Grower Champagne

Larmandier-Bernier

Longitude 1er Cru Champagne Blend

A pretty golden color in the glass. A good amount of tiny, persistent bubbles that just keep coming. The nose shines right out of the gate with those citrus aromas we all love. Toasted oak, biscuits, and chalk come to the party. You could seriously spend so much time just appreciating the nose on this.

Pure Chardonnay with a low 3 g/l dosage, this is pleasingly puckering. Wonderfully elegant yet approachable, this speaks to not just the terroir but the winemaker. You really get a clear sense of their intentions here. Full and rich with perfect balance, this is another of those rare NV champagnes that can compete with vintage bottles.

Refreshing acidity and nice structure that really elevates this. More of that chalk minerality on the palate alongside delicate white flowers and yeast. The fruit is pure and expressive with tart citrus notes. One of the best NV Bdb I’ve tasted, super impressive stuff.
— 3 days ago

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Trixie

Always like the way you take your photos. Cheers!🥂

Dhondt-Grellet

Assemblage "Dans un Premier Temps..." Extra Brut Champagne

Medium straw with a light green tinge. Persistent effervescence of tiny bubbles with a fine and creamy mousse. The nose is rich and highly expressive. Chalkiness and smoke all over this, with beautiful tropical fruit also chiming in. Pears, apricots, and lemon peel. Hazelnuts and honey.

I love these low dosage champagnes. Not always for the faint of heart but they can be so dang splendid. 3 g/l dosage and disgorged in June 2019, this spent 2 years on lees. Half Chardonnay from Sezanne, 30% Pinot from Avenay Val D’or, and the rest Meunier from Cuis, this has a fine pedigree and pure fruit. Terrific minerality and tension here.

The palate starts with fresh tropical fruit upfront. A little pineapple gets the party with more lemon and pears. Chalk, dried herbs, and oranges. Roasted nuts and yeast with spice on the medium to long finish.
— 16 days ago

Kevin, Dawn and 5 others liked this

Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend 2006

Excellent structure yet still fresh and light. Touch of crushed seashells and lots of toasted brioche that seemed to bring back memories... Great birthday bubbly — 3 days ago

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Charles Mignon

Cuvée Comte de Marne Rosé Brut Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir

An enchanting pale rose petal pink color in the glass. A fine perlage with plenty of small bubbles. A classic rosé nose with nice red fruits and a floral character. Black cherry dominate with cherry blossoms and wild strawberries. Fresh herbal aromas are underlying with hot buttered toast.

70/30 CH/PN from Grand Crus in Louvois, Bouzy, Avize, Cramant, and Chouilly, this has an impressive pedigree. Non vintage but a blend of a single year, this can withstand more time being left alone for a few years but it oh so pleasant right now. As much as I love the no or low dose champagnes, the 7 g/l is more than welcome here. Bright acid throughout.

There’s a definite intensity to the fruit on the palate. More of those nice red fruits occupy most of the attention here with a touch of chalky minerality. That familiar yeast makes a quick appearance backing up the herbs and spice. Immensely enjoyable.
— 11 days ago

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Trixie

Certainly looks appealing! Cheers!🥂

Vilmart & Cie

Cuvée Rubis 1er Cru Brut Champagne

Perfect for Valentine’s Day. First things first, this is a stunning salmon rose color in the glass. Persistent perlage with a creamy mousse. Tiny little bubbles. A terrific red fruit bouquet showcasing wild strawberry, orange peels, and red cherries. Purple flowers and dried herbs compliment. But I just cannot get over this striking color.

Pure sex in a bottle. Not dainty or waifish at all, there’s some serious muscle here to go along with the innate finesse. Disgorged 10/19 with a 9 g/l dosage, the striking acidity takes care of that and provides a smooth experience on the tongue. 90/10 PN/CH this is one of the standout Rosé champagnes around. Never cloying despite the dosage, everything here is perfectly balanced and structured. Just splendid really.

Sensual in the mouth, you get a full blast of red fruit on the palate. That 15% of still red wine really shows here. Grapefruit and dried cherries are dominant with a little strawberry joining in. Peaches and cream with herbs. Medium long finish. An outstanding grower that really is a cut above the rest.
— 21 days ago

Neil, Kevin and 8 others liked this

Gosset

15 Ans de Cave a Minima' Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Small bubbles a tiny bit of Carmel and orange a bit of oxidation in a good way. Soft and well balanced great body and acidity. Light toast — 18 hours ago

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Never had that one but the Gosset

Eric Rodez

Cuvée des Crayères Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Fabulous grower juice for hotpot night. Aromatics on point, great acidity & mousse, mid-palate is fruit fruit fruit. Medium finish. The aromatics bring this a cut above. #rodez — 2 days ago

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De Saint Gall

Cuvée Orpale Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2008

Wow, fantastic. Lovely leesy notes, vanilla, lemon chiffon, lemon oil, stony minerality. On the palate: excellent acidity, mousse is very fine, but a bit too dense...better with some swirling in the glass. Wet stone, lemon peel, vanilla and very nice tang. Nice long tangy finish. — 2 days ago

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Co-Op of Avize. Assuredly great material.

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

Millésime de Collection Special Club Champagne Chardonnay 2012

Really love the freshness of this champagne. Fine bubbles, great minerality and the lemony freshness really make this bubbly so fun to drink. Need more of this. — 4 hours ago

Peter, Vino and 3 others liked this

Dhondt-Grellet

Cramant Extra Brut Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de blancs

2016 base (70%) disgorged March 2019. Dosage 3g/l. Very nice champagne, but lacks in complexity to be really great. Maybe too young? — a day ago

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