You should drink grower Champagne if you've forgotten that
Champagne is wine
$50 NV JEAN MILAN BLANC DE BLANCS Marne
This is everything that NV (Non-Vintage) Brut should be. With one, maybe two exceptions, this would wipe the floor with anything from any négoçiant. It’s so silken and fine, full of oleander, pumpernickel and mimosa, and the palate has exceptional grace and detail.
$50 NV Chartogne-Taillet Brut "St.Anne" Montage de Reims
50-50 Chard/PN (though there’s often a little Meunier depending on the details of each particular assemblage), disgorged 11/07; this is an excellent bottling of this most tasty and reliable Champagne; it’s the silkiest and finest yet; indeed really swank fizz, with its customary blend of leather and butter-sautéed apples.
$50 'NV' Guy Larmandier Brut Vertus
One of the really good, true cru Champagne growers.
$60 'NV' PIERRE PETERS "CUVEE DE RESERVE"BLANC DE BLANCS
$70 ‘NV’ CHRISTOPHE MIGNON BRUT ROSE PUR MEUNIER
This 100% Pinot Meunier Rose is fresh and lively with very fine bubbles. Cutrus and hints of caramel dominate the palate of this layered and extremely elegant rose.Disgroged March 2014.
$80 ‘2013’ CHRISTOPHE MIGNON BRUT NATURE
Fine bubbles with a part-wood, part-fruit aroma which complements perfectly the natural sugar dosage, the citrus fruit with notes of wheat sheaf, butter, brioche and almond.
$50 nv roger coulon “heri-hodie” brut
aged for three years prior to being disgorged; a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay; selected from vineyards situated in Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny. A modest dosage is applied at the time of disgorgement to render a fresh, floral, but still full-bodied Champagne.
$70 ‘2008’Henri Goutorbe Champagne Brut “Cuvée Millesime”
A sensational cuvee blended from 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir displaying nice fruity aromas and delicate, rich flavor.
$75 ‘2009’Champagne R. Geoffroy, Cumieres Rouge Millesime
Red-grape dominated cuvées from a locally warm microclimate create thrilling, vibrant, fruity Champagnes. Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy is the most fanatical wine-freak I know in Champagne and his wines reflect his enthusiasm.
The Geoffroy family has been growing grapes in the village of Cumieres since the 1600s where the majority (11 hectares) of their 14 hectares are planted. The remainder is planted to pinot munier in the village of Fleury-la-Riviere and a few small lots in the village of Damery. All of the individual parcels are vinified separately; all are fermented in enameled stainless steel, and some lots go into oak foudre. ~Terry Theise
$80 ‘nv’ Vilmart & Cie, Champagne Brut 1er Cru “Grand Cellier d'Or”
Vilmart & Cie. is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest champagne producers of any type in the region.”
-Peter Liem, Champagneguide.net
$55 ‘nv’ Champagne R. Geoffroy, Champagne 1er Cru Brut Expression
$35 champagne PAUL LAURENT BRUT NV
Looking for high-quality, affordable Champagne? Look no further than Paul Laurent! A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this wine follows traditional Champagne methods of vinification and is aged on its lees for a minimum of 18 months prior to release. The predominance of Pinot noir is apparent in the bright, berry fruit aromas and a rich, mouth-filling texture. The Chardonnay lends liveliness and provides its pleasantly long, clean finish.
"You should drink "farmer-fizz" if you'd rather buy Champagne from a farmer than a factory.
You should drink it if you'd rather have a wine expressive of vineyard, and the grower's own connection to vineyard, than a wine "formed" by a marketing swami who's studied to the Nth-degree what you can be persuaded to "consume." Do you really want to be reduced to a mere "consumer" when you can drink Champagne like a whole human being?
You should drink grower-Champagne if the individually distinctive flavors of terroir-driven wines matter more than the lowest-common-denominator pap served up by the mega conglomerates in the "luxury goods" business.
You should drink it because it's honest REAL wine grown and made by a vintner-by a FAMILY just like yours-by a "him," not by an "it." You should drink it because it's better to buy wine from a person than from a company.
You should drink it because its price is honestly based on what it costs to produce, not manipulated to account for massive PR and ad budgets, or to hold on to market-share.
You should drink grower-Champagne because, like all hand-crafted estate-bottled wines, it is not a mere Thing but is indeed a BEING, expressive of where it grew and who raised it. In drinking it you help protect DIVERSITY, and diversity leads to VITALITY. And if you'd rather eat a local field-ripened summer tomato rapturous with sweetness instead of some January tomato you buy at the supermarket hard as a stone and tasting of nothing, then you should be drinking farmer-fizz!"
- Terry Theise