It’s that time of year again! Time to stock the cellar with plenty of Champagne for the upcoming holiday season! We have curated a list of Grower Champagnes that are perennial favorites. These selections are at their best prices of the year for the month of October, with many of them priced at a 10 to 15% discount. Now is the time to put together a case or two and stock up.
We believe that while Champagne is especially fun and festive at this time of the year, it should be embraced as a versatile, food-friendly wine that can be enjoyed all year long. You can pair Champagne with everything from hors d’oeuvres, to steak, seafood and even dessert. Cheese almost always makes its way into the appetizers for a large party and the refreshing acidity and bubbles in Champagne cut right through the richness and saltiness of any assortment of cheeses, from Brie to Stilton. Likewise, Champagne pairs beautifully with shellfish and will also cut through the richness of a juicy steak.
This is a set of favorites that are especially good deals this month! We will continue to add to our Champagne offerings as we get closer to the holidays and while this is not an exhaustive list of what we will offer, these are some of the very best at the best prices!
Champagne L. Aubry et Fils
Philippe and Pierre Aubry run their family estate in the Premier Cru village of Jouy-lès-Reims, located in the western part of the Montagne de Reims. The family traces winegrowing to 1790 and are well known for growing ancient grape varieties still permitted in the Champagne A.O.C. Aubry’s wines are original and individual, representing flavors that fall outside of the typical profile of Champagne.
NV L. Aubry et Fils Brut Premier Cru, $39 per bottle
91 Points, Wine Spectator: A distinctive Champagne, structured by firm acidity and lightly wooly in texture, with notes of whole-wheat toast, dried raspberry, candied orange peel and hints of fresh chamomile and thyme. Minerally finish. Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Disgorged July 2023. Drink now through 2026. 3,750 cases imported. – Alison Napjus, November 2023 Issue
Champagne Gaston Chiquet
“This is one of the finest grower-estates in the Grande Vallée de la Marne. Chiquet’s wines combine a generous depth of fruit with a pronounced character of place — if you want to know what the wines of the Grande Vallée should feel like, these are an excellent introduction.” – Peter Liem, champagneguide.net
NV Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs Aÿ Grand Cru, $50 per bottle
91 Points, Wine Spectator: With its lively, lacy mousse and well-cut acidity, this balanced Champagne would serve well as an aperitif, while its fine mesh and focused creamed apple, biscuit, preserved lemon and minerally brine flavors also recommend this to food. Try with fresh-shucked oysters or other shellfish. Disgorged December 2022. Drink now. 650 cases imported. – Alison Napjus, November 2023 Issue
NV Gaston Chiquet Brut Cuvée De Réserve Premier Cru, $53 per bottle
91 Points, Wine Spectator: A mouthwatering Champagne, with a streak of chalky minerality underscoring flavors of ripe green apple and black raspberry fruit, toasted almond and blood orange gelée. Floral finish. Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Disgorged October 2022. Drink now. 200 cases imported. – Alison Napjus, November 2023 Issue
Champagne José Dhondt
José Dhondt’s holdings span 5 hectares of vineyards, predominantly in the Grand Cru villages of Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Dhondt crafts Champagnes renowned for their refined and elegant character: often described as ethereal, with a weightless quality and a delicate, creamy effervescence, they are also revered for their vibrancy, razor-sharp acidity and silky texture. We always love the Blanc de Blancs, year after year!
NV José Dhondt Blanc de Blancs Brut, $52 per bottle
93 Points, Wine Spectator: A vibrant blanc de blancs in a harmonious frame, this deftly knits a chiseled spine of acidity with raw silklike texture and flavors of plumped white cherry, salted almond, crystallized honey and white blossoms. Mouthwatering finish. Disgorged October 2021. Drink now through 2025. 2,000 cases made, 520 cases imported. – Alison Napjus, December 2022 Issue
Champagne Marc Hébrart
Hébrart’s wines have a broad appeal: if you like to think about your wines, they’re intellectually engaging enough to satisfy you; on the other hand, if you’re just looking to drink, they’re simply delicious. The wines are full and generous without being weighty, complex and soil-driven without being demanding.
Marc Hébrart Cuvée de Réserve Brut, $49 per bottle
90 Points, Wine Advocate: …exhibiting notes of crisp orchard fruit, fresh peach, orange oil and white flowers. Medium-bodied, fleshy and precise, with a pretty core of fruit that’s framed by bright acids and complemented by a pillowy mousse, it would make for an immensely charming aperitif. – William Kelley, March 2021
NV Marc Hébrart Rosé Brut Premier Cru, $55 per bottle
Possibly the dreamiest and most pleasing Grower Rosé Champagne on the market. Hébrart Rosé is a blend of 60% Chardonnay with 40% Pinot Noir, all from the premier cru village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Juicy and bright but still delicate and chalky, each glass is bursting with flavors of ripe strawberry and raspberry, orange peel, and almond. This is truly a Champagne for everyone, neither expert nor novice can help but smile with every sip.
NV Marc Hébrart Mareuil-sur-Ay Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes Premier Cru, $69 per bottle
92 Points, Wine Advocate: …Wafting from the glass with aromas of pear, white flowers, blanched almonds and Meyer lemon, it’s medium to full-bodied, bright and pillowy, with a pretty core of fruit, lively acids and a refined mousse. Once again, it derives from superior, south-facing sites in Mareuil-sur-Ay that also inform his Special Club bottling. – William Kelley, March 2021
David Pehu, the fourth generation to lead this estate produces wines are glossy and fleshy. He has 7.5 hectares of which 6 are Grand Cru. Pehu bottles only Grand Cru Champagne and so the 1.5 hectares of 1er Cru Chardonnay is sold off. His vineyards are an impressive collection: Verzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Sillery and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger!
NV Pehu-Simonet Face Nord Brut, $47 per bottle
92 Points, Wine Spectator: A mouthwatering Champagne, with a fine, raw silk–like texture, this shows ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavors and appealing accents of pink grapefruit granita, blood orange peel and salted almond. Lightly chalky on the finish. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Disgorged November 2022. Drink now through 2026. – Alison Napjus, November 2023 Issue
Champagne René Geoffroy
“The Geoffroy family have been winemakers since the seventeenth century and the property has stayed in the family for almost 400 years, uninterrupted…When you talk to the well-educated young Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy, you understand that this is a family that cares passionately about wine.” -Richard Juhlin, 4000 Champagnes
NV René Geoffroy Expression Brut Premier Cru, $47 per bottle
92 Points, Vinous Media: The NV Brut Expression is a beautiful wine. A fine line of acidity runs through the Expression, lending notable brightness and cut throughout. Orchard fruit, spice, mint and dried flowers are all beautifully delineated in a Champagne that impresses for its transparency and cut. I loved it. – Antonio Galloni
Champagne Vilmart & Cie
“Vilmart & Cie. is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest Champagne producers of any type in the region.” – Peter Liem, champagneguide.net
NV Vilmart & Cie Grande Réserve Premier Cru, $49 per bottle
92 Points, Wine Spectator: A bright, harmonious Champagne, with a lovely vibrancy to the finely detailed bead that effortlessly carries the flavor range, including crunchy Asian pear, tangerine and slivered almond notes that show hints of grated ginger and elderflower. Ends with a lasting, creamy finish. – Alison Napjus, October 2021 Issue
NV Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Cru, $64 per bottle
94 Points, Wine Spectator: A sculpted Champagne, rich but still elegant, with well-honed acidity and a panoply of flavors set on the raw silklike mousse. Delivers grilled macadamia nut and biscuit, white cherry and nectarine fruit, crystallized honey, lime blossom, star anise and smoke accents. Long, salty finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Disgorged January 2023. Drink now through 2033. 700 cases imported. – Alison Napjus, November 2023 Issue
2014 Vilmart & Cie Rosé Emotion, $149 per bottle
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: The 2014 Champagne Emotion Rosé Brut is a salmon hue with a light orange tinge. The nose is floral with rose petal, apricot, raspberry, and bread dough. The palate is dry, with a great balance of fruit, and it is savory for the style, with peach and orange zest. Drink 2023-2035. – Audrey Frick, November 2022
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