Grower Champagne

Antoine Bouvet

Extra Brut Champagne Blend 2012

Clear blonde with a multitude of fine bubbles, really attractive and nice perlage. Very pure aromas on the nose with honeyed toast, white grapes, and a little peach. A touch of oak and apricot. There’s a definite sense of rusticity here and it’s quite welcome here. After plenty of time, those fruit notes become more mature with dates and the faintest hint of dried cherries.

An outstanding grower champagne and one that, for me, really epitomizes the genre. A bit stark and austere, which is a good thing. Half Chardonnay, half Pinot Noir with an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l. The terroir truly speaks here hailing from Bisseuil and Mareuil-Sur-Ay. Very nice acidity and quite vinous in nature.

The palate is generous and inviting especially if you give it time. Almonds, lime zest, and plenty of brioche bread. Green apples with an earthy element as the Pinot begins to take over. A truly exciting champagne that will deliver even more if you let it sit for a few more years. But I can’t blame you if you don’t.
— 4 days ago

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Pol Roger

Vintage Brut Champagne Blend 2008

Straw gold color. Great energy in the glass. Notes of lemon, spice, white stone and a little bread yeast. Full on power and great fruit in the mouth. Creamy finish. Drank over two nights and night two was just as good as night one. This can only get better with more age but a fun wine to try right now. — 3 days ago

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Champagne Lamiable

Graine D’étoiles Brut Nature Grand Cru Champagne

Lyle Fass
9.2

Sick nose here. Super expansive and elegant. Lemon pith, lemon jelly, lemon custard, really layered and just stunning. I mean really stunning. Mint, some spice. Just so unique and inviting. Palate is super elegant and pure. So clean and lithe. Delicious lemony fruit and lovely purity. I can tell this needs air and will get it. Lovely sap and mineral force on the finish. So well made and elegant. Lovey sap extends the finish but remains very elegant. Super long and sneaky.

With air the nose is more fruity. Some peach and citrus. Palate is concentrated and hugely linear with so many angles. Very pure, sappy and juicy.
— 14 days ago

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Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Louis Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2006

Sublime bottle! Rich, but not yeasty. Nose evolved into notes of Flinstones vitamins, but in a good way! Can’t think of a better way to kickoff birthday week🎉🥂🍾 — 5 days ago

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Marc Hébrart

Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé Blend

What more is there to really say about the Marc Hebrart range of grower champagnes? Beautiful, beautiful wines and always so much fun. The fun continues here.

A delicate light pink color with a constant stream of fine bubbles. Smells of summer. That memory with the pretty girl on the beach, that’s what you get here. Cranberries and wild strawberries mingle with herbs and chalk. Loads of minerals and a bit of honeysuckle. Toast, cherries, and really pretty orchard fruits.

Balance and precision. That’s exactly what you will find here. 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir from Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ with 6.5% of the Pinot vinified as still red wine in neutral oak. Such striking depth and sleekness. Those summer berries dominate the palate but always maintains focus. Subtle herbs and spices with such purity of fruit. Really beautiful.
— 11 days ago

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Krug

Vintage Brut Champagne Blend 1988

A little ‘pffst’ as it opens. This is past the vigorous stage. A lovely gold color with hints of amber. On the nose some brioche, caramel, dried apricots. On the palate some hazelnut and a low hum of salinity. This is certainly mature with mid fizz level and some really lovely deep flavors. Long and complex. Drinking beautifully if you like the mature style.... with some time in glass there’s more minerality coming through and a distinct taste of oyster shells. Delicious — 5 days ago

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It’s worthy of that... I’ve had more vivacious bottles but this was lovely. Worth selling out
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@Conrad Green : Know of anyone selling a bottle at a reasonable price?
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I’m afraid not. Not any more. It’s also more of a crapshoot now, as the wine ages, to find pristine bottles. The best I’ve had of this is from mag, and it’s an incredible wine. The best way to get the experience is to split a bottle of Krug collection 88 with a few buddies. That’ll still have the drive that made this vintage famous

Philipponnat

Sublime Reserve Sec Champagne Champagne Blend 2008

Lyle Fass
9.2

Champagne Spatlese and you’d never know. 30 grams of dosage! Nose is highly complex and aromatic with stunning toastiness. Some ripe peaches and citrus as well. Really captivating nose. Also an intriguing earthy scent. Palate has some sweetness but man is this masterful for the style. Gorgeous fruit, kiss of sweetness and awesome purity. Red cherries, nice acids, nice density. Not for everyone but I love it. Really energetic, linear and delineated. — 13 days ago

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Henri Goutorbe

Brut Grand Cru Pinot Noir Rosé

Pale pinkish orange with delicate vivacious bubbles. Smells of summer. Aromas of raspberries and orange peel initially with more floral notes. Bruised strawberries, smoke, and crushed herbs. Energetic is the word of the day here. This packs much power and liveliness into the glass. The vinous nature is striking and the 12% of still red wine certainly has its say.

Predominantly Pinot Noir with 25% of Chardonnay from Grand Cru terroir in Aÿ. Graceful, yet intense there’s a sense of heft and substance here. Also a sense of freshness. The palate follows the nose with more pronounced red berries and soft floral notes. Spices, mint, and toasted bread. A beautiful rosé perfect for this time of year from an excellent grower house.
— 8 days ago

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Great notes
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Beautiful! 🥂

Pierre Callot

premier Cru Brut Nature Champagne Blend

Lyle Fass
9.2

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Nose is very skeletal, dry and mineral, some lemon rind, lemon cake, lemon pith. Round nose for a Brut Nature. Really nice. Palate is bone dry but super juicy and wow is this mineral. I love this. Such a geeky zero dose bubbly. Man is this mineral like a Mosel. But it’s still got fruit and juiciness. Delish! Nice concentration and terrific lime zest flavors and finished chalky, slatey and fiercely mineral. Wow. Really delineated and linear. And a steal!

Now with air this is killer. More expansive and airy. Palate is sharp and has killer acids and freshness. Bracing!
— 14 days ago

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Goutorbe-Bouillot

Clos Des Monnaies Champagne 2010

Love this producer. Small grower in Damery. This is from their walled vineyard and is 50-50 Chardonnay and PM. It’s toasty with brioche, sharp acidity and some red fruit hints on long finish. Still young. — a month ago

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