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“Light yellow-gold. Orange and pear aromas are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and honeysuckle. Silky in texture and nicely precise, with juicy orchard fruit flavors and a tangy note of Meyer lemon. Dry but in no way austere. Blends depth and energy smoothly and finishes with excellent clarity and nervy cut.”

91 points – International Wine Cellar (Stephan Tanzer)

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The Pierre Péters estate, situated in the heart of the “Côte des Blancs” in the village of Le Mesnil sur Oger, has been a family house for six generations and has produced Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagnes since 1919.

Champagne grower-producer, the wines come exclusively from own vineyards. The house currently operates just over 19 hectares of Chardonnay, mainly located in the communes of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant.

The family has developed from generation to generation, its own selection of grapes (mass selection). They have been able to maintain and age vineyards which are now 30-years old on average. Each year in respect of the environment, they adapt the cultivation methods to obtain healthy grapes. so that The Champagne expresses more precisely the richness, subtlety and the elegance of the great “terroirs” of the Côte des Blancs.

Les Chétillons
This is the name of our special vintage which refers to a beautiful “lieu-dit”, a place found in the Grand Cru village of le Mesnil sur Oger. They  own three plots of old vines (aged over 45 years), acquired in 1930. Each parcel is vinified separately and blended to produce a single vineyard vintage. All the power and the minerality of the Mesnil’s calcareous soil is expressed in this wine produced since 1971. Its reputation has surpassed estate borders and even Michael Edwards himself describes Les Chétillons as “one of the most beautiful pieces of land of Champagne.

“The Grand Brut Cuvee Les Chétillons articulates its mineral birthplace with greater precision than anywhere in Champagne outside the thundering single vineyards of Krug itself, and no vintage expresses this more exhilaratingly than 2008. Its length is in another league, navigating undeterred for minutes, propelled by an acid line that shimmers like jet exhaust.”

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91 Points | Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , December 2009

($49; L630357149) Bright yellow-gold with a slow bead. Deep, musky pear, peach skin and yellow plum on the nose. Sappy and full, offering gently sweet pit fruit and pear flavors that pick up a smoky note with air. Comes across as drier than the last couple of releases under this label, with a touch of finishing bitterness and a lingering note of spicecake.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
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winemaker’s notes:
Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is the standard-bearer for the house style of Laurent-Perrier. Crisp, fresh and elegant, Brut L-P reflects the fundamental essence of our Champagnes.The color is a pale golden hue, with fine and persistent bubbles. The nose is fresh and delicate, showing good complexity with hints of citrus and white fruit. Brut L-P’s light style has led the way to making Champagne the ideal aperitif drink. Its perfect balance, crispness of flavors and finesse also make it the ideal companion for fish, poultry and white meat.
critical acclaim:
“Lovely. Candied citrus, ginger and mineral aromas and flavors integrate well with the lightweight, elegant frame. Beautifully displayed, from start to the long finish. Drink now.”
-Wine Spectator:  90 points
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89 Points | Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November 2012

(100% pinot noir; L23PY106250):  Bright orange-pink.  Powerful aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, fresh flowers and Asian spices, with a toasty element in the background.  Intense red fruit flavors are braced by tangy acidity and pick up notes of anise and toasty lees with air.  Bright and racy on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and persistence.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
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A very elegant Champagne that has a fine mousse, with a lovely, fine and biscuity character on the nose and palate which lasts through to the finish. Made from Pinot Noir this wine has a mature biscuity nose and a full clean palate with hints of ripe apple.

Marc Hebrart and his wife started making Champagne in 1963, adding to the land little by little due to the high price of land in Champagne. In 1983, their son Jean-Paul started his own small production. In 1997 the family created E.A.R.L. Champagne Hebrart by merging the two enterprises together, making Jean-Paul the director of the company.

Winemaker’s Notes:
The signature are there, and there’s a stealthy richness on the mid-palate; with five minutes in the glass it really exhales. A sumptuous yet articulate wine.

Critical Acclaim:
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits – “As Michael Engelmann of The Modern in NYC said, “If you know about wine, or don’t know, this would make you happy. Maybe it’s more on the winelover’s side.” Maybe that’s because it’s refreshing: spicy, open and gently brisk. It seems like the perfect oyster wine as it tastes of the sea in the soil. A touch of pink grapefruit, a hint of green spice, an essence of pinot noir.”
WS 91

Wine Spectator – “This mouthwatering and balanced bubbly is refined in texture, offering lively blackberry, candied lemon zest, blanched almond and fleur de sel notes, with a creamy, spiced finish.”

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The color is an elegant golden straw yellow with amber highlights. Its aromas are radiant, revealing bright yellow-fleshed fruits (apple, pear, yellow peach), honey, floral nuances (lime blossom) and elegant blond notes (brioche and fresh nuts). The palate is seductive, richly flavorful and smooth combining generosity and subtlety, fullness and vigor, followed by a delicately fresh crispiness (fruit with seeds), to reveal the magical balance of champagne.

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Soon we will have another woman at the helm of a great House. Serge Billiot, now approaching retirement is slowly turning over the estate to his daughter Laetitia and her husband. The couple is keen to learn how Serge weaves his magic, since he tends to cultivate a certain playful mystery about his craft.

Region: Montagne de Reims

Grape Varieties: 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

Villages & Soil Type: Ambonnay Grand Cru (limestone)

Peter Liem, the guru of all Champagne gurus, writes “I am a huge fan of the Henri Billiot estate in Ambonnay, and I find all of their wines to be well worth buying, from the richly expressive Brut Réserve…I have a particular fondness, however, for Billiot’s Brut Rosé, one of my favorite rosés in all of Champagne.”

“Pale salmon skin color.  Complex nose combines strawberry preserves, ginger, molasses, nutmeg, flowers and earth.  Bright, penetrating flavors of strawberry, raspberry and flowers, with complicating notes of smoke and minerals.  A dense, saline Champagne with noteworthy flavor authority and length.”  ~Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar

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Didier Gimonnet is the second generation of growers to direct this superb estate, with 28 hectares of holdings in grand and premier cru villages, predominantly in the Côte de Blancs. The winery is in the premier cru village of Cuis where Didier’s family has been growing grapes since 1750. Pierre Gimonnet, Dider’s Grandfather, started bottling estate champagnes in 1935. In addition to the 13.5 hectares in Cuis, Gimonnet owns 11 hectares of chardonnay vines in the grand cru villages of Cramant and Chouilly, plus another hectare in Oger and two in Vertus. Gimonnet also owns half a hectare of pinot noir, split between the grand cru of Aÿ and 1er cru of Mareuil-sur Aÿ.

The high percentage of old vines at this estate sets it apart in a region suffering from a plethora of very young vineyards. Seventy percent of Gimonnet’s holdings are over 30 years old, of which some forty percent are over 40 years old, with 100+ year old vines in the lieux-dits of Le Fond du Bateau, planted in 1911, and Buisson planted in 1913, both in the Grand Cru village of Cramant.

” Cuis is much more “neutral, acid, fresh, aerial:” this north-facing village is the coolest in the Côte des Blancs. These are sappy, crunchy, refreshing champagnes of acupuncturally tonic qualities with lingering, salty purity.”~ Didier Gimmonet.

“Pale green. High-pitched citrus fruit and floral scents, along with intense mineral and spice nuances. Dry and seamless on the palate, offering juicy lemon, tarragon and ginger flavors and a deeper suggestion of buttered toast. Finishes on a zesty minerally note, with lingering spiciness and strong persistence. This bottling is a blend of wines from 2011 (77%), 2010 (6%), 2009 (12%), 2007 (4%) and 2006 (1%). I also tasted a magnum-only release of this wine that was disgorged in September, 2013 and it showed an even more pronounced mineral character, along with potent florality and chalkiness.”

~Robert Parker

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Didier Gimonnet is the second generation of growers to direct this superb estate, with 28 hectares of holdings in grand and premier cru villages, predominantly in the Côte de Blancs. The winery is in the premier cru village of Cuis where Didier’s family has been growing grapes since 1750. Pierre Gimonnet, Dider’s Grandfather, started bottling estate champagnes in 1935. In addition to the 13.5 hectares in Cuis, Gimonnet owns 11 hectares of chardonnay vines in the grand cru villages of Cramant and Chouilly, plus another hectare in Oger and two in Vertus. Gimonnet also owns half a hectare of pinot noir, split between the grand cru of Aÿ and 1er cru of Mareuil-sur Aÿ.

The high percentage of old vines at this estate sets it apart in a region suffering from a plethora of very young vineyards. Seventy percent of Gimonnet’s holdings are over 30 years old, of which some forty percent are over 40 years old, with 100+ year old vines in the lieux-dits of Le Fond du Bateau, planted in 1911, and Buisson planted in 1913, both in the Grand Cru village of Cramant.

” Cuis is much more “neutral, acid, fresh, aerial:” this north-facing village is the coolest in the Côte des Blancs. These are sappy, crunchy, refreshing champagnes of acupuncturally tonic qualities with lingering, salty purity.”~ Didier Gimmonet.

Winemaker’s Notes: Lively, aerial, not measured, technically perfect… This Cuvee Brut sans annee Cuis 1er Cru represents the archetype style of the Pierre Gimonnet & Fils. One appreciates this classic assembly “without year”, a consistent taste, for its vivacity, its lightness, and its fineness: the whole purity of the Great Chardonnays of the Côte des Blancs.

Critical Acclaim:

91
Wine Spectator – “Firm and well-knit, this lacy version offers a subtle mix of Dijon pear, smoke, fleur de sel, fresh ginger and slivered almond notes.”

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