Miniere’s barrel-fermented champagnes are increasingly in connoisseur’s sights. Brothers Frédéric and Rodolphe Minière (hence F & R) only began to sell their champagnes in 2014 and made their own wine from only 3ha of their 8ha estate in Hermonville, north of Reims. The rest of the grapes were sold off but they are expanding each year from their current 25,000 bottles per annum. In such a short time they have received considerable admiration for their sleek and precise wines and already export modest amounts to the USA, Japan and Australia and have their first footholds in Sweden, Germany, Italy and S Korea. Frédéric worked for a time with Anselme Selosse and everything is barrel-fermented in various sizes of oak and held some 8 months on lees before bottling. Over half their vines are 40-70 years old, giving lower yield but more intense juice.
Highly regarded by champagne specialists but rather ‘insider’ until recently, Agnès Corbon’s 3.5ha include parcels in the western Marne Valley as well as the crowning glory of 2ha of Chardonnay in Avize Grand Cru where she is based. She took over the family domaine in 2006 and has fashioned new cuves. Her hallmark is long […]
Exclusive to the UK via Scala Wine, this producer sits in the elite of single estate (‘grower’) champagne. Jean-Pierre Vazart has 11ha of vines, all in the grand cru rated village Chouilly on the Cote des Blancs. All of his wines are therefore ‘grands crus’. Jean-Pierre is restless, driven, and obsesses about quality and the […]
This estate is the sole independent grower or RM (Récoltant-Manipulant) in Sillery Grand Cru. Yet this village in the 17th century was, with Aÿ, the most famous Champagne wine, then mostly still, not bubbly. Sillery, on the northern Montagne de Reims, normally Pinot Noir central, grows more (48%) Chardonnay than any grand cru outside the […]