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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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Champagne Baudry Brut Tradition

The purity, intensity, and persistence of this pure pinot noir is impressive and made me sit up – figuratively – as soon as I tasted it. I offered a glass to Camilla, a waitress related to the Forlino Family that own No Menu, and although standing, she was visibly knocked …

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