Independent Champagne Growers and Producers Showcase their Wines in NYC

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Hearth Restaurant, New York, New York February 20th, 2012

Ubifrance Champagne Tasting InviteConvivium Brands CEO Steve Seltzer recently attended a grower/producer Champagne tasting put on by Ubifrance at Hearth Restaurant in New York City.  All of the Houses were part of Les Champagnes de Vignerons, an organization established to represent about 5,000 independent wine growers and producers.

Unlike the big, well-known Champagne houses, these producers own their own vines and produce wines totally from their own fruit.  The result is more of an individual style of winemaking, with a more honest representation of the vintage and the vineyards.

Among our favorite Champagnes from the tasting:

  • Champagne Coessens' excellent "Largillier Les Sens Boisés", a cuvée that was vinified in small used oak barrels
  • Champagne Rémy Massin & Fils "Cuvée Aristide", a Brut non-vintage blend of 95% Pinot Noir and 5% Chardonnay
  • Champagne Georges de la Chappelle "Nostalgie", a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier that is aged for 5 years before release
  • Champagne Michel Gonet & Fils "Prestige 2004 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru", a 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay wine with zero dosage
  • Champagne Henriet-Bazin "2006 Grand Cru", a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay from Villers-Marmery, a village where 99% of the vineyards are Chardonnay
  • Champagne Bourdaire-Gallois "Symphonie Prestige", a blend of 40% Pinot Meuniere, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir with a low dosage that is disgorged as needed in small quanties
  • Champagne Mont D'Hor "Distinction Brut Reserve", a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier and wines from 5-9 years old, as well as the Innocence 2004 extra brut
  • Champagne J. Charpentier "Comte de Chenizot", a cuvée of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir


For more information on any of these wineries please contact Steve Seltzer.