L. Aubry Premier Cru Champagne Brut
Please note that today’s wine is on discount with the importer for this week only. To get the price offered below, orders must be in by this Thursday, after that, the wine can still be ordered at it’s regular price, if it’s not sold out
Fellow wine lovers, I love Champagne. I tend not to pick favorites, but if pressed to choose just one type of wine to drink, it would likely to Champagne. The tingling of the bubbles, the mouthwatering acidity, the richness of texture, the refreshing crispness of it all; Champagne is the stuff of happiness, pure bliss in a glass. I think it’s important to make the distinction of what Champagne is. Sparkling wines such as Cava from Spain or Prosecco from Italy, those are not Champagne, but rather a bubbly interpretation from those respective countries. The same is for domestic sparkling wines from Washington, Oregon, and California. Champagne, real Champagne, only comes from France, and gets its name from the Champagne region where it is made – about an hour and a half drive northeast of Paris.
Champagne Aubry Brut Premier Cru $39.99 (Regularly $43)
We also have 1.5 Liter Magnums are also available $99.99 (Regularly $110), which you can order using the same link above.
There is a growing number of what is known as “Grower Champagne”, or “Recoltant Manipulant” in French, being imported into the US as demands for artisanal wine continues to increase. As the name implies, a Grower Champagne is one where the Champagne itself is made by the same people who grow the grapes. Where many of the large houses, such as Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, produce their wines by purchasing grapes from a variety of local farmers, Grower Champagne comes from just one estate.
Run by twin brothers Philippe and Pierre Aubry, whose family has been making wine since the late 1700’s, Champagne Aubry is one of my absolute favorites with their outstanding bottle of Brut. It’s a “Premier Cru”, meaning the grapes are harvested from vineyards which have been designated in the top ten percent of all Champagne, with respect to their quality. Champagne is well known for its impressive prices- it’s not unreasonable to pay $100 for a nice bottles- which is why this bottle of Premier Cru is so amazing at this rate.
This a stunning bottle of bubbly which I buy for myself regularly, and take to parties where I share with other Sommelier friends. A blend of the three traditional Champagne grapes, it’s comprised of 45% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% of the ancient and obscure varieties Arbanne, Petit Meslier, and Fromenteau. It’s rare to find a Champagne where Pinot Meunier makes up the largest proportion of the blend, and the result is a wine which is rich, creamy, and even fat on the palate. It’s dry, with notes of peaches, candied lemons, and fresh brioche bread on the nose. The palate showcases tight bubbles and full bodied texture with flavors of white raspberries up front, hints of cinnamon and spice in the middle, finishing with yellow apple crisps, clean minerality, and bright acidity in the end.
Aubry Premier Cru Champagne Brut
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Region: Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France
Vineyard: Premier Cru Vineyards
Grapes: 45% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% of the ancient varieties Arbanne, Petit Meslier, and Fromenteau.
Aging: 24 months on the lees
Drinkability: Now through 2017
Body: Full Bodied
Alcohol: 12.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Champagne, Veuve Clicquot
Food Pairings: Great Champagne Goes with Everything. Great with Holiday Fare