Champagne Marc Chauvet — Rilly-la-Montagne
Based in the tiny village of Rilly-la-Montagne, the Chauvets have been making Champagne here since 1529. Winemaker Clotilde Chauvet and her viticulturist brother Nicolas are putting the family’s centuries of experience into every bottle produced from their 32-acre estate on the Montagne de Reims. The style is refined, clean, bright and intensely flavorful – like drinking great white Burgundy with bubbles!
Marc Chauvet is one of only a handful of the top producers in Champagne entitled to produce a top-of-the-line bottling designated “Special Club”. These limited edition wines are produced only in the best vintages, and are subject to a rigorous peer review process – ensuring that a “Special Club” Champagne is a wine of the finest quality available anywhere.
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N.V. Champagne BRUT SELECTION $45 >>
50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, predominantly from the 2007 vintage with some reserve wine from 2006. The house style of pure, bright Champagne is well in evidence here, but the flavors are more expressive and more complex, with brioche, yeast, and apple notes in the mix. This is the one to have with food (a home-run with sushi!)
NV Rosé $49 >>
One-Third each Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, with 16% Pinot Noir rouge added to the blend to give a pale salmon color and beautiful aromas and flavors of wild strawberry.
2005 Millésime $50 >>
Rich, powerful, full-throttle Champagne with great acidic zip to boost. Lovely balance and bright notes of apples and apricots, all in a refined package that simply says “drink me”!
2004 Special Club $62 >>
The top-of-the-line bottling from Chauvet is 75% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir all from the estate in Rilly-la-Montagne. If it gets any better than this, at this price, please let me know!