Green Food Gift Guide Day 5: Boutique Bubbly

By Analiese Paik

Made from 60% Chardonnay, and 40% Pinot Noir, this biodynamic superstar received 92 Points from the Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate.

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.

 

 

 

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