THURSDAY, December 7th, 6-9pm
$20, fee waived with $100 purchase
Bénédicte Leroy’s parents were sheep farmers who settled in Champagne in 1975. In the 1980s they planted some grapes and started selling to the cooperative. Little by little, they created a domaine which today is four hectares, not including the garden and small pasture they kept for their own animals. In 2009, Bénédicte took over the domaine. She converted to organics and started bottling her own wine. The family’s commitment to simplicity led them to make wine completely without additives. They are now the only domaine in Champagne that bottles all of their wines without additions: no sugar and no sulfur. Needless to say, we are obsessed. We commence the flight with a lovely Blanc de Noirs from Piollot: organically farmed and no sugar added. It’s our go-to champagne for holiday parties, luxurious brunches, and impromptu sabering.
Champagne Piollot Come de Tallants $45
100% Pinot Noir. Grown on a single-acre parcel on a hill with direct southern exposure. Organic farming. 5000 bottles produced.
Champagne Ruppert-Leroy 11, 12, 13 $63
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The first non-vintage cuvée, it is a solera-style blend of reserve wines from 2011, 2012, and (you guessed it) 2013. Saline grapefruit and a bit more evolved flavors from the reserve wines.
Champagne Ruppert-Leroy Fosse-Grely $70
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay from red clay soils. The richest cuvée of 2013, combining zesty citrus and lime curd to make a well-balanced, powerful Champagne. 2300 bottles produced
Champagne Ruppert-Leroy Les Cognaux $72
100% Pinot Noir from gray clay soils. Bursting with almond blossom and fresh cream flavors, aromatic and fresh on the palate. 2600 bottles produced.
Champagne Ruppert-Leroy Martin Fontaine $78
100% Chardonnay from white limestone soils. Exotic citrus flavors backed up by mid-palate richness. 3000 bottles produced.