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Champagne

Champagne is the perfect accompaniment to any Holiday table! Pair a classic Brut with steak or fried foods, a Blanc de Blancs with caviar, oysters and light fish. Use a dry Extra-Brut for lobster and roast chicken.

Below you will find a brief primer on the different producers of champagne as well as our recommendations for each. Enjoy!

Grower:

By now, you may have heard the terms “grower Champagne” and “Farmer fizz” kicked around...but  you might not know what this means.  Quite simply, these are Champagnes produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grapes come.  This allows the estate to focus on the unique “terroirs” or characteristics of the village where they are located - instead of trying to produce a basic “house style” by purchasing grapes from many growers throughout the region.  We are fans of many of the big houses as well, but grower Champagnes should not be ignored as they represent an entirely different Champagne experience. They typically use lower dosage (sugar) levels, which means a drier style, and the wines tend to be a bit more food friendly.  Try a few different producers’ efforts from some of the different villages - you will be amazed at the differences in style and impressed with the consistency and complexity. 

How do you spot a Grower Champagne?  Check the label for the words Récoltant-Manipulant (or the initials "RM") or "Proprietaire-Récoltant." These translate roughly to "bottled by the grower."

We recommend : 

Cedric Bouchard - Blanc de Noirs Cote de Val Vilaine

Michel Turgy - Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Reserve Selection

Pierre Peters - Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cuvee de Reserve

Vilmart & Cie Brut Grand Reserve

 

Maisons: 

Maisons (aka ‘Houses’) make up 87% of the Champagnes imported into the USA. Champagne houses buy their grapes from lots of grape growers from all over the region. The Maisons focus on blending grapes from different regions and vintages to produce a consistent taste every year. Maisons are the large Champagne brands or ‘negociants’ (neg-gosse-see-yont) that have familiar names such as Moët, Veuve Clicquot, Perrier, Bollinger, etc. Maison Champagnes are widely available and are famous for making appearances at special events.

We recommend:  

Deutz - Brut Classic  

Pol Roger - Brut Reserve 

Ruinart - Brut Blanc de Blancs  (the oldest Champagne house) 

Taittinger  Comtes de Champagne

 

Cooperatives:

Co-ops are typically wines from a specific village in Champagne and from grapes grown around that village. Growers who don’t have all the sparkling wine making equipment can opt into a village co-op. There are many different ways in which co-ops function, but usually, the growers supply their grapes to the co-op and the chief winemaker makes the final cuvées. The Champagnes can be labeled individually for the growers and they can be labeled as the co-op brand. Cooperative Champagnes are typically labeled with the letters ‘CM’ for ‘Coopérative Manipulant’ in small print on the bottom of the front label.

Nicolas Feuillatte is the largest and best known Champagne co-op.

NV Billecart-Salmon - Brut Reserve
750ml | SKU 33656 
VM
90
WA
90
NV Bollinger - Brut Special Cuvee
750ml | SKU 26394 
WS
93
WA
92
NV Bollinger - Brut Rose
750ml | SKU 65583 
WA
93
NV Delamotte - Brut Le Mesnil
750ml | SKU 52516 
WA
91
VM
91
NV Deutz - Brut Classic
750ml | SKU 37838 
WS
91
One of our most requested non vintage Champagnes, Deutz has been out of the market for a bit of time-but we are thrilled that now it's back. We are the DC exclusive importer for this outstanding house!
NV Deutz - Brut Rose
750ml | SKU 63524 
VM
91
2013 Deutz - Brut Rose
750ml | SKU 79298 
VM
92
NV Krug - Brut Rose 23rd Edition
750ml | SKU 82045 
WE
96
WS
94
NV Laurent-Perrier - Brut La Cuvee
750ml | SKU 20790 
VM
90
WS
91
NV Pol Roger - Brut Reserve
750ml | SKU 27261 
WA
92
Toast your friends and family with one of our favorite Champagnes. If the Royal Family celebrated Thanksgiving this is all they would drink! - Joe Kluchinsky
nv Ruinart - Brut Rose
750ml | SKU 50325 
VM
92
2007 Ruinart - Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart
750ml | SKU 79669 
VM
97+
A striking, tightly-coiled wine, the 2007 Dom Ruinart will leave readers week at the knees. the 2007 has the potential to go down as one of the great Dom Ruinarts. Readers who can grab the 2007 wont want to miss it.
NV Veuve Clicquot - Brut
750ml | SKU 17082 
WS
92