The Young Turks of Champagne
These winemakers represent what moi, Henri, calls the “generational shift” in Champagne. All the myths and pretense about Champagne are turned upside down and these charming Frenchmen (in this case, but also women) are putting common sense wine logic back into a region driven by commerce and scale.
Growers such as these are bringing Champagne back onto the trajectory it followed centuries ago, like its neighbors in Burgundy and the Rhone where quality was synonymous with more specific terroir & place names, not broader regions. They are also focused on organic and biodynamic principles.
Each of these Champagnes are highly limited in production.
A vôtre santé!
Henri's Top 10 Gifts
PS Discover new Champagne houses every month with my Champagne-of-the-Month Clubs
The gift box alone says "Joie de Champagne" and bon vivant! Each box holds one bottle. Illustration by Margaret Hurst.
From Wine Spectator's 2017 Top Champagne list. Alexandre Chartogne runs his family's house established in 1683.
The Champagne House of Marguet is located in Ambonnay surrounded by the famous cities of Reims, Epernay and Châlons-en-Champagne. A union of two Champagne houses, Champagne Marguet was formed in 1875. Fifth generation, Benoît Marguet coverted the vineyards to biodynamic farming in 2009.
From the "Golden Child" of Champagne...
“V&C has a cult following for its refined, elegant Champagnes”. - Food & Wine ~ 95pts from Wine Spectator
Vilmart's cult following wax poetically about this Cuvée. Justly called "Coeur de Cuvée" - literally too, as the very best juice at the heart of the pressing is used for this Champagne.