromatic detail, along with a gracefully powerful palate and a resounding finish. (Lot #96A. Disgorged August 2019.) 

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
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  • $154.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature D 6/18

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical yet laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium-bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged in June 2018 after 15 years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
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  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (D 10/18)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged in October of 2018. 2008 continues to delight, even 11 years after the harvest. The current disgorgement of the Polisy has a pale yellow robe, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is soft and pretty offering aromas of golden apple, acacia, lemon curd and apple blossom. The mid-weight palate is bright and brisk on attack, with flavors of Macintosh apple, bergamot, and green tea giving way to a fine core of minerality lending focus. This has good length and energy on  a lifted and expansive finish. This is very good with vibrant fruit and nascent aged flavors knitting elegantly. A fine effort from the Beauforts! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 16 in stock
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  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 09/19)

This is classic Beaufort, balanced, rounded and finely filigreed with a judicious dosage. In truth, the 2009 Ambonnay Grand Cru tastes very dry for a Brut, closer to an Extra Brut in style. It shows a burnished golden yellow in the glass, adorned by a finely beaded and generous mousse. The nose offers notes of brioche, cardamom, cinnamon, roasted chestnuts, white flowers, and honeysuckle. The palate is powerful and broad, accented with aromas of Cortland apples, apple pie, and nutmeg that lead to a lingering, herbal finish. The 2009 Brut shows the pedigree of its Ambonnay Grand Cru fruit. It's delicious now, but it also has real aging potential. (Lot #09A. Disgorged Sept 2019.)

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
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  • $69.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 06/19)

For those of a classical bent who prefer not to shop at the big Champagne houses, André Beaufort is a wonderful alternative. Longtime organic farming and extended lees-aging produce rich wines of uncommon detail and complexity. The 2010 Ambonnay offers aromas of white flowers, orange peel, bergamot, and  chalk on the nose. Bright acid, salted plum, citrus oil, and a fine line of sapid minerality on the supple and rich palate. This shows a fine interplay between power, tension, and a suave, supple finish. This is one heck of an Ambonnay and a fine bottle of Beaufort! (Disgorged June 2019)  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2016 Coteaux Champagnois Polisy Rouge

The 2016 Polisy Coteaux Champagnois Rouge became available at the last minute - we haven't tasted it, but assume it will be a pretty serious glass of Pinot Noir. Notes to follow...

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2011) Champagne Grand Cru Rosé Brut Nature (D 07/18)

This bottling of the Beaufort NV Ambonnay Rosé is based on the 2011 vintage and was disgorged in July of 2018. Notes to follow.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 20 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 8/19)

The new Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV is based on the 2015 vintage and was disgorged in August of 2019. The Polisy NV Brut Nature is a lean, racy expression of the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. The nose is cool-toned and faintly herbal with aromas of green apple, lime zest, and wet stone. The palate is steely and focused, with a prominent mineral character giving way to taut structure and a compelling savory character on the brisk, chiseled finish. I'd love this with crudo, ceviche, or a platter of briny Beausoleil oysters. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
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  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (D 9/19)

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Disgorged Sept 2019.

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
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  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bérêche NV (2015 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé Champagne in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2015 base is comprised of 60% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Meunier, 5% still red wine. Fermented in barrel, aged under cork for 36+ months. Disgorged March 2019, 4.5g/l dosage.The 2015 vintage has a pale salmon robe with an ultra-fine bead. The nose offers lovely aromas of wild strawberry, sour cherry, blood orange with faint notes of autolyse and wet stone.  The palate balances richness and raciness with flavors of stone fruits, green tea, citrus pith, astride a deep mineral core. This is a touch firmer than some vintages of the typically rich Campania Remensis, but the 2015 has great cut and raciness culminating with a compelling savory herbal note on the long and sapid finish. Aging under cork has softened some of the hard character of many wines of the vintage and this has plenty of flair and complexity (though a couple of additional years of cellaring should pay off handsomely). I’ll concede to being skeptical of most rosé Champagnes as the premium is seldom matched by greater complexity or character, but Bérêche makes a convincing argument for the genre due to their meticulous viticulture and masterful winemaking (especially in the inconsistent 2015 vintage). I wouldn't characterize this as an apéritif, but more as a satisfying wine for the table, best enjoyed in a white wine glass. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 47 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • Organic

Bérêche NV (Base 2017) Champagne Brut Réserve (disgorged July 2019, 7g/l)

The current release of Bérêche's Brut Réserve is based on the 2017 vintage was disgorged in July 2019 and bottled with a dosage of 7g/l. The wine has a pale peach robe and fine bead. The Base 17 has a pretty nose of nectarine skin, orange oil, acacia blossom, and red fruits. The palate is broad—this is Bérêche after all—but agile, with flavors of stone fruit, wild raspberry, graham cracker and a fine undercurrent of minerality to buoy the supple plushness of the fruit. This has classical lines and a suave, stylish finish and should truly shine when the dosage knits. A great gift idea for lovers of grand Champagnes. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 95 in stock
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  • $47.99

Bérêche, Raphael 2015 Champagne Rilly La Montagne

The 2015 is 100% Pinot Noir from Les Sablons in Rilly-la-Montagne comprised of sandy soils over limestone. Fermented in oak and aged under cork, 3g/l dosage. Per winegrower website.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L14" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 14

For holiday celebrations, Champagne is a must. Not just for the festive association of bubbles, but also because it is truly one of the most versatile wines to grace one's table. The inherent acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the foods, while the bubbles and moderate alcohol invigorate the palate rather than tire it. One of my favorite Champagnes for the table is Bérêche's Reflets d'Antan. Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Better served in a white wine glass to allow the aromas to develop. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 25 in stock
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  • $149.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2015 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Les Beaux Regards is a blend of two parcels of Chardonnay in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims planted in 1964 and 1970. The loamy clay soils produce a Champagne more vinous in character, rather than exclusively taut and chalky. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented and aged in wood, and secondary fermentation is under cork rather than crown cap.

  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
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  • $94.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2015 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

The Rive Gauche bottling from Bérêche is 100% Pinot Meunier from vines planted in 1969 in the north facing parcel Le Misy in Port-á-Binson near Mareuil-le Port in the Marne. The north-facing slopes and old vines keep Meunier's tendency to over-exuberance in check, preserving the mineral expression of the variety. The 2015 has a pale peach robe with a fine bead. The nose is effusive with aromas of white peach, Meyer lemon peel, orange blossom, Rainier cherry. The palate is broad and authoritative, with red fruit and pungent soil tones and a long, sinuous, expansive finish, with a touch of herbaceousness framing the opulent fruit. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 28 in stock
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  • $84.99

  • Organic
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  • 10 in stock
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  • $74.99

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  • 2 in stock
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  • $114.99

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  • 18 in stock
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  • $54.99

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  • 6 in stock
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  • $59.99

Contrées (Horiot, Lamoureaux) 2009 Riceys Terroirs 4 pack

Les Contrees is a fascinating study of terroir within the Riceys. Four separate lieux-dits harvested at nearly the same time, vinified the same way and disgorged within days of each other. The expressiveness of each terrior makes this a must for Champagne obsessives. Yes, Virginia, there is terroir in Champagne!

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $299.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $139.99

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  • 12 in stock
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  • $83.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 16 in stock
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  • $72.99

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) NV Damery Cuvée Speciale Base 16

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 in the Vallée de la Marne. The wines are made in the manner of 100 years ago. Fabrice farms the without chemicals, ferments in wood, and due to the age of his barrels, avoids malolactic fermentation.  This disgorgement is based on the 2016 vintage and balances nicely the classic richness of Damery with undertones of minerality.  Aromatically the wines offer up aromas of baked apple, 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 balance of generous fruit and earthy structure. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 36 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut 1er Cru Les Alouettes Saint Bets

Hugues Godmé 2009 Les Alouettes Saint Bets Brut is a single vineyard blanc de blancs from Villers-Marmery near the border with Verzy. The soils of this climat are very chalky with little topsoil. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, vinified in neutral oak with native yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation, and bottled with low sulfur. There is an electric sense of chalky minerality to this Champagne. While there is a degree of richness to the wine that hints at Verzy, and a silken quality on the palate derived from its time in wood, ultimately a cool, deft sense of fruit and chalkiness defines the nose and palate. Still a bit taut, there are floral and citrus oil notes on the nose, followed by Meyer Lemon and a subtle salinity on the palate. The mousse is fine and the finish long, complex, and supple. This should shine brightly with a bit more time in the bottle.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues NV Champagne Brut Verzenay Grand Cru Rosé

Comprised of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay from biodynamically farmed vines in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Aged for 5 years on the lees. Disgorged  January 2018, bottled with 4g/l dosage. tge base year is 2013 with approximately 60% reserve wine from the previous four vintages. The wine has pale salmon ink robe and a fine bead. The nose is expressive with pretty aromas of dusty rose petals, sour cherry, plum skin, crushed herbs and a hint of brioche. Distinctly savory on the palate with cool-toned vibrant fruit,  nervy acidity, and impressive mineral depth on a long mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guiborat NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Prisme

A new grower for the Chambers Street Champagne section, Guiborat is helmed by Richard Fouquet, who grew up outside Paris and returned to his family's vines as a young man. The 100% Chardonnay 'Prisme' is comprised of grapes from 3 parcels in Cramant and Chouilly, farmed organically, and vinified in tank and neutral barrel, and spend 44 months sur latte, and bottled with 4.5g dosage. Based on the 2013 vintage, the wine has a pale greenish yellow robe, soft mousse, and fine bead. The nose offers aromas of wet stone, green apple, orange oil, and shortbread. The palate is rich, lemony, racy, and deeply chalky, with incisive mineral cut and a bright, briny, mouthwatering finish that lingers. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Barmont (Still)

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 character than nearby En Valigrain. The 2014 En Barmont has a darke garnet robe and is effusive and floral on the nose with wild strawberry, cherry blossom, and Morello cherry aromas. On the palate the wine displays vivid, racy acidity, bright red fruits with hints of crushed herbs, Darjeeling tea, blood orange zest, and a fine dusty minerality on a broad, expansive, mouthwatering finish. And while this isn't as plush as in some vintages, this is unabashedly  pretty with a generous ripeness and exuberance. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain (Still)

If the Rosé des Riceys from En Barmont is generous, verging on sensuous in nature, En Valingrain offers more linear, bordering on cerebral, pleasures (both are fantastic, I hasten to add). The 2014 En Valingrain offers aromas of wild strawberry, rose petals, wild roses, cherry blossoms on the nose. The palate displays achingly pure wild strawberry and sour cherry flavors, wet stone and a surprising, albeit pleasant, electric jolt of minerality negotiating all the supple curves of red fruit. Lightning rod or nothing but flowers. This has the crystalline structure to support the suppleness. A great young bottle of Rosé des Riceys and one of the most convincing arguments that there’s a world of terroir in Riceys. And please recall that Rosé des Riceys ages beautifully. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot, Olivier NV Champagne Rosé Sève "En Barmont" 1.5L

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. Based exclusively on the 2008 vintage and disgorged in May 2013, the Sève’s drinkability is cresting, but there’s enough acidity and structure for this fruit-filled wave to flow for some time to come. Copper pink with ruby edges, the aromas cascade with ripe strawberries, rhubarb, watermelon, black cherries, fresh madeleines, and graham crackers. The palate has exuberant depth, but is framed by a sleek freshness, and starred with cranberries, ripe nectarines, and a touch of mocha on the finish. As the long-awaited warmer weather arrives this is the ultimate picnic Champagne with enough pairing range to accompany goat cheeses, gently grilled tuna, or steak tartare. David Salinas

  • rosé sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $159.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
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  • $159.99

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  • 19 in stock
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  • $72.99

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  • 11 in stock
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  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
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  • $104.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $44.99

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

  • white sparkling
  • 36 in stock
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  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $159.99

  • white sparkling
  • 54 in stock
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  • $89.99

Marguet 2014 Champagne Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Crayères

100% Pinot Noir. The lieu-dit of Les Crayères is one of the great parcels in Ambonnay, if not all of Champagne. This sunny, mid-slope vineyard produces Champagne of great energy and cut. While still in its infancy, one senses nascent complexity the nose offers aromas of apple skin and Meyer lemon zest with toasty, biscuity notes. The palate, currently wound up and a bit backward, offers red fruit and deep stone flavors, with good power and tension. Of the 2014 lieux-dits, the nervy Les Crayères will likely need the most time in the cellar to evolve and knit the pure fruit flavors and firm, muscular structure. Bottled without sulfur. Disgorged March  2019. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marguet 2014 Extra Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Saint Rémys

100% Pinot Noir. The 2014 Les Saints Rémys is the inaugural release of this parcellaire from Benoît Marguet. Located on the slope on the western side of Ambonnay near the border with Bouzy. The robe has a faint peach color, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is warm and floral with notes of peach skin, rose petals, blood orange zest, shortbread, and Pinot spice. The wine balances supple, ripe, red fruit flavors with a firm (verging on sinewy) structure within. This is already compellingly complex, though it should gain in detail and nuance with time in the bottle. This is a stellar addition to Benoît's lineup and offers a fascinating contrast to the racy, crystalline Les Crayères. Bottled without dosage. Disgorged March 2019. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 60 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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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
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2015 Shaman Champagne Extra Brut

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

  • white sparkling
  • 30 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marie-Courtin 2016 Coteaux Champenois Le Blanc de Tremble

100% Pinot Noir aged in amphoras, no sulfur added. The inaugural Coteaux from Marie-Courtin is here! Notes to follow.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • rosé sparkling
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  • $71.99

  • white sparkling
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  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • Organic
  • white sparkling
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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
  • 38 in stock
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  • $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
  • 28 in stock
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  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 40 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
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  • $54.99

Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2017 base Champagne Blanc de Noirs Val de Vilaine

Formerly known as Infloresence, as of 2012 Val de Vilaine, this Blanc de Noirs comes from a south-facing 1.49ha plot of vines in Polisy planted in 1974 owned by Cédric's father. If there's such a thing as an 'entry level' Champagne in Bouchard's lineup, this is it. Historically more approachable when young than Bouchard's other wines, Val de Vilaine, is now more tightly wound and concentrated as the already small yields were nearly halved to 26hl/ha bringing it in line with the other cuvées of Roses de Jeanne. Here you'll find a classic expression of Polisy terroir. -John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
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  • $64.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero (base 2013)

Tarlant pulls off smart austerity with enough charm, character and nuanced flavor to make for compelling and food-oriented Champagne. The NV Rosé (in this case based on the superb 2008 vintage) shows off red fruits such as currant and raspberry, which are interestingly contrasted by a spicy note that borders on being peppery. Not overtly creamy, this Rosé is extrememly minerally and elegant. (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir -- non-dosé -- disgorged 6/13)

  • rosé sparkling
  • 13 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • $129.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier fermented in tank with native yeasts,  from the 2010 vintage with reserve wine from 2007, 2008, 2009. Bottled without dosage, this still has a fine sense of energy and depth on the palate due to great farming and long lees-aging. The nose tends towards orchard fruit, citrus peel, and pear skin, with fine biscuity after-aromas. The palate shows a fine bead and with a good balance of concentration, minerality, and a bracing, zesty finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $79.99