Wine: Sparkling, France
In the mood for Champagne, but trying to keep within your budget? This is a beautiful alternative from southern France – elegantly dry with persistent, creamy bubbles and notes of green apple, pear, a touch of vanilla. There's no need for a special occasion. With this wine, finishing a long day at work or catching up on last week's episode of Breaking Bad is reason enough to celebrate. Winemaking Details: Methode Traditionnelle
Aromas of orchard fruits, honey and beeswax. A touch of marzipan adds depth to the dry, crisp finish. A fantastic sparkling made from well-ripened grapes to avoid dosage. Admire its gorgeous and long-lasting beads while you sip. While it's lovely on its own, this one can take you through from appetizers to entrees!
This has many characteristics of fine Champagne, but is also quite clearly from the Jura. Fully dry (they use no dossage) it has notes of pear and citrus with a light, clean texture and lovely, tiny bubble from the Metthodé Champenoise style of fermentation. A lovely wine to enjoy on it's own, and truly perfect with oysters.
Alexandre Chartogne tends to old vines in the small and little known village of Merfy in the Champagne region. He works organically and employs some biodynamic agriculture. Really good balance of the grower champagne mineral notes and the creaminess and full mouth feel of a 'conventional' champagne.
The Doyard family is closely linked to the history and regulations of Champagne. They have 1 premier cru vineyard and 4 grand cru vineyards all located within the prestigious zones of Vertus, Oger le Mesnil, Oger, Avize, and Cramant/Ay. In the glass, aromas of fresh-baked brioche envelope the senses, followed by a beautiful, silky/creamy texture. On the palate, a striking balance of white peach, zesty lemon and croissant lead to a long, delicious finish. Please buy some before we drink it all! Winemaking Details: 50% of this wine is vinified in barrique. 30% malo.
Jacques Lassaigne’s vines mainly consist of Chardonnay, and his blanc de blanc is made entirely of it. The soils in Montgueux are heavy on the limestone – the perfect material for good champagne. This lovely, complex Champagne has a hint of sherry and croissant on the nose, with crisp minerality and a lingering finish that goes on and on This is a special wine, but don't wait for a special occasion, drinking it can make any day special. Winemaking Details: Low SO2 Added, Wild Yeast Fermentation
Charles Ellner was a professional Champagne riddler who slowly began purchasing vineyards and making his own Champagne for family and friends. Now, this is his full time gig, both using estate grown fruit and sourcing from neighboring vineyards. This Champagne comes from all estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir. The chardonnay spent a few months in large old oak barrels before blending and bottling in 2003. This is a beautiful vintage with a slight bit of caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut on the nose and palate, a rich and creamy mousse and round acidity.