2017 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche
Lignier's Clos de la Roche is often mentioned in the same breath as the appellation's other benchmarks - Ponsot, Dujac, and Leroy.
Production of Lilbert's Perle is somewhere around 165 cases per release - a mere drop in Champagne terms.
It's a shame that finding the wine is so difficult. Perle stands as one of the greatest and most fascinating expressions of the Côte des Blancs.
Pascal Agrapart’s Champagnes are some of the most terroir expressive wines being made today.
From his vineyards in Avize, Agrapart makes three wines from what he considers to be the region’s three main terroirs: the up-slope, down-slope, and mid-slope. He then vinifies each wine in the exact same way to highlight their differences in terroir. Today, we focus on these three wines from the stunning 2013 vintage.
Simply put, Mugneret-Gibourg's 2017s are awesome. I've made every effort possible to land enough quantities of the wines for offers. Over the past few months, we've offered Vosne and the Nuits Chaignots. Today, I'm happy to present one of their Grand Crus, Ruchottes-Chambertin.
Ambonnay is holy ground for Champagne. Éric Rodez is currently making some of our favorite expressions of this Grand Cru. However, Rodez's work in a renowned terroir is only half of the story. Another important piece is his experience working with Krug.
Pascal Agrapart’s 2013 L'Avizoise Blanc de Blancs is a show-stopper. L'Avizoise is one of our favorite Champagnes. We love its balance of lavishness and electric minerality. It offers a crystal-clear expression of Chardonnay.
2016 is an epic vintage for Clos des Lambrays. It's clear that Clos des Lambrays is at the top of their game, and seeing Lambrays hitting on all eight cylinders is really exciting.
For many years, Lilbert's Perle has stood as one of our absolute favorite expressions of the Côte des Blancs. It's a wine that we immediately became obsessed with. The combination of old-vines, vinous depth and riveting sleek minerality is captivating.
Few producers in Champagne capture terroir with the level of mastery that Agrapart does. There's no vintage that proves this point as dramatically as 2008.
There is likely no grander, more soaring expression of red Burgundy than Chambertin. Few wines have blown my mind the way Chambertin consistently has.
"Larmandier-Bernier is one of the finest estates in the Côte des Blancs, producing wines of unusual detail and clarity of expression." -Peter Liem
The heights that Rousseau can achieve are simply magical.
It’s no secret that Pierre Peters is one of the top growers in all of Champagne. Peters’ mastery of the Côte des Blancs is nearly unparalleled - the wines flaunt incredible refinement, singularity and mineral-inflected elegance.
Corton-Charlemagne is one of the most captivating, complex and long-lived expressions of Chardonnay on earth. It combines richness and depth with an ethereal, featherweight elegance. The result is absolutely breathtaking.
There was a time when we were able to offer Mugneret-Gibourg's wines frequently. Those days have ended. The wines have become painfully hard to locate in quantity. Since the 2005 vintage, Mugneret-Gibourg's wines have blown up.