Champagne

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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  • $319.99

  • 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
  • 22 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • 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.

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $89.99

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
  • 16 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • 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
  • 12 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.

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  • 10 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

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  • 4 in stock
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  • $84.99

  • Organic
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  • 2 in stock
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  • $329.99

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  • 12 in stock
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  • $54.99

Chartogne-Taillet 2015 Champagne Extra-Brut Cuvée Les Barres Pinot Noir

After years of releasing Les Barres as a parcellaire featuring Pinot Meunier, Alexandre Chartogne has bottled a small amount of Les Barres in Pinot Noir. The 2015 Pinot Noir, distinguished by the black label, offers aromas of red fruit, bosky herbs, and dried flowers. The palate is ample and generous, while displaying a subtle minerality and a racy, persistent finish. As we've yet to do the side by side comparison with the Pinot Meunier derived Les Barres, we are intrigued by the possibility of contrasting cépage and terroir to see which expresses itself more clearly. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • Organic

Chartogne-Taillet NV Champagne Brut Cuvée Sainte-Anne (base 16/15)

Don't call it basic! Chartogne-Taillet’s “Cuvée Saint Anne” is one of our favorite grower Champagnes priced under $50. The grapes come Merfy in the Montagne de Reims and are a blend of the 2016 and 2015 vintages. On the nose there are aromas of apple blossoms, peach skin, and sea spray. The mid-weight, generous palate offers flavors of ripe golden apple, lemon curd, and crushed herbs on a racy, spritely finish. This has plenty of charm on the attack with a fine core of minerality lending focus and depth. Disgorged 7/26/17, dosage 5 g/l. John McIlwain(Wine arrives 12/19)

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  • 24 in stock
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  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $114.99

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!

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $299.99

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  • 7 in stock
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  • $83.99

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  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

Doquet, Pascal NV 13 base Champagne 1er cru Arpège Blanc de Blancs

From organically-farmed Chardonnay vines in Vertus, Mont Aimé, and Villeneuve, the current disgorgement of Arpège is a blend of 50% 2013 and 50% reserve wines bottled in 2015, disgorged March 22, 2018 with 3.5g/l dosage. Arpège (French for Arpeggio) is a great introduction to Pascal's wines. It combines the incisive chalkiness with pure fruit and a longer lees aging and is a delicious expression of his Côte des Blancs terroir. The nose offers citrus blossom, lemon peel, green apple, and cool herb aromas. The palate is decidedly stony, with a chalky minerality leading the attack followed by notes of Meyer lemon, white peach skin, and Bosc pear flavors. The finish is long, bright, and sapid. This a perfect Champagne for an aperitif, but has the verve to pair with oysters, fresh goat cheeses, and lighter poultry dishes. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
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  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • 3 in stock
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  • $89.99

Gerbais, Pierre NV 15b Champagne Extra-Brut Grain des Celles 1.5L

A blend of Pinot Noir (50%), Chardonnay (25%), and Pinot Blanc (25%) from organically farmed vines grown in Kimmeridgian soils in Celles-Sur-Ource in the Aube. Initial fermentation is with indigenous yeast in tank, and the wine spends 30 months on the lees before disgorgement. The nose offers lovely aromas of apple blossom, apricot, honeysuckle and mint. The mid-weight palate is redolent of stone fruit, ripe Mirabelle plums, and tangerine, with a punchy mineral character lending gravitas. There's a lot of character to this well-priced Champagne that makes for a fine apéritif, as well as having the stuffing to enjoy with roasted fish, chicken, or strong cheeses. John McIlwain

  • 1 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic

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

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  • 30 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut Premier Cru Les Romaines Pinot Meunier

I have a not-so-secret love for Champagnes made from Pinot Meunier. Godmé's single vineyard expression, Les Romaines 1er cru, is an especially stunning example. The biodynamically farmed vineyard located in Villedommange has calcareous soils which lend a particularly savory minerality to the wine, offsetting the sometimes over-generous nature of the variety. The 2009 Les Romaines is  particularly vibrant example with effusive notes of wild strawberry, salted plum, and blood orange on the nose. The palate is broad but lithe and energetic, with a deep pitch of salty  earthiness vying with stone fruit flavors for attention giving way to a long, detailed rising finish. There is impeccable balance here, with the ripeness of the vintage seemingly lending gravitas to the firm mineral core. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 25 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues 2010 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

From the eponymous lieu-dit located in the grand cru village of Verzenay on the norther slope of the Montagne de Reims. The organically farmed vines date from 1986 are grown in shallow clay soils over chalk. Juice from the coeur de cuvée, fermented with native yeasts, aged in oak barrels. The 2010 boasts a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose offer aromas of wet stone, red apple skin, spice, and apple blossom. The rich palate is broad and supple, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. There is a fine interplay between ripe red fruit flavors and a firm core of savory minerality. There is real class and complexity here with a fine upside for aging. Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed! John McIlwain

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  • 34 in stock
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  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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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. Vintage base year is 2013 with approximately 60% reserve wine from the previous four vintages. The wine has pale salmon pink 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
  • 27 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
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  • $89.99

Huré Frères NV Champagne Extra Brut Mémoire (Solera)

Based on a solera, or perpetual cuvée, started in 1982, the Mémoire Extra Brut is comprised of 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay, aged in foudre and bottled with 3 g/L dosage. The grapes come from all of the various Huré vineyard parcels and the cuvée is considered to be a broad "snapshot" of the domain's terroir and vinification aesthetic. Pale golden yellow in color and boating an ultra-fine bead, Mémoire offers soft aromas of Mirabelle plum, dried orange peel, lemon verbena, brown butter, with notes of honey. The palate is creamy, broad, round, and burnished with complex flavors of wild cherry, damson plum, heather honey, candied ginger, with a pleasing hint of nuttiness on the finish. There are multiple layers to this Champagne as befits its solera origins and it is better served by enjoying from a wine glass, rather than flute to allow the bouquet to develop fully. - John McIlwain

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  • 6 in stock
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  • $89.99

Laherte Frères 2014 Extra-Brut Les Longues Voyes Pinot Noir

Comprised of 100% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, rather the the Coteaux Sud d'Epernays as with Laherte's other releases. Farmed organically and aged in barrel for 19 months in barrel with no malo. Les Longues Voyes (the long way) refers both to the distance to this parcel from the winery in Chavot and to the extended elévage. The nose offers aromas of wild strawberry, wild raspberry, spice, shortbread, and chalk. The palate is supple and expressive with good concentration and bright acidity. The finish is broad and expansive. Aurélien Laherte's wines consistently display excellent poise, energy, and elegance resulting from the excellent organic farming to the vinification in wood. John McIlwain

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $72.99

  • Organic
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  • 4 in stock
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  • $79.99

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  • 32 in stock
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  • $46.99

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

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  • 7 in stock
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  • $27.99

  • Organic

Laval, Georges 2015 Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Les Chênes

If ever there were an argument that portions of Cumières merit Grand Cru status, Laval's Les Chênes makes a convincing case. The amphitheater-shaped vineyard is something of a sun trap and produces Champagnes of power and precision in Vincent's able hands. Made up of 100% organically-farmed Chardonnay from the eponymous lieu-dit on the eastern side of the village (near the bottom of the slope down by the river), where the soils are chalky rather than the clays of other portions of the village. This is a particularly powerful blanc de blancs. While the nose offers yellow fruit, tangerine peel, green tea and citrus aromas, the mid-weight, sinewy, and broad palate is pungently mineral, displaying notes of salt, lemon curd, and quinine on a nascently complex, powerful, persistent finish. This is certainly delicious now, but tastings of previous vintages of Les Chênes lead one to believe there is plenty ahead for the patient. John McIlwain

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  • 13 in stock
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  • $159.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laval, Georges NV (2016 Base) Champagne Cumières 1er Cru Brut Nature

Domaine Georges Laval is  a tiny, artisan estate in the 1er Cru village of Cumières, an amphitheater shaped village with full southern exposition. Here in the this sun-kissed (for Champagne, at least) appellation, the exuberant Vincent Laval makes some of our favorite organic wines. They combine power and elegance, with a fine mineral cut and soaring aromatics. The nose of the 2016 base offers aromas of plum skin, apple blossom, and wild honey. The palate offers flavors of ripe apple and pear skin, with a savor core of wet stone and green tea on a long rising finish. This release of the 2016 base spent an extra year on the lees before disgorgement and shows an additional layer of complexity for it. John Mcilwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • Organic
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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
  • 4 in stock
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  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay Rosé (disg. 3/19)

While we love biodynamic grower Benoît Marguet's Champagnes for their combination of Ambonnay power and frank minerality, it may be that his most pleasurable wine is his excellent vintage-dated rosé. Chardonnay dominated in a village noted for its Pinot Noir, the wine offer a beautiful nose highlighted by aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry seed, tarragon, and chalk. The palate is brightly mineral and structured, with a deep stoniness at its core within its layers of ripe red fruits and savory notes. The wine balances deftly its grand cru power with a lacy bead, vibrant acidity, and achingly pretty florality. This is natural Champagne and an absolute joy to drink.  John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 27 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No 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
  • 32 in stock
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  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 2 in stock
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  • $104.99

  • Organic
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  • 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
  • 2 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • Organic
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  • No Sulfur
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  • 5 in stock
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  • $84.99

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  • 8 in stock
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  • $71.99

Mouzon Leroux NV Champagne Extra Brut L'Atavique base 15

One of the most interesting terroirs of the Montagne de Reims is Verzy, whose north facing vineyards on clay limestone soils produce Pinot Noir-dominated Champagnes of cut and finesse. Biodynamic producer Mouzon-Leroux's L'Atavique is 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay mostly from Verzy with a portion of the wine barrel-fermented and bottled with 3.5g/l dosage. The nose is effusive with woodsmoke, floral, orchard fruit, citrus oil, and bread notes. The palate is energetic and nuanced with overt minerality making up its core. Outward from this radiates a bright sense of fruit, acidity, succulence, and texture. It seems refined and playful at the same time. The finish is long, complex, invigorating, and pure.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $54.99

  • Organic
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  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $72.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 22 in stock
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Perseval, Thomas 2014 Chamery 1er cru La Masure

  One of the inaugural parcellaire releases from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval from Chamery in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval "La Masure" 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay from the 2014 vintage. Raised in enamel tank and barrel and disgorged in 2018 after three years on the lees. The nose offers aromas 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, salted plum, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, rising finish. With air the wine becomes still more harmonious and suave, never losing sight of the fine mineral core framing the ripe fruit.
John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
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  • $109.99

  • Organic
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Ponson NV (2014) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

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

  • white sparkling
  • 27 in stock
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  • $42.99

  • Organic

Pouillon, R 2012 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens

From an organically-farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2012 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers biscuit, lemon verbena, apple blossom and sea spray aromas. The palate shows punchy vibrant fruit on the attack, with an incisive minerality giving way to a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, mouth-filling, powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere, instead it's a confident expression of the Blanchiens terroir. (Disgorged Spring 2019) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pouillon, R 2012 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens 1.5L

From an organically-farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2012 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers biscuit, lemon verbena, apple blossom and sea spray aromas. The palate shows punchy vibrant fruit on the attack, with an incisive minerality giving way to a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, mouth-filling, powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere, instead it's a confident expression of the Blanchiens terroir. (Disgorged Spring 2019) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $299.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pouillon, R 2012 Champagne Grand Cru Extra-Brut Les Valnons

100% Chardonnay from the well-situated, south-facing Les Valnons Froid Cul lieu-dit on the upper slope of the Grand Cru village of Aÿ. Fermented with native yeasts in neutral barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2019, dosage 2.5g/l. Les Valnons is a lovely, albeit somewhat atypical Blanc de Blancs from a village better known for its Pinot Noir. The robe on the 2012 has a pale gold color with a fine bead. This nervy Chardonnay offers aromas of wet stone, lemon oil, quinine, and quince. The palate is broad, expressive, and powerful offering citrus, spice, and mineral notes on a taut, complex, and detailed finish. There's great interplay between the ripe fruit and the electric acidity. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

Ruppert-Leroy NV Champagne Brut Nature Martin Fontaine

Emmanuel Leroy and Bénédicte Ruppert are guiding a second generation, field of dreams estate in the southern Champagne village of Essoyes, seven kilometers from the Burgundian border. I cannot overemphasize the detail-oriented commitment of these young growers to releasing pristine wines.  A commitment that reaches the altruistic heights of setting aside the juice from the first three rows of their vineyards that border conventionally farmed vines.

The delicious fruits of Ruppert-Leroy’s efforts are on full display in the Martin Fontaine, an unctuous single vineyard Blanc de blancs with zero dosage. Vinified in ex-Chassagne Montrachet casks this pale, straw yellow cuvée has strikingly expressive aromatics, starting with peppermint, candied lemon, and ginger, before moving to cayenne pepper, honeycomb, and hazelnut. The palate is finely balanced and inviting with Golden Delicious, warm caramel, lemon curd, and white tea with a coda of quince. This will make a masterful pairing to a generously buttered mushroom risotto. (Disgorged 4/2014) David Salinas

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $189.99

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
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  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • white sparkling
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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

(Wine arrives 12/19)

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99