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Champagne Classique

Champagne Classique

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We’ve selected three diverse expressions of Champagne from across the larger region. First a lovely Blanc de Blancs from the Côte de Blancs, then a Pinot Meunier heavy blend from the Vallée de la Marne, and finally a rosé all from Grand Cru Bouzy fruit from the Montagne de Reims. The diversity of Champagne available today is huge (and expanding) and these are 3 that we consistently find to be superb examples of their sub-regions, and more importantly damn tasty.

Diebolt-Vallois, Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
The families making up Diebolt-Vallois have been involved with Champagne production since before Champagne had bubbles. Needless to say, Diebolt-Vallois has greatly contributed to the character of what is recognized as traditional Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Classics are not trends! Aromatics of green apples, citrus peel and brioche lure you into a familiar creamy roundness with a racy backbone acid structure. The wine finishes crisp and chalky.

Gaston Chiquet, 'Tradition' Premier Cru Brut NV
Located in the Grande Vallée, the choicest sub-zone of the Vallée de la Marne. Gaston Chiquet puts much focus on the vines, and the house relies on sélection massale to naturally keep the yields low, and terroir expression upfront. 'Tradition' is a blend of 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Noir. The wines always go through malolactic fermentation, but are always raised in steel, and aged sur-lie in bottle for almost 4 years. A combination that allows for a complexity of both flavor and texture.

Pierre Paillard, ‘Les Terres Roses’ Bouzy Grand Cru NV
We are tempted to just right “yum,” and leave it at that. While everything beyond that is superfluous, that feels lazy. So here goes. 68% Chardonnay, 32% Pinot Noir (5% Bouzy Rouge which is still wine that is added for color). The base wine is 2018 with 3 years on the lees. The wine is simultaneously vinous and vibrant with notes of rose, brioche, white cherry, and citrus. The palate hits a little deeper with some cherry, almond, and citrus. Great creamy midpalate with a vibrant close.