We’re toasting to 2015 with growers Champagnes. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.
Growers Champagne producers bottle just a few thousand cases instead of several million. Working the distinctive soils of Champagne, they grow all of their own fruit and make wines of immense personality and character—a whole new world of sparkling finesse. Sometimes called "farmer fizz," the wines come from estates that have been producing Champagne for centuries. But now the younger generation of wine makers have embraced an artisanal approach, and they are making a big impact.
Check out the labels on the back of the bottles. It will tell you who selected and/or imported the Champagne. Most of the recommended bottles below are the selection of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Rosenthal Wine Merchant, Selection Becky Wasserman, and Terry Theise Estate Selections. These importers have exquisite taste, search high and low to find the finest wines, and stake their reputation on the producers they choose to represent.
A. Margaine "Special Club" Blanc de Blancs, Brut, 2002
Diebolt-Vallois à Cramant, Brut, NV
Godmé Père & Fils Blanc de Noirs, Brut, NV
Guy Larmandier Rosé, Brut, NV
J. Lassalle, Réserve Cachet d'Or, Brut, NV
Marc Hébrart "Sélection", Brut, NV
Paul Bara Grand Rosé, Brut, NV
Pehu-Simonet "Sélection" Brut, NV
Pierre Gimonnet et Fils "Cuvée Gastronome", Brut, 2004
René Geoffroy "Cuvée Expression", Brut, NV
Varnier-Fannière "Cuvée Saint Denis", Brut, NV
Veuve Fourny et Fils Grande Réserve, Brut, NV