Grower Champagne

Forget-Chemin

Special Club Brut Champagne 2010

How can one go wrong with a Special Club Grower Champagne? Forget Chemin was awarded for their 2010 vintage. It's nose has good toast and yeast. Bubbles are not too fine. Rich w red apples and pretty good finish. — 13 days ago

Jeff, Daniel P. and 1 other liked this

Billecart-Salmon

Sous Bois Brut Champagne

David Trumper
9.1

The Sous is oak fermented and then put into bottle. It must be neutral as you don't sense the oak It's full bodied with micro fizz. Poached pear, lemon parfait, citrus, lightly bruised red apple, silvered almond, butter, brioche, fig, steel core, nice subtle acidity with a round finish of cream soda/ginger ale. It's nice but doesn't fall deeply into my champagne wheel house. — 4 days ago

Jeff, Eric and 11 others liked this

Fleury Pere & Fils

Courteron Brut Champagne

David Trumper
9.2

If the Ruinart & Billecart Roses are just a little more than you want to spend on Rose champagne, this could be your huckleberry at 2/3 the price. It's just a little off their quality. This is more subtle than the Billecart with the fruit more similar to the Ruinart. Black raspberries, black cherries, strawberries, pomegranate, cherries, pink roses, crystalline chalkiness, delicate minerals, just a touch high on acidity and a polish that's very similar to both producers. A great value in quality Rose champagne. — 10 days ago

jesus, Sofia and 12 others liked this

Ruelle-Pertois

Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2008

Ryan Brazell
9.3

New grower for me. Sensible dosage for the vintage. Great texture. Showing only moderate development. Psyched for this one. — 11 days ago

Drew, Nick and 1 other liked this

Louis Roederer

Rosé Brut Champagne Blend

Gary Westby
9.1

Almost no vintage dated Champagne was made in the very wet, difficult 2011 harvest, this is one of the very few. This all estate grown wine is mostly direct macerated Pinot Noir from Cumieres blended with some North facing Chouilly Chardonnay. While not as concentrated or as lively in acidity as the 2010, this is still lovely rosé! — 4 days ago

Daniel P., Roy and 4 others liked this

Heidsieck & Co.

Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne Blend

A bit of a panty dropper with dosage on the higher side and nice creamy soft mousse on the palate.
Not terribly complex but just overall pleasing and a good contender for some affordable everyday bubbles.
— 4 days ago

Christine, David and 1 other liked this

Vouette et Sorbée

Fidéle Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir

Getting ready for NYE with this stunning wine, drinking it slowly and letting the bubbles dissipate allows it to truly express itself. Before exploring a few grower Champagnes recently I really had no interest in bubbles as I'd only experienced the large houses. Wines like Egly and Vouette are enlightening and make me want explore growers more, the Fidele is the entry level but by no means a simple wine, incredibly complex and intriguing, most importantly delicious! Disgorged Jan 2015. — 19 days ago

Ira, Aaron and 4 others liked this

Billecart-Salmon

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

Greg Ballington
9.2

Orangey pink with moderate lively. Excellent wine to start off the evenings activities. Fun and fruit but complex on the nose. Layered notes of citrus like tangerines and a mix tropical notes too. Refreshing and lively on the palate. Crisp acidity (6/10) and medium bodied. Tons of complex oranges and citrus. By complex we mean not overly fruity but layered. Lingering finish. Delicious Rosé champagne. Drink till 2022. — 9 days ago

David LKim StanbroSean Ballington
with David, Kim and 2 others
David, Kim and 31 others liked this

Soutiran

Signature Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Steve Matthiasson
9.4

Lemony and crystal clean, made by really nice people (which is an important part of the drinking experience, there is a lot of good wine out there, wine made by good people always tastes best). A perfect oyster pairing — 3 days ago

Eric, Scott and 22 others liked this