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Countdown to the New Year: Sparkling Wine & Champagne Tasting Every Day

Every day until The New Year we’ll be sampling from our large and elaborate selection of small-production, sparkling wines and grower Champagnes from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards.

We’ll be featuring wines from some of the leading producers in their respective regions, from inexpensive yet intricate Cava from Spain to the foremost cuvées in Champagne with prices starting at $19.99.

These are the work of passionate small producers and individual growers who are deeply connected to the particularities of each of their vine parcels and believe that wine is made in the vineyard first. They craft wines that express terroir by rigorous work in the vineyards, picking fruit at its peak, and employing minimal intervention in the cellar.

From Spain we feature Raimon Badell of Celler Masia Can Tutusaus, who believes in making contemporary wines that respect Mediterranean culture without becoming mired in convention. And Raventós i Blanc, one of the few producers of Spanish sparkling wine at the same level of the top Grower/Producers of Champagne.

Of course we have a vast selection of wine from Champagne proper. Like brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet who operate their small but venerable house, Champagne Jacquesson, much like a grower operation. From the Côte des Blancs we have several cuvées from top Grower Erick De Sousa based in the Grand Cru of Avize. Just south of De Sousa in the Premier Cru of Vertus we have wines from renowned Growers Larmandier-Bernier and Veuve Fourny. And from the Aube region, the southernmost portion of Champagne, the succulent wines of Champagne Serge Mathieu.

For something a little more unusual, we have Thierry Germain‘s sparkling Chenin Blanc from Saumur and a wild sparkler made with Fiano and Aglianico from DeConciliis in Campania, Italy. We even have a Champagne Ratafia (fortified vin doux naturel dessert wine) from Guy Charlemagne.

Of course, if you are looking for that extra special bottle we also have a selection of the foremost cuvées in all of Champagne, including 1999 Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire2004 Salon2006 Pol Roger Winston Churchill, and 2005 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses, just to name a few.

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Posted on 2017.12.24 in Cava, Champagne, France, Saturday Sips, Spain DO

 

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