Previous Tastings

La Fête du Champagne Day 1: Beauty in Mesnil with J. L Vergnon

La Fête du Champagne begins this Wednesday with the stunning wines of single-family producer, J.L Vergnon. The estate's east-facing vineyards on the slopes of the Cote des Blancs in Mesnil and Oger are planted over a layer of chalky subsoil, particularly suited to the Chardonnay variety. Read More »

La Fête du Champagne Day 2: Vouette & Sorbee + Emmanuel Brochet

The Fête continues on day 2 as we explore some of the champagnes of our favorite growers, starting with the Biodynamic estate Vouette & Sorbee. Certified since 2001, the grapes are some of the healthiest of the 2010 vintage, thanks no doubt to the intuitive, non-interventionist approach employed by conscientious grower Bertrand Gautherot in the vineyards and in the cellar. We'll taste both the Fidele, 100% Pinot Noir sourced from Kimmeridgian soils that's bottled without fining, filtration or dosage as well as the Saignee de Sorbee, a muscular, textural champagne made entirely through the Saignee method from whole cluster, carbonically macerated rose. Read More »

La Fête du Champagne Day 3: Lilbert,Tarlant Rose and Jacquesson

The bubbles continue flowing on Friday, starting with some rose from Tarlant, an estate situated near Epernay on a hillside in Marne in an area called Oeuilly. Red and white reserve wine is blended and fermented in a combination of stainless and barrel, resulting in bright aromatics, and extreme drinkability. Next up is Lilbert...This very small grower is a Chardonnay specialist based in the Grand Cru Village of Cramant. Focused, mineral driven Champagne that has a delicate texture and great elegance. Read More »

La Fête du Champagne Day 4: Lallement, Vilmart, Pierre Peters and more...

Jean Lallement may only have 4 hectares of vineyards split between Verzenay and Verzy but his wines are larger than life. Opulent, textural and sanguine, a portion of his 100% Pinot Noir rose (all from the 2009 vintage) is from still red wine, vinified in barrique by fellow Verzenay producer David Pehu Read More »