Grower Champagne

Palmer & Co

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay

Shay A

I’m between a 91-92 (same as I was for the Brut Reserve). After going through 6 of these and 6 brut reserve over the last year, I feel confident in the longevity of these Blanc de Blanc champagnes.

For a Blanc de Blanc, this shows plenty of yeasty/toasty notes with fleshy characteristics. Sea salted flaky honey buttered biscuits with lemon scone and honeysuckle aromatics. While the palate is similar, the finish is so drastically different than the rest of this champagne…almost too tart. Palate profile is rich with yellow fruits, kiss of nougat, and some classical limestone. The finish is just crazy underripe and again, tart. Razor sharp acidity. I think this is a champagne that benefits from time, whereas the Brut reserve is perfectly fine to consume now.
— 7 days ago

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Joshua Fisher

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You should get a job at a wine magazine Shay
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@Joshua Fisher : Ha. I appreciate that. Just love wine…and part of the nerdy aspects of it! Hope to catch you at Brasswood once or twice when out that way the first week of September.
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@Shay A Delectable just tagged this post of yours on their Instagram account. Kudos!

Bernard Gaucher

Brut Réserve Champagne

My first experience with this producer. 90% Pinot Noir and the balance Chardonnay. Popped and poured; consumed under an hour. On the nose, mostly fresh lemons and brioche. High intensity. On the palate, golden raspberries and lemon with chalky minerals and lightly toasted brioche. The acid is high…but there’s decent balance here. It’s not a particularly complex Champagne but it delivers very well as an aperitif. No disgorgement information on the label. — 12 days ago

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Laherte Frères

Ultradition Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne Chardonnay

Absolutely stellar grower/garagiste champagne. A standout among any bubblies we’ve had over the last few years. And an outstanding value - if you can find it! — 19 days ago

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Pol Roger

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend 2009

Nothing wrong here. Light, refreshing, good minerality with a touch of strawberry sweetness - perfect with a roasted bird for dinner. — 5 days ago

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Laherte Frères

Extra Brut Champagne Rosé De Pinot Meunier

A very pretty champagne in a very pretty package. A beautiful light salmon color. Preciously precise miniature bubbles and a nose that’s as fresh as it is generous. Rose petals and strawberries. Wet soil, dried cherries, and chalk. Blood oranges show after some air along with vanilla and spice.

When people ask me what is my favorite rosé, the answer is always unequivocally this lovely 100% Meunier from Aurelien Laherte. Biodynamic and natural, the purity of fruit here is undeniable. Use your big glasses to really give this to space to breathe and you’ll be rewarded. Low dosage of 2.5 but honestly you’ll never feel it. It’s so harmonious and so drinkable that a bottle never really lasts long.

Exquisite in the mouth showcasing its vinous nature and charm. More robust fruit on the palate along with salinity and subtle spice. High acidity but not searing with plenty of body. Seriously, just buy these anytime you see them. However many you have just isn’t enough.
— 4 days ago

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So pretty!🌸🥂


Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Legendary grower house that is powerful and precise. A sharply golden hue with little green flecks. This is all about refinement and grace. The nose is a real treat. Brioche and green apples. Light spice, brown sugar, and butter. A touch of caramel and coconut. Supremely intoxicating.

70/30 PN/CH from Grand Cru plots in Ambonnay and Verzenay. Aged 48 months and disgorged in July of 2020. This is so powerful that it puts so many other champagnes to shame. Fresh and crisp with lively acidity and perfect balance. Full bodied and complex.

The palate slaps you in the face with a fancy glove. Beautiful caramel and cooked butter. Apricots, vanilla wafers, and plums. Long finish featuring spice and minerality. Just a baby but still so good. High expectations and it surpasses them. Put these away for a while and let the finesse take over.
— 19 days ago

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Willie Carter

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@Neil Valenzuela My first! Truly remarkable
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@Willie Carter First of many!! 🥂
Jamie Lauder

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Great notes Willie.

Paul Dangin & Fils

Cuvée Carte Blanche Brut Champagne Chardonnay

Nose of bread, brioche and lemon, very inviting. The palate shows delicate bubbles, a nice and soft mouthfeel, a delicate lemon note all along and a vinous finish, very precise and somehow ample. Totally my kind of bubbly — 9 days ago

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Charles Ellner

Seduction Brut Champagne Blend 2006

Prior notes still apply, delicious bottle.

Nose has toasted brioche, grilled lemon, warm lemon creme, lemon zest, oxidized pear slice and fresh, rising bread dough. Palate has lemon pound cake, cold toast, limestone chips, dried lemon slice and (light) candied orange.
Great mid-palate, a restrained richness is all elegance, acid balance is perfect and not pulling you one way or another. At 15 years past vintage, a great example of finesse in Champagne.


On the Lawn at Tanglewood this evening with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Our Conductors Andris Nelsons and John Williams will be leading a very engaging program of Jessie MONTGOMERY (Starburst), John WILLIAMS (Violin Concerto No. 2, world premiere featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter!), COPLAND (Quiet City) and STRAVINSKY (Suite from The Firebird, 1919 version). We're getting the luxury of enjoying Mr. Williams two nights in a row...what a great weekend of Contemporary music!
— 5 days ago

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Philippe Fontaine

Cuvée Prestige Brut Champagne Blend

This bottle was provided by a friend at a recent outdoor social gathering. A very unusual blend of 40% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. In fact, I can’t recall ever having a champagne that was blended with more than three of the seven permissible varieties. I wish I had more time to spend with this wine but the setting wasn’t very conducive to a thorough analysis. That being said, I took some brief notes. Popped and poured; consumed under an hour. A pleasant mix of pear, lemon, citrus blossom with chalky minerals. The finish was round and quite saline…and rather delightful! Almost quaffable. This wine had a texture that sort of played with my ability to accurately judge the acidity but I settled on medium+…but I think the acid is pretty sneaky. The finish was long and satisfying. Probably my favorite bottle from Philipe Fontaine to date. No disgorgment date stated on the label. — 14 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice. Look for Perseval-Farge, they have a bottle (Les Goulats) that includes a majority of the odd varietals (Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Fromenteau aka Pinot Blanc/Gris).
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@Severn Goodwin interesting. I’ll keep an eye out. I recently read that Duval-Leroy has been periodically releasing a 100% Petit Meslier since 1998. Not sure any of it makes it to the States.
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@Jay Kline Great info to know, thanks for passing the tip.

Pol Roger

Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut Champagne 2004

This is so rich and decadent, has a yellow color with the slightest of oxidation tone, great balance and acidity, buried citrus notes under a prominent and rich buttery and nutty mid palate that ends flowery, long and complex. This ooozes its pedigree, and is its in infancy but oh so good now. Hold if you can. Should be a thrill in 5 to 7 years. — 5 days ago

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