Champagne

2015 Gosset Grand Millesime Brut
2015 Gosset Grand Millesime Brut
Bigger and bolder that the Blanc de Blancs, as you might expect, this is a serious Champagne; with depth and power in reserve and the promise of a long lifetime. **** JR- The perfect blend of power and grace, there is wonderful energy to carry along what...
$119.99
NV Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut
NV Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut
This is the first appearance of Gosset’s Blanc de Blancs in our annual Champagne fest and it was a real stunner; with an ethereal quality, delicate minty spice and extremely fine bubble and texture.  **** JR- Wow.  This was the Champagne...
$106.99
NV Champagne Aubry Brut
NV Champagne Aubry Brut
FR-The Aubry Brut was the outlier in the tasting lineup; a truly artisanal Champagne that included some of the more obscure Champagne varieties in the blend.  It is tremendously rich, with an exotic floral and spice character that was particularly...
$54.99
JM Sélèque "Solessence" Extra Brut Rosé Champagne NV
JM Sélèque "Solessence" Extra Brut Rosé Champagne NV
FR-Echoing the sentiments above, Eric’s Rose is simply exquisite; with precisely-defined aromas, fruit, bubbles and acidity; all adding up to a remarkable experience.  Jean-Marc, following in the Jacquesson tradition, makes serious wines that...
$91.99
JM Seleque Champagne Extra Brut - Solessence Lot 20
JM Seleque Champagne Extra Brut - Solessence Lot 20
FR- I love the wines of Jean-Marc Seleque, definitely one of Champagne’s rising superstar producers.  Made in the Extra Brut style, this wine is the quintessential expression of Champagne’s unique chalky soil and mineral-driven acidity...
$73.99
Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvee
Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvee
One of my favorites of the entire lineup; the Bruno Paillard was complete in all aspects and incredibly balanced; flavorful but subtle, immediately appealing but structured for more bottle age.  ****+ JR- I can’t disagree with Frank, and it...
$71.99
Bruno Paillard Dosage Zero
Bruno Paillard Dosage Zero
FR-If you’re a fan of zero dosage wines, as I am, then this Champagne is for you.  It is strikingly dry, with mineral-like salinity and a purity that comes from no added sugar.  Precise and well-delineated, it will be magical with a few...
$89.99
2016 Billecart Salmon Extra Brut Champagne
2016 Billecart Salmon Extra Brut Champagne
This is probably THE wine of the tasting for me.  I wrote in my notes, “Extraordinary, great complexity and length of flavor.”  It was incredibly rich, polished and exquisitely structured for current consumption and future enjoyment...
$114.99
Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blanc
Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blanc
  All three of the Billecart Salmon wines were spectacular, beginning with this Blanc de Blancs cuvee.  Pure, lush fruit with brilliant freshness and youthful vivacity.  Simply gorgeous! ****JR- The Billecart wines were, across the broad,...
$114.99
2022 Cieck Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG
2022 Cieck Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG
The hillside vineyards of Caluso, right on the border between Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta, seem to defy gravity, perilously clinging to terraces built during Roman times.  It’s a stunning vista you almost have to see to believe. ...
$21.99
$19.99
Louis Casters Cuvee Superieure Brut Champagne
Louis Casters
Louis Casters Cuvee Superieure Brut Champagne
100% Pinot Meunier  This bottling of Louis Caster’s Cuvée Supérieure Brut is made from 100% Pinot Meunier, a bit unusual in that there is no Chardonnay or Pinot Noir in the blend.  It displays the broad, rich flavors of the...
$51.99
$49.99
Alexandra Sainz Brut Heritage Grand Cru Champagne
Alexandra Sainz
NV Alexandra Sainz Brut Heritage Grand Cru Champagne
Alexandra Sainz manages to run a Champagne house in Bouzy and a household in Walnut Creek, a major feat no matter how you look at it!  And her Champagnes are, frankly, amazing- real triumphs of style and class.  Both of Alex’s Champagnes...
$61.99
2013 Alexandra Sainz Millesime Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne
Alexandra Sainz
2013 Alexandra Sainz Millesime Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne
FR-The 2013 Sainz Millésime was one of the most popular wines in the lineup. It is fresh and vibrant with well-defined fruit flavors and extraordinary length.  With extended time on the lees and the addition of reserve wine, it’s a...
$73.99
Emile LeClere Brut Rose
Emile Leclere
Emile LeClere Brut Rose
FR- This Rose was one of last year’s biggest hits and though still just a baby, it displays brilliant fruit and lively acidity.   Like the Blanc de Blancs above, with a few weeks to recover from its ocean journey, it promises to be a...
$53.99
n.v.Emile Leclere Blanc de Blancs
Emile Leclere
n.v.Emile Leclere Blanc de Blancs
FR-My preferred style of Champagne is Blanc de Blancs and the Emile Leclere does not disappoint with its bright, crisp fruit and snappy finish.  Newly arrived, I think this wine will benefit greatly with a few weeks of rest. ***JR- This was one of...
$57.99
Jacques Chaput Brut Tradition Champagne
Jacques Chaput
Jacques Chaput Brut Tradition Champagne
PRIMA Notes:  Here is Jacques' non-vintage Brut Tradition, the best wine with which to get to know Jacques. A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, he ages it on its lees for over three years and finishes it with a light dosage of 6g/liter...
$54.99
$29.99