Federal Wine & Spirits

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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

Five Growers, 15 Champagnes
October 20, 2017


BOURDAIRE-GALLOIS (Massif Saint Thierry) 

The vineyard, only about the size of Boston's Public Gardens, is just west of Rheims. His whole production is a scant 2,000 cases per year. The wine journal Bettane &Desseauvenotes that these wines have been placing very well in their tastings.

Brut (Non-Dosé)

Brut Prestige (Non-Dosé)

Blanc de Blanc (Non-Dosé)


Bernard and Veronique Dumont now run a centuries-old family domaine in the southern Aube district of champagne. Bettane Desseauve - "this less known producer makes very well made, very reasonably priced wines. We're going to keep an eye on them."

Brut Nature ( Non Dosé )

Solera Reserve

Cuve Douce Demisec


The Guide Hachette is head over heels in love with Benoist Perseval's champagnes. they can't get enough because there is only a tiny amount. His vineyards in Chamery in the heart of the premier Montagne de Rheims, planted 2/3 to red grapes are about the size of Bourdaire's. These wines are very very limited. The single vineyard La Pucelle was a hit last year.

Cuvee de Pinots, Premier Cru Brut

Terre de Sables, Premier Cru Brut

La Pucelle, Premier Cru Brut Nature

JOSE MICHEL ET FILS (Côtes d'Epernay)

A member of the prestigious, by invitation only, Special Club of growers, Jose Michel has a cult following in France..

 Brut NV

Blanc de Blanc 2007

Cuvée du Père Houdart, « Vieux Millesimes »

(a blend of 1971, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1984 and 2011)


The Triolet estate is in the southwestern Cote de Sezanne where chalky soils have made it a long-time source for chardonnay for the grands marques. We'll taste their very well priced non vintage brut and rose. 

Grande Reserve NV

 Vieille Vigne 2011

 Brut Rosé NV


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