Champagne & Sparkling Wine


'08 Juve y Camps, Cava, Reserva de la Familia, SP 

NV Duval Leroy, Brut, Champagne, FR 

NV L. Mawby, Jadore, Leelanau Peninsula, MI 

'11 Argyle, Brut, Willamette Valley, OR  

NV Louis Roederer, Brut Premier, Champagne, FR  

NV Veuve Clicquot, Brut, Champagne, FR 

'02 Montaudon, Brut Millesime, Riems, FR 

NV Bollinger, Special Cuvée, Brut, Champagne, FR 

Grower Champagnes

So what are Grower Champagnes?

As the name implies, Grower Champagnes are sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France that are produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grapes come. While large Champagne houses, such as Veuve, Moet, etc, may use grapes sourced from as many as 80 different vineyards, Grower Champagnes tend to be more terroir focused, being sourced from single or closely located vineyards around a village. The popularity of "Grower Champagnes" is a relatively recent phenomenon. As of 2008, these wines accounted for less than 3% of the Champagne market. A Grower Champagne can be identified by the initials RM (meaning Récoltant-Manipulant) on the wine label.

NV Marc Hebrart, 1er Cru, Selection, Brut Rose, Mareuil sur Ay 

NV Moussé Fils Cuveé Noir Reserve, Blanc de Noirs, Brut 

'06 Chartogne Taillet, Millesime, Merfy, Montagne de Reims

'06 Pierre Gimonnet, 1er Cru, Special Club, Côtes de Blancs