Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 11/4/11

Hello and Happy Friday!

The Champagne value of the year is here!

It’s that time of year when we get together and celebrate the holidays with friends, family, and clients. What is better to celebrate with than Champagne?

Each year I spend a lot of time researching, drinking, and wheeling and dealing to bring you my pick for the best value in Champagne.

We all know that the Champagne region of France produces the best examples of sparkling wine in the world. Yet not everyone understands the amazing diversity of styles within the region due to its many intricacies.

This year is a lesson in the Aube, which is part of the Champagne region, and includes the prime growing region called the Côte des Bar. There is a hotbed of activity happening in the Aube, and in particular among the small artisan grower Champagne houses. This past July, wine writer Eric Asimov of the New York Times wrote a nice article about the region entitled “Champagne’s Servants Join the Masters.” I posted the link to my business Facebook page, and you should check it.
Since the Aube is gaining in notoriety, and since I just happen to love the featured Champagne, how could I not give this the top Perman Wine award – “The Champagne Value of the Year!”

I went to great lengths to bring this Champagne to our market, and am carrying it exclusively in the State of Illinois. Only 240 bottles are available, and I expect to sell out by years end.

Whether you are celebrating with friends or family or giving client gifts, this Champagne deserves a place in your holiday celebrations!



Winemaker Bertrand Brigandat produces a small range of Champagne from 7.5 hectares of vineyards in the Aube region. Producing around 55,000 bottles annually, the focus of the estate is naturally on the Pinot Noir varietal.

The winery is located in the village of Channes, occupying an old farmhouse. Brigandat is looking for an expressive and lively style of Pinot Noir and his Champagnes are fermented and aged in enameled steel tanks.

In the vineyard, Bertrand has played a major role on focusing on natural viticulture. While not certified organic or biodynamic, cover crops are planted in the vineyard, and the lunar calendar is followed for racking and bottling.

The N.V. Brut Tradition is made entirely of Pinot Noir from the villages of Les Riceys, Channes and Buxeuil. As with most small growers, 3/4 of the Champagne is made from a single vintage, with the rest coming from reserve wine.

The Pierre Brigandat Brut Tradition has a pure and expansive nose featuring black cherry and mineral notes. Dry and crisp with a continuation of red fruits, hints at citrus, and a long, vibrant finish. There is a sneaky concentration to this Champagne, and while it is a fun and fresh style, there is plenty of complexity.

You won’t want to miss this delicious Champagne – a truly exceptional value!
$37.99 BTL. / $455.88 CASE – ALSO AVAILABLE IN MAGNUMS, $79.99 PER MAG

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