Grower Champagnes will Delight the Artisan in You

Grower Champagnes are Special and Here’s Why

 

Do you like the taste and freshness of artisanal products from your local farmer’s market? Grower Champagnes are similar in the sense that these sparkling wines are crafted by the grape growers and their families—as opposed to more large-scale, automated producers. Each bottle of these grower Champagnes are reflective of hyper-specific origins: tiny vineyards, a specific cepage, and the particular methods of one Champagne family among many that dot the region. But where to start in the extremely compelling world of grower Champagnes? We asked suggestions for grower Champagnes from sales associates Erik Guzinski, Sam Davies, Josh Mizrahi, Tekla Israelson, Marcarthur Baralla, as well as assistant wine buyer Laura Mooney.

Nathalie Falmet “Tentation Rosé” Brut – 2010  $78.99
Rosé de Tentation borrows as much from Nuit-Saint-Georges as it does from the Aube. Made from the requisite Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, it macerates for 48 hours and treats the drinker to an aromatic, vinous wine with a wisp of juicy berry notes and a noticeable tannic structure. This is a gorgeous grower Champagne! – EG

Pierre Gimonnet, Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru, Brut – NV  $49.96
Grower Champagnes are like movies that aren’t “workshopped” to death by big time studios. There aren’t many of them, but the ones that make it are nothing short of miraculous. Shimmering acidity, lemon custard palate, and a refreshing aroma to boot. Pierre Gimonnet doesn’t give you the grower Champagne you want, he gives you the grower Champagne you need. – SD

Aubry, Brut – NV  $41.96
Here is your perfect entry point into the world of grower Champagnes. 100% stainless steel fermentation preserves the crisp fruit and helps give this a perfect toasty quality with plenty of depth. Made by the Aubry brothers in Montagne de Reims, this is real wine, made by real people. Not only is it better than Veuve or Moët, it’s less expensive, too. – JM

Veuve Fourny, 1er Cru, Grande Réserve Brut – NV  $44.99
The brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel Fourny carry on a family winegrowing tradition that dates back to the domaine’s start back in 1856. Their sustainably farmed vineyards produce fresh, fruit-driven grower Champagnes with the perfect balance of liveliness and freshness. – TI

Laherte Frères “Les Vignes d’Autrefois” Extra Brut – 2010  $59.96
Founded in 1889, Laherte Frères makes grower Champagnes that truly represent terroir. “Les Vignes D’Autrefois” is 100% Pinot Meunier and fermented in Burgundy barrels with no malolactic fermentation. The result is a transparent wine, full of minerality, with nice acidity. – MB

Vergnon “Eloquence” Blanc de Blancs, Extra Brut – NV  $52.96
An elegant grower Champagne from a small, family owned and operated producer. They achieve incredible quality fruit from the Grand Cru vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Impressive and age-worthy. – LM