By Analiese Paik
Certain people are challenging to buy gifts for because they have everything they could ever want already or have very discerning taste. I like to select something they would never buy for themselves, possibly because they don’t know it exists. A rare food or wine with a great back story, for example. The Champagnes of Henri’s Reserve fit the bill and these top-ranked, family-owned, estate-grape-only boutique bubblies are two of my favorites. Their outstanding quality, fine flavors, limited availability, biodynamic production, and French cachet would delight even the most impossible foodies.
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Champagne profiles are courtesy of Ruth Frantz of Henri’s Reserve.
Fleury “Carte Rouge” -$45
This rich, brut style (dry), blanc de noirs (white wine made from red grapes, 100% Pinot Noir) is perfect for an aperitif or for pairing with meat, eggs bénédict and smoked salmon.
- Raves by Robert Parker.
- An old favorite at Alice Water’s Chez Panisse
- Smoky and spicy. “Pure pinot noir – deliciously redolent of orchard fruits & berries.” – Robert M. Parker, Jr.
- One of a handful of biodynamic* growers in Champagne.
Vilmart & Cie “’Cuvée Grand Cellier” -$75
- The pioneer of biodynamic* Champagnes
- Outstanding” – Robert Parker
- “V&C has a cult following for its refined, elegant Champagnes.” – Food & Wine Magazine
- “Light straw. Smoky, less-dominated bouquet offers suave pear, peach and tangerine qualities, along with a spicy minerality; this smells like a serious Puligny-Montrachet. Brisk orchard and citrus fruit flavors are impressively concentrated, with a snap of acidity brightening the long, pliant finish. Leaves traces of baking spices in its wake, adding to the impression of complexity.” 92 Points, Libation Online.
* Biodynamic production methods are the strictest form of organic viniculture. Biodynamic wine exceed organic standards, relying on a farming process more closely in tune with nature.