Celebrate the Artisans: Grower Champagne
Grower champagne (or Récoltant Manipulant in French) generally refers to wines from the French Champagne region that are conceptualised, made and bottled by the same people who grew the grapes. Rather than purchasing grapes from elsewhere, the grapes used to make grower champagne are all from a single estate, which results in wines that are more compelling with more unique characteristics and variability.
Top Pick: Champagne Gratiot & Cie Almanach No.3 Brut Rose NV
The history of the Gratiot family can be traced back to 1868, and estate is now in its fifth generation. Even today, the family still inspects their 42 vine plots in seven villages spanning across 18 hectares.
Tasting Notes: fine bubbles with delicate aromas of red fruits. You will be seduced by this original cuvée that is light and festive.
Champagne Louis Dousset Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru 2008
Verzenay is a small village on the Montagne de Reims in the heart of the Champagne region. The family estate relies on the main principles of bio-dynamics and sustainable farming methods to produce their champagnes. This bottle has aromas of stewed fruit, dried flowers and spices mingled with notes of sloe gin and praline. A rich, powerful champagne with a warm and satisfying finish.
Champagne Miniere F&R Brut Zero NV
Grapevines have been cultivated in Hermonville since the 12th century, and the estate is currently in the fourth generation. Made up of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this wine has mild mineral, floral and yeasty notes with lasting acidity and a long, refreshing finish.
Champagne Pierre Baillette Coeur de Craie Verzenay Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2015
The winery only has 3.6 hectares of grand cru vineyards, producing 13,000 bottles per year. Made from Pinot Noir grapes and without pesticides, added yeast and almost no dosage, this champagne are full-bodied, high-acidity.
Champagne Aurore Casanova Puisieulx Grand Cru "Les Petites Vignes" Blanc de Noirs 2017
Aurore was a professional ballet dancer, but she left Zurich Opera House in 2011 to join her mother’s family winery that was established in 1968 in Montagne de Reims in the Champagne region. This champagne is made from 100% Pinot Noir with notes of tropical fruits, oak and stone fruits. Well-balanced in acidity with a long-lasting finish.