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We are excited to offer these 'grower's-own' champagnes from top producers in a range of styles and quality levels for immediate shipment.

The revolution in champagne is complete.
While it may still superficially appear that the Grande Marques houses have all the cash and all the influence, the best growers have overturned decades, indeed centuries, of established order to command far more attention and excitement among the critics, bloggers and humble champagne-drinkers alike.
This movement has taken champagne away from the rather opaque monied world of the luxury brands into a vigorous domain of wines that speak of their terroir, the grapes they are made from, and the personality, style and enthusiasm of the people that make them.
The grower's wines are more opulent or more precise, according to style and site. They are almost all more 'vinous' - simply put; they taste more of wine than the apply/yeasty biscuity style of the best grande marques, but they all show ambition to show character over the desire for prestige.

We have just received this fine assembly from some of the best small growers, including arguably the most important and impressive of all, Laurent Champs' Vilmart, including his incomparable Coeur de Cuvee from the 2007 vintage and his superb vintage wine, the Grand Cellier d'Or from 2011.
Milan and Marguet have a well deserved reputation while Aubry is perhaps less well-known but makes delicious rich wines.
There's a great range of wines available from generic blends to single vineyards and single varieties. Mignon's Pur Meunier Nature is one of the wines that defines and carries the torch of the campaign to recognize this 'lesser grape' as a worthy equal of the dominant chardonnay and pinot noir.

Our prices are razor-sharp on these wines. Part of the selection process in assembling this offer was to ensure that we would not include a wine unless we had a market-leading price. The prices deserve comparison and are often substantially lower than even the sharpest competition.

These wines are ready to ship. We can beat the weather by using insulated styro and cool bricks if necessary.
Vilmart, Coeur de Cuvee 2007
$119 per bottle
95 points Vinous: 'Interestingly, the 2007 Coeur de Cuvée comes across as a bit more youthful than the 2008 tasted alongside it. Another year in bottle seems to have only brought out the wine's freshness and energy. Freshly cut flowers, pears, mint and almonds are some of the signatures, but it is the wine's vivacity that I find most striking today. The 2007 is a bit less creamy and multi-dimensional than the 2008, but it is impressive just the same. Disgorged May, 2014. (Drink between 2016-2027)'

Vilmart, Grend Cellier d'Or 2011
$79 per bottle
93 points Burghound "Vilmart & Cie Brut "Grand Cellier d'Or" 1er Cru  A strikingly elegant and pure if restrained nose combines high-toned wisps of yeast, plenty of citrus elements, green apple and a touch of brioche. The elegance of the nose continues on the beautifully refined flavors that possess a lilting mouth feel thanks to the super-fine mousse, all wrapped in an impressively complex, balanced and harmonious finale that is notably dry but not austere. If your taste runs to sophisticated Champagnes, this would make an excellent choice though I do underscore that this could use a few more years of bottle age. (Drink starting 2021)"

Aubry, Sable Rosé 2012
$69 per bottle
91 points Vinous: "The pale-colored 2012 Brut Sablé Rosé Nicolas Francois Aubry is striking in its beauty. The non-dosage style adds briskness, but there is just enough richness to the fruit to balance things out. Cranberry, white pepper and chalky notes add lift and overall precision. The 2012 is 30% Meunier and Pino Noir done in a co-fermentation, along with 25% Petit Meslier, 20% Arbanne, 10% Chardonnay and 5% still Meunier fermented as red wine. Disgorged: January 2016. (Drink between 2016-2024)"

Aubry, Aubry de Humbert Brut 2008
$59 per bottle
94 points Vinous: "The 2008 Brut Nature Aubry de Humbert is one of the standouts in a range full of exciting wines. Dried lemon peel, chamomile, dried flowers, yellow orchard fruits and a kiss of French oak all inform this resonant, deeply expressive Champagne. The Aubrey de Humbert is one of the more extroverted and overly powerful wines in the Aubry range but it has plenty of the freshness, verve and detail that makes these Champagnes so compelling. The blend is 30% each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with dollops of Arbanne and Petit Meslier that round out the blend. Disgorged in June 2016 with no dosage. (Drink between 2019-2028)"

Jean Milan, Grande Reserve 1864 NV
$59 per bottle
92 points Vinous: "The NV Brut Grand Réserve is vivid, creamy and super-expressive from the very first taste. As is often the case with the Milan Champagnes, the aromatics are bright and high-toned. Even so, there is plenty of supporting depth to give the wine its superb balance. This is one of the best new releases I have tasted from the Milan family in some time. The current release is equal parts 2008 and 2007 from 35 year-old vines in Oger. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: June 2016. (Drink between 2016-2026)"

Moussé, Terre d'Illite Blanc de Noirs 2010
$49 per bottle
90 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brut Terres D’Illite, 95% Pinot Meunier and 5% Pinot Noir from Cuisles, offers lovely texture and pliancy throughout. Scents of hazelnut, dried pear, mint and wild flowers add nuance on the supple, expressive finish. This is a very pretty wine from Moussé Fils. Dosage is 5 grams/liter. Disgorged: January 2014. (Drink between 2015-2020)

Christophe Mignon, Pur Meunier Brut Nature
$45 per bottle
92 points Vinous: The NV Brut Nature Blanc de Noirs Pur Meunier is a very pretty wine, but it also needs at least several hours of aeration to be at its most expressive. Time brings out striking aromatic presence and tons of Meunier character. Dried orchard fruit, spice, wild flowers and almonds build in a beautifully focused, vibrant NV Champagne that captures the essence of Christophe Mignon’s deeply personal style. The current release is a blend of equal parts 2015 and 2014. No dosage. Disgorged: July 25, 2019. (Drink between 2020-2028)

Margaine Extra Brut NV
$45 per bottle
90+ points John GIlman: As I mentioned last year, the Arnaud Margaine Extra Brut is actually a Blanc de Blancs bottling, but it does not state this anywhere on the label. The vins clairs for this cuvée do not go through malo. The bouquet of the new release wafts from the glass in a mix of pear, apple, fresh-baked bread, chalky soil and gentle smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and very nicely balanced, with a good core, frothy mousse, lovely focus and a long, crisp and complex finish. I would guess the dosage here is around three grams per liter and the wine really works nicely at the table. (Drink between 2016-2030)

Jean Lallemant, Brut NV
$39 per bottle
90 points Burghound: A distinctly yeasty nose of Granny Smith apple and citrus peel aromas precedes attractively intense flavors where the intensity is accentuated by a firm effervescence, all wrapped in a clean, crisp and moderately dry finish that offers good if not truly special depth. There is good volume and overall, this is pretty but for the SRP $14 difference, the Cuvée Reserve offers more bang for your money. (Drink starting 2013)

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