• Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2008 Willamette Valley AVA

    The Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2008 is a crowning achievement for Vintage American Grower Sparkling WIne. Bottle fermented and aged on yeast for ten years, this best wine of Argyle Extended Tirage Brut represents the culmination of Argyle winery’s ambition to create wines that endure. 

    Given that the Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2008 was produced in the WIllamette Valley of Oregon, United States, it is classified as a sparkling wine instead of champagne. Food that best goes with this brut sparkling wine are seafood like shellfish, crab and lobster. Absolutely delicious. 

    A beautiful sparkling wine that sings a beautiful song of elegance with each bubble released, the Argyle Extended Tirage Brut has a deep and creamy character. 

    TASTING NOTES

    With the sparkling harvest lasting three weeks and drawn out into mid-October, the 2008 Extended Tirage Brut wine is bursting with a crisp acidity and red fruit flavours. As it is aged upon the lees for 10 years before disgorgement, the vintage sparkling wine is impressive for its depth and creamy layers of texture.

    Grilled plum, red cherry, honey and orange rind are layered with the mature complexity of brioche and roast nuts, bringing harmony to a graceful and elegant finish. There is also a touch of saltine cracker, though with more Pinot Noir in the mix, this brut sparkling wine delivers complexity on the palate. 

    VINTAGE NOTES

    The 2008 growing season was considered a ‘late bloomer’. A very dry, cold spring delayed any flowering until July rather than the traditional June time frame. August brought the much needed rainfall – more rain in August than any one month of March, April or May. As usually happens, the predicted rain in October was called off and dry Indian summer weather took hold. Ripening and picking occurred at a nice, even pack. The last day of picking for these champagne grapes was October 29th. 

    VINIFICATION NOTES

    Composition 63% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay
    Harvest Date September 27 – October 16, 2008
    Brix at Harvest 19.6
    Alcohol % by Volume 12.5%
    Dosage 4 g/L
    Barrel Aging 25% Neutral Barrel, 75% Stainless Steel
    Malolactic 25% Malolactic Fermentation
    Cases Produced 1300
    Disgorgement Date July, 2018

    This fantastic bottle of bubbly wine is worth every sip. There’s a reason it is one of the best sparkling wines in the market and seeing as it is vintage, the limited number of bottles available for public consumption makes it a must have in your collection!

    Check out our virtual tasting with Argyle Winery & their chief winemaker

  • Marc Hebrart Mes Favorites

    Jean-Paul Hebrart put together a blend of his favourite ‘old vine’ collected from the premier cru of Mareuil-sur-Ay and called it his ‘Mes Favorites’. The Hebrart estate is located in the premier cru and the vines are all about five decades old. A mix of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay of a blend of three vintage champagne grapes from the years 2014, 2013 and 2012. This is the essence of a Mareuil. 

    Well worth seeking out, the Marc Hebrart Mes Favorites, is a new cuvée for Hébrart. Derived from superior, south-facing sites in Mareuil-sur-Ay, it is from highly favoured parcels in Mareuil and is intended as a tribute to its terroir. With its truly noble Pinot Noir fragrance, it leads to an utter masterpiece of weightless concentration, as huge and yet as penetrable as a cumulus cloud. 

    Clearly a great champagne, it is also somewhat inscrutable. It has some of the malt of Aÿ, some Mirabelle confiture, an almost gingery spice and top notes of chalk. This wine has great, gossamer opulence.

    Marc Hebrart Mes Favorites party with Marc Hebrart Mes Favorites
    Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

    ON THE NOSE

    Aromas of apples, pears, tangerine, white flowers, spice and pastry cream waft from the glass onto the nose. Others have described it as a bouquet full of autumn forest, yellow plums, physalis, toast and hints of vanilla. 

    TASTING NOTES

    Medium to full bodied, on the palate it is concentrated and nicely structured with a good cut and dry extract. As a house style, the charm of this best champagne indeed captures the attention of vintage champagne drinkers. A best champagne for weddings, the Marc Hebrart Mes Favorites is expressive and full of character with minerals with excellent acidity.

    Food pairings that go splendidly with this champagne include pork, rich fish such as salmon and tuna, shellfish and mild and soft cheese. 

    The prestigious ‘La Revue du Vin de France’ has bestowed ‘Mes Favorites’ the coveted ‘Coup de Coeur’ award, sealing it as the best champagne in the world. 

    Cépage 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay
    Assemblage 60% 2014, 20% 2013, 20% 2012
    Vintage New vintage
    Village/vineyard Mareuil-sur-Aÿ 1er Cru All old vine sélection massale from Faubourg
    d’Enfer, Pruche, Côtes, Haute de Varille, Croix Blanches-Maladrie,
    Beauregard, Ramonette, Buisson
    Saint Loup, Sente de Demoiselles
    Malo Yes
    Élevage Stainless steel, sur latte 24 months
    Dégorgement April 2018 – July 2019 (6.5M)

    Excellent value for money, the acidity of this really good champagne is a great buy. Absolutely lovely and a favourite not just for Jean-Paul Hebrart, but for everyone, everywhere.

  • Ode to Pearls – Sparkling Albarino, Edna Valley

    Born three generations prior, this is my fate, my quest, my cadre – John H. Niven

    PLACE

    This limited sparkling wine originates from the same SIP Certified Sustainable block that goes into the Sea Queen Albarino. These sparkling wine grapes, however, are picked at a lower ripeness level. 

    It embraces Albarino’s ability to soak up all the elements of the sea both above and below the ground. Grown just 5.5 miles from the Pacific, this wine brand demonstrates why the Edna Valley has proven to be the New World home of Albarino. 

    There is no doubt that Albarino has found its home in the Edna Valley and it is only highly fitting that the exploration of the varietal has found its way into a micro production of a zero dosage sparkling wine bottle. Albarino speaks to the nearby Pacific and is loaded with lively natural acidity. A sip brings drinkers to the sound of waves in the sea. 

    AROMATICS

    The Ode to Pearls has a wine aroma that is exotic and a one of a kind, best sparkling wine that rewards the senses. An explosion of lively green apple, citrus and salty baking spices hits the nose. Floral notes of jasmine and ginger are there with a sense of depth. This bottle of wine evolves as the effervescents keep the aromatics of this wine in a constant evolution. 

    PALATE

    The zero-dosage element of this favourite wine has it dancing on the palate form start to finish. It is alive with an array of citrus, mineral and spice. Up front, it is almost a sensory overload but when you come back down to earth, the taste of citrus, brine and stone fruit settle in with an exotic fruity element that leaves you to sit back and take in its rewarding evolution. The Ode to Pearls is a micro production wine, ensuring that it is a limited edition wine, that is sure to keep the senses in a deep state of satisfying intrigue. 

    COMPOSITION 100% Albarino

    AVA Edna Valley

    VINEYARD Paragon

    VINE AGE 10 years

    FARMING Sip certified sustainable

    HARVEST DATE 9.8.17

    FERMENTATION & AGING Neutral oak barrel fermentation & base wine aging

    BOTTLING DATE 4.25.18
    DISGORGE DATE 6.4.20

    DOSAGE Zero

    ML 0%
    TA 7.48 g/L

    PH 3.02

    ALCOHOL 13.7%

    The Ode to Pearls sparkling wine is a one of a kind, enjoyable and satisfies the palate. Buy a bottle today and enjoy the bubbles with friends and family. 

  • Leclerc Briant, 2013 Vintage: Champagne Millesime Extra Brut 2013

    In 1872, Lucien Leclerc founded the business in the village of Cumières and moved it, in 1955, to the Chemin de la Chaude Rulle in Epernay. Thanks to Bertrand Leclerc, who is the great grandson of the founder, the name Leclerc Briant came about.

    Wine Description

    The Leclerc Briant was an early adopter of organic practices beginning in the 1960s and pioneered the concept of single-vineyard Champagne starting in the 1970s, making this one of the most popular champagne brands. Fifth generation vigneron, Pascal Leclerc began to follow biodynamic principles in 1988, with part of the production Demeter certified since 2003. Today, enologist Hervé Jestin continues the legacy and tradition of this visionary house. 

    Ten hectares are divided between the Premier Cru villages of Cumières, Hautvillers, Mareuil Sur-Aÿ, Bisseuil in the Vallée de la Marne, Villers-Allerand and Rilly la Montagne in Montagne de Reims and the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil Sur Oger in the Côte des Blancs. Leclerc Briant also holds long-term contracts with another 8 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards.

    The Leclerc Briant is a vintage champagne 2013 produced from 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier from the Premier Cru village of  Cumières. Champagne fermentation and aging lasts for about 7 to 8 months in a combination of oak barrels (15%) and stainless steel cement tanks followed by 5 years aging in bottle sur lattes. The wine received a low dosage and is bone dry on the champagne dry scale with just 4.9 grams per liter of residual sugar.

    TASTING NOTES 

    This extra brut champagne shows surprising richness thanks to 80 to 100 months aging on its lees before disgorgement and the ripe character that comes with a declared vintage. An expansive nose of lemon curd, white flowers, and bread notes leads to a palate that shows a mouth-coating richness and a lingering saltiness on the finish. 

    FOOD PAIRING

    Gastronomic champagne is the goal of Leclerc Briant. All their sparkling wines and champagne are intended to accompany fine cuisine. This bubbles champagne is absolutely superb with full-flavoured dishes of considerable weight such as lobster or crayfish served with toasted brioche or sauteed turbot with pureed root vegetables. A classic rabbit with a mustard sauce or roasted chicken would both match the weight of this texturally rich champagne. 

    Leclerc Briant, 2013 Vintage: Champagne Millesime Extra Brut 2013 champagne to pair with roast chicken
    Photo by Any Lane from Pexels

    VINEYARD AND PRODUCTION INFO

    Bottles produced of this wine 10,000

    WINE MAKING & AGING

    Varietal composition 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier

    Fermentation container Stainless steel tanks

    Fining agent None

    Type of aging container Stainless steel tanks

    Length of bottle aging 5 years

    ANALYTICAL DATA

    Alcohol 12.0%

    pH level 3.0

    Residual sugar 4.9 g/L

    Acidity 5.2 g/L

    Dry extract 23.5 g/L

    Total SO2 16.0 mg/L

    Enjoy this bottle now with your friends and family! Buy a bottle for maximum enjoyment.

  • O.G 2011 Brut Nature

    The champagne brand J.L. Vergnon was founded by Jean-Louis Vergnon in 1950 in Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger. A Grand Cru village in the renowned Côte des Blancs, Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger is located in the homeland of the oldest and best Chardonnay in the whole of France. 

    O.G 2011 Brut Nature Grand Cru village
    Photo by Erfan Parhizi on Unsplash

    Now, J.L Vergnon owns around 7 hectares of land in the region of 100% best chardonnay wine grapes classified as Grand Cru. The Vergnon family counts on the enologist Christophe Costante to determine the style of Cuvée Blanc de Blancs with low dosages, hand-made degorgement and strong attention to grape ripeness. Annual production from J.L. Vergnon averages about 50,000 bottles, keeping it at one of the best wine houses in the Champagne region. 

    The Champagne O.G. 2011 by Jean Louis Vergnon is a Blanc de Blancs made from 100% Chardonnay from a single parcel, named Chemin de Flavigny (lieu-dit), that was planted in 1965. This vintage champagne is unique with fermentation in barrique and 48 months on its yeasts and brut nature. 

    This single plot vintage cuvée, Chemin de Flavigny, will surprise you with its aromatic and gourmet expression that rounds it up, making it the best champagne for a celebration! 

    Champagne Color: Lemon yellow with a small bead of foam on the surface. 

    Nose: Pastry flavours and orange zest. Then more complex with wheat, white fruit, toast and coffee.

    Mouth: Fresh and round, vinosity and volume in the mouth. Finale with flavours of biscuits and almonds. It is distinguished from other champagne wines by its greedy and round side. 

    Grapes Grand Cru 100% Chardonnay

    Grape Plot Single plot from Oger: Chemin de Flavigny

    Vintage Year 2011

    Aging Vinification and ageing in steel tank. Bottling in July 2012. 5 years in 

    Cellar before disgorging

    Dosage Dosage Brut Nature: 0 g/L

    Production 3,121 bottles only

    Aging potential 10 to 20 years

    Best drunk at Temperature of 9 to 10°C

    You do not want to miss out on this best vintage champagne. The fabulous taste just outdoes itself all the time. Buy a bottle today. 

  • Review #6 | Champagne Boizel, Brut, Réserve, NV, Èpernay, Champagne, France

    Review #6 | Champagne Boizel, Brut, Réserve, NV, Èpernay, Champagne, France IMG 0715 2

    “A Family.  A House.  A Tradition”

    The Boizel Family has been producing champagne since 1834 and is now in its 5th generation. The house has survived two World Wars, Phylloxera, a global pandemic (Spanish flu) and a global market crash.  History of grape growing and wine production dates back to the 16th century for the matriarch of this house, Julie Martin. What is incredible and something rarely done in the 1800’s was that both of their last names were incorporated into the label to show a true partnership, “Boizel-Martin.” 

    The Brut Reserve is a gorgeous expression of the house, only 1st press juice (the cuvee) is used, never secondary pressings, and provides a powerful champagne from the large amount of Pinot Noir used (55%) with 30% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier. Their champagnes are always more than double the mandatory aging; in this case, the Reserve is aged between 3-4 years in their cellars and 30% reserve wine added for richness and complexity.  There is a lot of honey crisp apple and toasted bread qualities along with ripe apricot, apple compote, and toasted almonds. I love this champagne by itself, with a lighter meal, or honestly, even a cigar.

  • Review #5 | Champagne Tribaut, 2009, L’authentique, Romery, France

    Review #5 | Champagne Tribaut, 2009, L’authentique, Romery, France Tribaut

    We love bringing in different styles and types of champagne from small producers that you’ve never heard of.  You CANNOT get any more quality for value than this incredible champagne from Tribaut-Schloesser.

    The Tribaut style is ripe and juicy. This sunny vintage champagne was all aged in large oak casks (foudres). Grapes come from both the Marne Valley (including Ay) and from the Montagne de Reims. You will notice beautiful notes of pear and plum, along with vanilla and caramel.  Only 2493 bottles were made!

    A champagne to impress everyone from your neighbor to the Queen.  You choose who you want to Fizz with!

  • Review #4 | Nicolas Feuillatte, Cuvee 225, 2005, Chouilly, France

    Review #4 | Nicolas Feuillatte, Cuvee 225, 2005, Chouilly, France Nicolas Feuillatte 2005

    Nicolas Feuillatte is a rather well known name in the states with their entry level, “Reserve Exclusive.” While a lovely entry level champagne, we wanted to bring one of their top bottles to our Reserve & Baller Club members and show what a high caliber and special wine this house can create.

    Feuillatte is a cooperative champagne house, meaning that they have many members who give their grapes to one wine maker and he creates the blend from their grapes. This can provide an impressive assortment of grapes to choose from where the possibilities of what can be created are almost limitless.

    This expression of Cuvee 225 is purely sumptuous and rich. If you want to taste what being rich tastes like….this is your gal. This cuvee gets its name from the 225 liter barrels that this wine is fermented in. This provides rich, round, and complex flavors. The oak supports the evolution of the wine and grape selection…which is comprised exclusively of Grand Cru and Premier Cru grapes, e.g. the creme de la creme! Vanilla ripe yellow fruits, and candied lemon and orange slices intermingle in the flavor profile. The finish is long and decadent. This is not a bottle you will ever find in stores….but then again…none of our fizz club bottles are 😉