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Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Demi-Sec

Champagne Joseph Perrier Managing Director Benjamin Fourmon (left) with Chef Guy Martin of the iconic Le Grand Vefour in Paris.  Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Demi-Sec A well-made Demi-Sec or off-dry champagne is delicious when the gentle sweetness is fruitiness rather than a sugary sensation. Joseph Perrier produces a thoroughly …

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Champagne Gosset Grande Réserve Brut

This is the oldest, continuous wine producer in Champagne, but not of the bubbly wine we know as champagne. The ancestry of the house goes back to 1584 when Pierre Gosset – an alderman of Aÿ – was a winemaker of still pinot noir and chardonnay. At the time, the …

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Champagne Chapuy Unique Oger Grand Cru 2014

This is the first vintage of a new cuvée from Champagne Chapuy, a family-owned, family-managed house located in the Grand Cru village of Oger. Elder sister Elodie is in charge of running the business while Aurore looks after the vineyards and winemaking. Although Champagne Chapuy also buys in grapes for …

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Champagne Henri Giraud Esprit Nature

Founded almost 400 years ago in 1625, Champagne Henri Giraud is particularly liked for its oaky, woody bubblies. Fortunately, this is not the case with Esprit Nature. “Nature” here does not refer to the wine being without dosage. Instead, it speaks of the spirit of the house being devoted to …

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Champagne Michel Lenique Brut Blanc de Blancs

Founded in 1768 by Alexandre Lenique (whose father was a grower) this small family producer is situated in Pierry just outside Epernay. In 1960, the founder’s descendant Michel added his Christian name to the brand. I had bought this directly from his daughter Corinne when visiting Pierry two years ago. …

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Champagne Alain Couvreur Blanc de Noirs Brut

This grower producer is located in Prouilly in the Marne. Alain Couvreur had founded the house in 1961 but the family had grown grapes and made barrels in the Massif de Saint-Thierry in the Vesle Valley – west of Reims – for five generations. Today, the Champagne House is represented …

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