I am such a Champagne junkie! 3 new Champagnes came in today, all in magnum format.
- 2006 Mandois Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Premier Cru – Hey you négociant-phobes. Cut it out. Just because you buy grapes doesn’t make you boring or mean that you make bad Champagne. Henri Mandois is a really good “négoce,” based in the village of Pierry. Their vintage Blanc de Blancs comes from estate owned vineyards in the villages of Pierry, Chouilly and Vertus. This is really good juice, and because it is direct imported into Chicago, it is a steal. 1.5 ml bottles for only $89.99 per magnum. Remember this is vintage stuff folks! S-T-E-A-L
- 2006 José Dhondt Champagne Blanc de Blancs “Mes Vieilles Vignes,” Grand Cru – Never heard of José Dhondt? Not surprising given that he is a 5 ha estate, with production averaging 50,000 bottles a year. Based in the village of Oger in the Côte des Blancs he is obviously a Chardonnay specialist. Here is his top cuvée from old-vines mainly in the Grand Cru village of Oger. So intensely citric, it just oozes deliciousness! Magnums are great to age, and you can purchase one for $131.99 per magnum.
- NV Camille Savès Champagne “Carte Blanche” – This is “Bad Ass” Bouzy! Bouzy is Pinot Noir country, and Camille Savès rocks it out with Pinot Noir. The “Carte Blanche” comes from Bouzy, as well as other villages in the Montagne de Reims. It is 3/4 Pinot Noir and 1/4 Chardonnay. Red fruit galore! $131.99 per magnum.