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Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Produce of 100% Chardonnay from grand cru vineyards near Le Mesnil‑sur‑Oger, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs — holy ground for lovers of the finest Champagne. This bottling represents some 2⁄3 of the production of the very well‑run cooperative that is Champagne Le Mesnil. Brilliant platinum/gold in color, this Brut Blanc de Blancs has a lovely harmony of elements, fresh and most enticing and inviting aromas suggestive of melon, cool of the morning grape plucked from the vine, buttered biscuit and flower pollen; nice medium‑full mousse, then expansive on the tongue and supremely flavorful, its crisp fresh chalky dry finish just begging another delicious pull.

$40.00 the bottle  $408.00 the case
$22.50 the 375ml half-bottle  $229.56 the case of 12
$87.50 the 1.5-litre magnum  $223.14 the case of 3
$250.00 the 3-litre double magnum



Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur

Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur

Champagne Ayala was established in Aÿ in 1860 in the heart of the vineyards of Champagne. Independent and family‑owned, it is still today an archetype of a great and historic house, producing top quality sparkling wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance. Produce of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, Champagne Ayala's calling card Brut Majeur offers aromas suggesting oven-fresh buttered biscuit with a dash of the best lemon curd, crisp green apple and le miel de fleurs blanches all on a backdrop of wine-moistened chalk; ample on entry, round, tactile, with presence and power in reserve but retaining a certain lightness of being, then crisp and chalky dry with flavors a delicate reprise of its alluring aromatic sweep.

$37.50 the bottle  $382.56 the case



Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

In the year 1818, Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon were married, following which they decided to found Maison Billecart-Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, the family’s home town. Subsequently, Nicolas François joined forces with Louis Salmon, his wife’s brother. He oversaw all the commercial activity whilst his brother-in-law, who was passionate about oenology, dedicated himself to the creation of the wines. In the 1970s, Jean Roland-Billecart began to pursue the production of a Brut Rosé, his objective to create a Champagne pale in colour with flavour distinguished by its freshness and subtle notes of red berries. The gamble paid off and the Brut Rosé Non-Vintage has since become the flagship cuvée of the house. And Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé is now long a favorite of our discerning clientèle. Attractive copper pink to silver at the rim in color with cool come hither aromas suggestive of fresh berries and cream, a hint of wintergreen and toasted baguette; an immediate presence on the tongue, ample in body and nicely rounded with a generous froth engaging, almost embracing the palate; chalky dry and intensely fresh and flavorful to the finish, an absolute joy of a sparkling wine.

$95.00 the bottle  $969.00 the case



2014 Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Cristal

2014 Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Cristal

Cristal is the flagship cuvée of Champagne Louis Roederer, originally created by Louis Roederer, II at the urging of the Tsar Alexander, II of Russia in 1876. It is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay fruit sourced from 45 lieux‑dits in the 7 grands crus of Verzenay, Verzy, Beaumont‑sur‑Vesle, Ay, Avize, Mesnil‑sur‑Oger and Cramant; aromas redolent of grape and chalky soils and raw breed; potent and impactful from the get‑go, tightly wound, chalky dry, spherical in shape, again, potent and impactful on the palate long on the finish.

$375.00 the bottle  $1,912.50 the case of 6



Champagne J. Lassalle Brut Préférence 1er Cru

Champagne J. Lassalle Brut Préférence 1er Cru

Jules Lassalle established this family-owned Champagne house in 1942 in the village of Chigny-les-Roses in the Montagne de Reims. A master of his craft, he established a signature style of elegant, tightly knit wines with a certain ampleur. When he passed away in 1982 his wife, Olga, and their daughter, Chantal Decelle-Lassalle, stepped in and took over the estate, upholding Jules’ high standards and progressively pushing the domaine to the next level. In 2006 Chantal’s daughter, Angéline Templier, joined the estate as winemaker. Their tradition of "une femme, un esprit, un style" remains. The intrepid wine explorer, Kermit Lynch, was the first to begin importing such artisanal, grower Champagne some 50(ish) years ago in the 1970s. Produce of approximately 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from 16 hectares of vines on average 50 years of age near Chigny‑lès‑Roses in the Montagne de Reims. Shimmering platinum/gold (Andrea's keen sight picked up rose/gold) in color with a wealth of steady, exuberant tiny bubbles that form a halo at the surface in our favorite Champagne glass; ultra-fresh aromas suggestive of orchard fruits in the cool of a late summer's morning at 45°‑plus North (Glenn also noted suggestion of peach cobbler just in the oven); pristine, laser-like focus on the tongue, supremely balanced with both nerve and grace and flavors that discreetly reprise those fresh orchard fruit aromas and maybe add a little citrus, reflecting the magic of grapes grown on those hallowed chalky soils; all said, this is a stimulating, wholly refreshing and mouthwateringly delicious bubbly.

$50.00 the bottle  $510.00 the case

- with information paraphrased from the importer, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


Champagne Pol Roger Brut Réserve

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Réserve

Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few grande marque Champagne houses that remain family owned and operated. Pol Roger Brut Réserve (White Foil) is produced from the first pressing only of fruit from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, about ⅓ each Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs, Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims, and Pinot Meunier from Vallée de la Marne and Petite Valle d'Epernay: pale gold in color with an ultra‑fine bead; flowery, delicately toasty aroma; creamy textured, then supremely balanced on the tongue with a dry, well-rounded and harmonious finish that so elegantly cajoles another pull. We find it delectable. And, if it is true that a Champagne house be judged by the quality and consistency of their house Brut, then the house of Pol Roger, in our humble estimation, ranks among those at the very top.

$57.50 the bottle  $588.56 the case



Champagne Delamotte Brut

Champagne Delamotte Brut

The elegant mineral style of the venerable house of Delamotte is based on a preponderance of Chardonnay from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Oger together with Pinot noir from Bouzy, Tours-sur-Marne and Ambonnay, with just a dash of Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne. Aged on the lees for 30 to 36 months, Delamotte Brut receives only a slight dosage. Delicately toasty, ultra-fresh aromas suggest flesh of green apple and crisp pear, hazelnut cream, with hints of white flowers and lemon peel; a joyous equilibrious mouthfilling frothy feel on the tongue, at once powerful and harmonious, mineral and just toasty, with an agreeable freshness and potency of flavor that carry on long and oh so pleasingly on the tongue.

$47.50 the bottle  $242.28 the case of 6



Champagne José Dhondt Brut Blanc de Blancs

Champagne José Dhondt Brut Blanc de Blancs

José Dhondt is a third-generation winegrower at the helm of this small estate on the main road in Oger. Dhondt’s grandfather came to the Champagne region from Belgium in 1924; José himself has been making wine here since 1976 after returning to the family estate in 1973 following his military service. Dhondt owns 5 hectares of vines, primarily in Oger but also a little in the neighboring village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and also in Saudoy in the Sézanne, where he grows both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His winemaking facility is located on the outskirts of the village, housing a traditional Coquard vertical press along with a full array of temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks that he uses for fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is always carried out here, to balance the naturally high acidity of the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. One of our first favorites in the category of 'grower' Champagne, we've been recommending the José Dhondt Brut Blanc de Blancs for years, and for good reason, this is a consistently delicious bottling and demonstrable value in Champagne from a dedicated, talented grower: shimmering yellow/gold in color with a stream of excited bubbles racing from the point mousse of our favorite Champagne glass; hyper-fresh aromas suggesting orchard fruits and brioche just in the oven, then something like lemon curd on lightly toasted baguette (Andrea noted suggestion of chamomile and jasmine tea); at once both fresh and light on its feet and sumptuous and satisfying, filling the mouth with just a wealth of frothy, almost pithy mineral refreshingness.

$47.50 the bottle  $484.56 the case

- with information paraphrased from Peter Liem, www.champagneguide.net


Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Laurent-Perrier are one of only a few houses with such a high reputation for their sparkling rosé production. Tasting this for the first time in too, too long, we now understand the pourquoi of it more completely. Produce of 100% Pinot Noir fruit from 10 different crus mainly in the Montagne de Reims, the wine demonstrates a brilliant array of pinks in color like some of those available in the finest 'city of the violet crown' sunsets; alluringly fresh and decidedly red-berry fruits on the nose; Henry noted crunchy red fruits on the palate, too, and a blood orange like citrus quality; Ian noted a saline and citrus quality; and there is an overarching sense of equilibrium with this wine that makes it a most affable and quaffable affair, finishing with a flourish of freshness and flavor. Strange as it may seem for us to say, pink Champagne is no sure thing. Champagne Laurent-Perrier, on the other hand, make it look like une promenade dans le parc. Laissez couler le Champagne rosé!

$87.50 the bottle  $446.28 the case of 6
$212.50 the 1.5-litre magnum  $541.89 the case 3



Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut La Cuvée

Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut

Characterized by a high proportion of Chardonnay which provides a natural purity, freshness and elegance, Laurent-Perrier Brut La Cuvée is produce of about 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier from somewhere near 50 individual crus, with an average échelle des crus rating of 94% and with up to 30% of reserve wines, ensuring a balance and certain consistency of style. Notably, 750ml bottles are aged for a minimum of 4 years, magnums for 5 years prior to release. Pale golden in colour with a steady flow of fine and persistent bubbles; delicate yet complex aromas hint at a fine brioche just in the oven, moist kimmeridgian limestone (imagine summer rainfall on crushed oyster shells), candied citrus peel and white orchard fruits (Laurent-Perrier themselves note peche de vigne); ample and keenly balanced on the tongue with mouthwatering stone-infused toast and white fruit flavors that emerge through the refreshing froth on the tongue, finishing hyper-fresh, open, expressive and just deliciously.

$57.50 the bottle  $293.28 the case of 6

$22.50 the 375ml  $229.56 the case 12



Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve is produce of about ⅓ each Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from a selection of approximately 60 different crus individually vinified in stainless steel. The blend contains a high proportion of about 40% reserve wines an equal mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and between 5 and 15 years of age. Luminous yellow golden in color with a wealth of fine bubbles; full, toasty, doughy aromas; rich and round on the palate, sumptuous even, with a freshening zest of citrus on the finish. Brut Réserve is the splendid calling card of Champagne Charles Heidsieck.

$50.00 the bottle  $255.00 the case of 6



Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française

Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française

Taittinger utilize some 40% of Chardonnay fruit in crafting their maison Brut La Française, lending a certain refinement to the wine, characteristic of the house style. Subtle, pale gold in color with a fine steady bead of ultra fine bubbles; delicate lemon and limestone aromas, with nuance of stone fruits and pastry dough; a fine froth broadens out balanced and well-rounded, almost spherical on the tongue with delicate toast and citrus flavors; finishing deliciously crisp and dry. Très élégant, trés raffiné, très Taittinger!

$57.50 the bottle  $293.28 the case of 6


All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


More Champagne

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750   Ayala, Champagne L. Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur $37.50
12 750   Barnaut, Champagne Champagne Barnaut Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Bouzy $60.00
6 750   Bérêche & Fils, Champagne Champagne Bérêche & Fils Brut Réserve $65.00
12 375   Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé $57.50
12 750   Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé $95.00
3 1500   Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé $217.50
6 750   Bollinger, Champagne Champagne Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée $65.00
6 750 2013 Bollinger, Champagne Champagne Bollinger B13 Millésime $157.50
6 750 2014 Bollinger, Champagne Champagne Bollinger Brut Grande Année $162.50
3 1500 2014 Bollinger, Champagne Champagne Bollinger Brut Grande Année $387.50
12 750   Billiot et Fils, Champagne Champagne Billiot et Fils Brut Cuvée Laetitia Grand Cru Ambonnay $105.00
12 750   Billiot et Fils, Champagne Champagne Billiot et Fils Brut Rosé Grand Cru Ambonnay $60.00
6 750   Delamotte, Champagne Champagne Delamotte Brut $47.50
12 750   Dhondt, Champagne José Champagne José Dhondt Brut Blanc de Blancs $47.50
12 750   Gosset, Champagne Christian Champagne Christian Gosset Brut A01 Grand Cru Aÿ $67.50
6 750   Gratien, Champagne Alfred Champagne Alfred Gratien Brut $57.50
6 750   Gratien, Champagne Alfred Champagne Alfred Gratien Brut Cuvée Paradis $125.00
6 750   Heidsieck, Champagne Charles Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve $50.00
6 750   Heidsieck, Champagne Charles Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé Réserve $57.50
6 750   Jacquesson, Champagne Champagne Jacquesson Extra Brut Cuvée № 744 $82.50
12 750   Lallement et Fils, Champagne Jean Champagne Jean Lallement et Fils Brut Cuvée Réserve Grand Cru Verzenay $60.00
12 750   Lallement et Fils, Champagne Jean Champagne Jean Lallement et Fils Brut Grand Cru Verzenay Réserve Rosé $62.50
12 750   Lassalle, Champagne J. Champagne J. Lassalle Brut Cuvée Préférence $50.00
12 375   Laurent-Perrier, Champagne Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut La Cuvée $22.50
6 750   Laurent-Perrier, Champagne Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut La Cuvée $57.50
6 750   Laurent-Perrier, Champagne Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Rosé $87.50
3 1500   Laurent-Perrier, Champagne Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Rosé $212.50
3 750   Laurent-Perrier, Champagne Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée $175.00
12 750   Lilbert-Fils, Champagne Champagne Lilbert-Fils Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cramant $70.00
12 375   Margaine, Champagne A. Champagne A. Margaine Demi-Sec 1er Cru $27.50
12 750   Margaine, Champagne A. Champagne A. Margaine Demi-Sec 1er Cru $55.00
12 375   Mesnil, Champagne Le Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $22.50
12 750   Mesnil, Champagne Le Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $40.00
6 1500   Mesnil, Champagne Le Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $87.50
12 750 2013 Mesnil, Champagne Le Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $50.00
12 750   Moncuit, Champagne Pierre Champagne Pierre Moncuit Brut Blanc de Blancs Hugues de Coulmet Grand Cru $50.00
12 375   Moncuit, Champagne Pierre Champagne Pierre Moncuit Brut Blanc de Blancs Pierre Moncuit-Delos Grand Cru $35.00
12 750   Moncuit, Champagne Pierre Champagne Pierre Moncuit Brut Blanc de Blancs Pierre Moncuit-Delos Grand Cru $57.50
6 750   Paillard, Champagne Bruno Champagne Bruno Paillard Extra Brut Première Cuvée $50.00
6 750 2014 Roederer, Champagne Louis Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Cristal $375.00
12 375   Palmer & Co, Champagne Champagne Palmer & Co Brut Réserve $29.99
12 750   Pol Roger, Champagne Champagne Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve $57.50
12 750   Sublime, Champagne Champagne Sublime Brut Rosé Grand Cru $50.00
6 750   Taittinger, Champagne Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française $57.50
6 750 2011 Taittinger, Champagne Champagne Taittinger Brut Grands Crus Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne $225.00

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.

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