The European Union and the United States have agreed on a mutual suspension for four months of the tariffs related to the aircraft disputes, and we believe that this is the first step to eradicating them altogether. The tariffs have been a major disruption to fine wine merchants, and we welcome their suspension.

Throughout the period, we have been focusing on Champagne which has not attracted tariffs and has become our most important category, as it has rapidly gained in interest with many that are coming over from Burgundy, with a similar enthusiasm for individual growers and vineyards. The best growers; own label champagnes offer great quality-for-value with an enormous amount of food-friendly wines of real depth and complexity. Many have potential for improvement in the cellar.

Growers' Champagne Discovery Case
We're regularly asked to recommend and assemble samplers for clients that sometimes don't know where to start, or would like to compare different grape blends, the villages and vineyard terroirs. For this, and to introduce these growers and their wines more comprehensively, we're pleased to offer a grower Champagne Discovery Case that is priced to promote and provide a ready opportunity for you to get to know some of today's best and brightest. These are each very fine growers that pull out all the stops to maximize the quality and the expression of the vineyard in their wines. Their work in the cellar is aimed at transferring as much of this potential as possible into the bottle - an approach that produces very interesting and authentic wines.

In Stock Now
Please see below, and let us know your interest - in stock and immediately available; all come highly recommended.

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J.L. Vergnon Brut Nature Murmure NV

VM 92

100% Chardonnay. A blend of fruit from Verts and Villeneuve. No dosage.

Larmandier-Bernier Extra Brut Latitude NV

VM 93

100% Chardonnay from Vertus. Base year vintage: 2016. Dosage 4 g/l.

Lilbert Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Perle NV

JG 92+

100% Chardonnay from Cramant. Base year vintage: 2015 (65%) and 2014 (35%). Dosage 3 g/l.

Miniere Blanc de Blancs Absolu NV

WA 94

100% Chardonnay from an ungrafted plot planted in 1972. Base year vintage: 2012. Dosage 5.5 g/l.

Pierre Moncuit Blanc de Blancs Brut Millesime 2010

VM 93

100% Chardonnay from Le Mesnil. Dosage 7 g/l.

Barrat Masson Extra Brut Grain d'Argile NV

WA 94

65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. Base year-vintage 2015 (25%) and 2016 (75%). No dosage.

Marie Courtin Extra Brut Resonance 2016

VM 92

100% Pinot Noir from a tiny parcel of 40 year-old vines in Polisot. No dosage.

Nathalie Falmet Brut NV

VM 92

80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from the Cote des Bar. Dosage 5 g/l.

Roger Coulon Extra Brut Brut L'Hommee NV

WA 94

33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier, 34% Chardonnay from Vrigny and Pargny. Dosage 3 g/l.

Gaston Chiquet Brut Cuvee de Reserve NV

VM 93

40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir. Dosage 8 g/l.

Varnier-Fanniere Brut Rose NV

VM 93

90% Chardonnay from Avize and Cramant and 10% Pinot Noir from Ambonnay. Dosage 10 g/l.

Veuve Fourny Brut Rose NV

WA 94

50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay from Vertus. Dosage 6 g/l.




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Cellaring Champagne
“If you are not actively buying and cellaring Champagne at the present time, you are missing out on a “golden age” for the region akin to what California was going through in the decade of the 1970s with cabernet sauvignon or Bordeaux went through in the decade of the 1980s and you are very, very likely to regret your oversight in the years to come.

Champagne is one of the consistently most age-worthy wines produced anywhere in the world and it deserves to be treated properly in this regard, with bottles purchased and laid down for five to ten years of bottle age, allowing the secondary and tertiary layers of complexity to fully emerge, the sometimes taut structural elements to relax and blossom and the wines to fully come into their own.

As the focus of the Champagne landscape has shifted from brand to domaine, vineyard and vigneron, the wines from this region have never been better, and this is true from the grandest of the Grandes Marques to the smallest, passionate vigneron, and we as consumers and collectors of these beautiful wines, need to adapt our perspectives to the exciting and dramatically changing realities of Champagne.

Gaining a greater appreciation of how these wines will evolve and
blossom in our cellars is a very good place to begin this understanding.

A Great Time to Build a Cellar
As I have written about pretty extensively in the past, but have not touched upon in recent iterations of this report, I still believe that Champagne remains one of the very best opportunities in the present day market for cellaring.

Too much of Champagne purchases tend to get drunk up within a few weeks (or hours) of
acquisition, and too many bottles still tend to be opened as celebratory wines or aperitifs for larger tastings of still wines.

Along these lines, I still want to encourage collectors to start thinking about putting more Champagne into the cellar and aging it in the same fashion as other wines in their collections. This exhortation is not directed exclusively at vintage-dated bottlings, but also the top quality non-vintage bottlings that we see more and more of in the market each and every year.”

John Gilman,
View From the Cellar

2266 Central Street #3

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