Monday, 21 November 2016

HV Wines: The top 30 Boutique Champagne houses

It took me awhile to get this blog finished as I had to go through every house listed down below and taste one of the range, so I am happy to give you the 30 top boutique Champagne houses.

For most of the time when it comes to Champagne we hear talking about the big brands, the star names. Something that is vital to the existence of Champagne as there is an envy globally towards this region as we all know Champagne associates with luxury, well-being and somehow wealth.

An image carefully crafted by the best in the business, an image different then pretty much anything in the world of wine. No wonder that it is taxed higher than many other product in the world of wine and the standard of Champagne have risen significantly in the last two decades that today some of the champagnes reach prices 30 years ago one could only dream off.

Of course as with many luxury products you do pay for the brand a lot, although that in their top cuvee's quality isn't lacking, that can not always been said about their Brut NV. But we are not here to talk about big brands, no this is classification of the top 30 boutique champagnes.

What does it mean? Well houses that simply not producing more than 250,000 bottles and houses that produce a distinctive terroir and identity. It is the new wave of Champagnes, the revolutionaries, the other choice, the craft. There is much hype around these houses as customers are looking at alternatives to put on the table, a champagne that not everyone's known, novelty to say the least.

Champagne facts: 

Champagne has four zones;  Montagne de Reims, with towns like,  Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Mailly.....Vallee de la Marne, with towns like,  Tours sur Marne, AY, Dizy, Epernay.....Cote de Blancs, with towns like, Chouilly, Cuis, Cramant, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil-Sur-Ogier, Vertus..... and Cote de Bars, with towns like, Celles-Sur-Ource, Urville, Les Riceys...

Grapes:  three principle grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, four other grapes are also allowed to make Champagne such as; Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. 

Bottle Sizes;
0.25 cl  Quart (quarter)
0.50 cl  Demi ( half)
0.75 cl  Bouteille (bottle)
1.5 L    Magnum 
3 L       Jeroboam
4.5 L    Rehoboam
6 L       Mathusalem
9 L       Salamanazar
12 L     Balthazar
15 L    Nabuchodonosor

Labeling reference;

CM;  Cooperative manipulator; which means she/he rather produce for himself/herself or for someone else

NM; Negociant manipulator; a merchant that makes Champagne from grapes he/she partially or entirely buys from someone else.

RC; Recoltant cooperative; a producers associates to a cooperative where he receive his Champagne which he then will sell under his name.

RM; Recoltant manipulant; a producer that makes his Champagne exclusive from the grape she grows, only a maximum of 5 % of grapes is allowed to be bought.

MA; Marque d'acheteur; a brand (supermarket for example) who haven't produced the Champagne themselves.

Vintages Chart
( from 1 to 5, 1 being the worst, 5 excellent)

1978; 3   1979; 4  1980; 2  1981; 4  1982; 4   1983; 3  1984; 1   1985; 4
1986; 3   1987; 2  1988; 4  1989; 4  1990; ex 1991; 1  1992; 2   1993; 2  1994; 2      1995; 4
1996; ex 1997; 2  1998; 4  1999; 3  2000; 3   2001;  2002; ex  2003; 3 2004; 4/ex 2005; 3
2006; 3   2007; 3  2008; 4  2009; 4  2010; 2   2011; 2  2012; 3    2013; 3 2014; 3      2015; 4

So the list below is worked out with notes I made when I tasted these Champagnes and in consultancy with La Revue de Vins de France guide, Larousse guide, Bettane and Desseauve guide and Gault Millau Champagne guide. Some Champagnes will have a * next to their overall quote which means that not all guides quoted this Champagne, so also lower down the list, so between brackets there will be an extra quote with an average imaginative quote from the missing guide and where this house would be listed if all did quote the house.

Top 30 Boutique Champagnes 2016

1. Salon. Ruler of excellency.
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Salon produces only one Champagne a blanc de blanc, situated in Mesnil-sur-Oger right in the cote de blanc chardonnay is the ruler here in this house. It is mythical and produces only a Champagne when the vintage is really worthy of one. It stands at the top as when I tasted the 2002 vintage (which is an exceptional vintage) it had all the hallmarks of the best Champagne can produce. A burst of fruits and freshness, buttery  and soft with a pearl so delicate and fine it does really something. This is a Champagne that ask time when drinking, and I guarantee you, you never forget a Salon Champagne when you had one for the first time. (my quote 20/20)

The overall score for Salon is 98/100.  
Salon 2002 €364 $386 £311 average ex tax 

Owner:  Laurent-Perrier
Owner of land: 1 hectares
Buying grapes: yes, from 19 small parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger
Production: about 60,000 bottles
Cellar master: Michel Fauconnet.

2. Jacques Selosse. The Master
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Here is a man that creates Champagnes with such beauty and style, one which there was much more of it. Production is tiny here as well and the identity that hides in his Champagnes are out of this world. I tasted the Brut Initial also a blanc de blanc and from the attack, its precision and perfection. Agrumes, confit fruit, bergamote, a texture with a dry feel and a bubble well balanced not to vivid with great freshness. A champagne like no other, truly rare and unique. (my quote 19.50/20)

The over score for Selosse is 96/100.
Jacque Selosse Brut Initial €133 $141 £114 average ex tax

Owner:  Anselme Selosse
Owner of land: 8.3 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 57,000 bottles
Cellar master: Anselme Selosse

3. Egly-Ouriet. The Craft of perfection
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Here is a domain that craft Champagnes in total new style and approach, although the tradition is kept very well in the philosophy, the way they do it is unique. It is without a doubt that this house shines at the top of Champagne as each and every bottle of this house sits full of character and personality. I tasted the Brut Grand Cru Tradition, and  it was extremely fine and complex with green apples, yeasts, hints of minerals. The bubbles are full of energy and with it comes all things citrus, very refreshing and paired perfectly with food and fish in particular. (I blogged about Egly-Ouriet a couple of months ago 15.09.2016). (my quote 19.50/20)

The overall score for Egly-Ouriet is 95.50/100
Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Tradition €84 $89 £72 average ex tax

Owner: Michel and Francis Egly-Ouriet
Owner of land: 12 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 90,000 bottles
Cellar master: Michel and Francis Egly-Ouriet

4. Agrapart et Fils. The Outstanding
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Besides a tiny bit of red grapes, this is predominately a blanc de blanc house that has its roots born in 1894. This house here is so exceptional that since some time now this house stands at the pinnacle of what is Champagne a house that beats all the likes of the monk hands down, even though the monk doesn't go blanc. I tasted Les 7 Crus Brut, a champagne with zest, apples, baked bread and volume, It hold good length and indicates a beautiful idea of what the other cuvees will be like. This is their entry champagne but far from thinking that it will hide an identity and craft, well far from it, it indicates that here you are dealing with the best the business can offer. (my quote 19.50/20)

The overall score for Agrapart et Fils is 94.50/100
Agrapart et Fils Les 7 Crus Brut €34 £29 $36 average ex tax

Owner: Fabrice and Pascal Agrapart
Owner of land:  12 hectares
Buying grapes: No 
Production: 95,000 bottles 
Cellar master: Pascal Agrapart

5. Larmandier-Bernier. The natural approach
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Working the vine in these families dates back to the French revolution. 20th Century the Larmandier family made Champagne that quickly proved their fine quality. So the family began to supply their Champagne to the top restaurants in Paris (La Tour d'Argent, Taillevent, Charlot Roi des coquillages...). In 1971 Philippe Larmandier grandson of Jules Larmandier, together with his wife Elisabeth Bernier, who owned vineyards in Vertus created Larmandier-Bernier Champagne. Until 1992 the house suffered a bit but Pierre brought back the house to where it belong and converted much to biodynamic culture. Since then it collect many awards worldwide. I tasted the Larmandier-Bernier "Latitude" extra Brut. This champagne had a beautiful yellow glow with a fine bubble and polished shine. Very fruity and some floral on the nose, nicely balanced and seductive on the palate was it fresh, round with a flair of softness and hints of minerals mid palate with a long finish. (my quote 19/20)

The overall score for Larmandier-Bernier is 92/100
Larmandier-Bernier Latitude extra Brut €30 $32 £26 average ex tax

Owner: Pierre Larmandier
Owner of land: 16 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 130,000 bottles
Cellar master: Pierre et Sophie Larmandier

6. Fleury. Biodynamic is the norm

This is a house that many might not have heard of although that this house exist since 1895. Since 1989 this house is converted to biodynamic culture and many thought then that this will be the end but look who is laughing now! Many houses and not just in Champagne are converting or thinking of converting into biodynamic culture. Here there is an honesty and balance, champagnes with much identity and champagne's that get better with age. I tasted the Fleury blanc de noir Brut. Very pleasantly surprised as it was the first time I tasted this Champagne and it was bold and yeast/almonds,lingering to fresh baked bread, red fruits came second (raspberries especially), good structure and power on the palate with good balance between aromas and acidity, lingering on long and a good feel of power thanks to the 100% Pinot Noir, which is what a blanc de noir is. (my quote 18.50/20)

The overall score for Fleury is: 90.50/100

Fleury Blanc de Noir Brut €25 €26 £21 average ex tax

Owner: Jean-Pierre Fleury

Owner of Land: 15 hectares
Buying grapes: Yes
Production:  200,000 bottles
Cellar Master: Jean-Pierre Fleury

7. Francoise Bedel et Fils. A bright star 
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Another domain that plows a total bio dinamisme and creating Champagnes with attitude and personality. Together with her son Vincent this tiny house of 8.4 hectares has nestle itself amongst the champagnes definitely to have encounter in your life. I tasted the Francoise Bedel Brut Origin'elle. It appeared goldy and shiny, very refreshing and energetic, on the nose a very fresh fruity bouquet especially white/yellow fruits (apricot, peaches) , followed by dry fruits, and little hints of brioche followed by the cognac armagnac notes. It lingers well and leaves you with a definite memory of a champagne different then many others. (my quote 18.75)

The overall score for Francoise Bedel et Fils is 89/100
Francoise Bedel Brut Origin'elle €28 $30 £24 average ex tax

Owner: Francoise Bedel
Owner of Land: 8.4 hectares
Buying grapes:  no
Production: 60,000 bottles
Cellar master:  Vincent Desaubeau

8. De Sousa. True Value
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A true family affair and here one of the most entrepreneurial men of his generation. Predominately Chardonnay grower and land in Avize, Cramant and Oger grand cru. Here is a family spirits united and with time also gone totally biodynamic, a sign where things are leading here in Champagne. I tasted the, The Sousa et Fils Brut Tradition. A Champagne The Brut tradition is predominately chardonnay with Pinot noir and meunier. A clear brilliant visual aspect with reflect of green colour, the mousse is thick and tight, meaning compact bubbles, on the nose it is very floral, intense and expressive, a touch of mimosas and citruses with little hints of brioche and tiny elements of mineral and chalk in particular. On the palate its vert refreshing and  warm touches of honey and medium dry aspects with a reasonably good long lingering. The acidity is well balanced and the Champagne is surely impressive. (my quote 18.75/20)

The overall score for this house is 88.85/100
The Souza et Fils Brut Tradition €23 $25 £20 average ex tax

Owner: Erick de Souza
Owner of land: 11 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 100,000 bottles
Cellar master: Erick de Souza

9. Dehours et Fils. A rising star
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I had the chance to meet Jerome Dehours on a beautiful occasion and listen to the man himself explaining his Champagnes. You understand straight away that his vision and craft of the making of champagne lays in his entire range on the aspect vintage, which means that his champagnes will not every year taste the same as what you get with the big brands Brut NV's. His champagnes will express terroir, savoir-faire and the natural elements of that particular year. You understand quickly when you taste his champagnes that they are brimmed with structure complexity and identity. I tasted the Dehours et fils Grand reserve Brut. This champagne is based on Meunier grapes, which gives you fruit, energy and power but all so well balanced that it feels like a well orchestrated symphony. Deeply moving and emotional. (my quote 18.50/20)

The overall score for this house is 87.90/100
Dehours et Fils Grand reserve Brut €23 $25 £20 average ex tax

Owner:  Jerome Dehours and Caroline Laisne
Owner of land: 14 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 80,000 bottles
Cellar master: Jerome Dehours

10.Pierre Gimonnet et Fils. Tradition and knowledge
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This house has been settled in Champagne since 1750, generation on generation has passed the knowledge and know-how of champagne making and with new generations looking in different directions, this house stays strong and with a firm hand on the future, creating champagnes that are on the absolute top. Predominately chardonnay house so I tasted the Brut cuis Premier crus blanc de blanc. The blanc de blanc represents itself beautifully pale yellow with floral hints on the nose and waves of citruses, with here and there hints of minerals. Dry on the palate it ignites huge freshness and well balanced acidity and aromas. A good starter to any evening or dinner. (my quote 18/20)

The overall score of this house is 85.50/100
Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Cuis Premier Cru €22 $23 £19 average ex tax

Owner: Family Gimonnet
Owner of land: 28 hectares
Buying in grapes: no
Production: 250,000 bottles
Cellar master:  Olivier and Didier Gimonnet

11. Francis Boulard et Fille.
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I never heard of Francis Boulard before I tasted his Brut nature Les Murgiers. I had a look into their history and they do exist since quite some time but under Raymond Boulard, but since 2009 their is change and here we have a tiny production but with star quality. (my quote 18/20)

The overall score of this house is 84/100
Francis Boulard et Fille Les Murgiers  blanc de noirs €27 $28 £23 average ex tax

Owner: Francis Boulard and Delphine Richard-Boulard
Owner of land: 3 hectares
Buying grapes:  no
Production: 25,000 bottles
Cellarmaster: Francis Boulard and Delphine Richard-Boulard

12. Benoit Lahaye. 
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Reasonably young in the field although when you taste his champagnes one would never know. Totally organic since 2007, here is another house that one need to look out for as he is rising faster then a bullet. I tasted the Brut blanc de noirs and it was one of the best blanc de noirs tasted so far. Beautiful work and talent, tiny production so certainly not easy to find. (my quote 17/20)

The overall score for this house is 83.85/100
Benoit Lahaye Brut blanc de Noirs €30 $32 £26 average ex tax

Owner: Valerie and Benoit Lahaye
Owner of land: 4 hectares
Buying grapes:  no
Production:  38,000 bottles
Cellar master: Benoit Lahaye

13. Chartogne-Taillet.
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Based in Merfy at 8 km from Reims the Taillet family were a long line of wine growers since 1485 (not Champagne then). This for many unknown house steeped in tradition and innovation, Alexandre Chartogne now at the helm is directing this house to even higher levels than it already is. I tasted the Chartogne- Taillet Brut NV. (my quote 17/20)

The overall score for this house is 83.45/100
Chartogne-Taillet Brut NV €29 $31 £25 average ex tax

Owner: Alexandre Chartogne
Owner of land: 11 hectares
Buying grapes:  no
Production:  80,000 bottles
Cellar master: Alexandre Chartogne

14. Bereche et Fils.
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A house that exist since 1847 with now the fourth generation at the helm of this tiny but crafted Champagne house. Totally moving towards an organic movement and treat their vines with the up most natural approach, listen to and speak with nature. I tasted the Bereche et Fils Brut reserve. (my quote 17/20)

The overall score of this house is 82.10/100
Bereche et fils Brut Reserve €21 $26 £25 average ex tax

Owner: Family Bereche
Owner of land:  9.5 hectares
Buying grapes: No
Production:  90.000 bottles
Cellar master: Raphael Bereche

15. Tarlant. 
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This house is at "l'etat pure" of Champagne (the purest state), as far as 1687 goes this family and have seen many historical moments during the generations of the Tarlant family. Today they stand as a reference is France if you want to taste identity of Champagne. I taste the Tarlant Tradition Brut. (my quote 16.50/20)

The overall score for this house is 81/100
Tarlant Tradition Brut €27 $28 £23 average ex tax

Owner: Jean-Marie Micheline et Benoit Tarlant
Owner of land: 14 hectares
Buying grapes: No
Production: 130,000 bottles
Cellar master:  Benoit Tarlant

16. Pierre Peters.
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1858 Gaspard Peters was the founder of this house, In the heart of the Cote de Blanc, only 1 hectare in red all the rest is Chardonnay. A house that also respect hugely the importance of terroir and treats it with the up most respect. I tasted the Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc. (my quote 17/20)

The overall score for this house is 80.95/100
Pierre Peters Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc €54 $57 £46 average price ex tax

Owner: Peters family
Owner of land: 19 hectares
Buying grape: no
Production: 175,000 bottles
Cellar master: Rodolphe Peters

17. Gonet-Medeville.
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Fairly young estate, this is a family from Sauternes in Bordeaux with a long viticultural history. Big interest in this small estate as if they make their Champagne as good as their Sauternes then a new star shines in the sky of Champagne. I tasted the Brut Premier Cru tradition. (my quote 16.50/20)

The overall score for this house is 80.50/100
Gonet-Medeville Brut Premier Cru Tradition €37 $40 £32 average price ex tax

Owner: Xavier and Juliette Gonet
Owner of Land: 10 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 90,000 bottles
Cellar master: Xavier Gonet

18. J-L Vergnon. 
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This house exist for two Centuries, but in 1950 Jean Louis Vergnon recreated his vineyard on the slopes of  de Cote de blanc in Mesnil-sur-Oger. 100% Chardonnay so here again a total blanc de blanc production. Tiny house with beautiful crafted talent. I tasted the Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc Conversation. (my quote 16.50/20)

The overall score for this house is 80.30/100
J-L Vergnon Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc Conversation €37 $40 £32 average price ex tax

Owner: Vergnon family
Owner of land: 5.26 hectares
Buying grapes:  no
Production: 50,000 bottles
Cellar master: Christophe Constant

19. Pierre Moncuit. 
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Once again we venturing in the Blanc de Blanc 100%, a domain that stand proud since over a century. Based in Mesnil-sur-Oger and with 19 hectares of vines here we indulge in superb champagne making. i tasted the Pierre Moncuit-Delos Brut Reserve Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru. (My quote 16/20)

The overall score for this house 80/100
Pierre Moncuit-Delos Brut Reserve Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru €36 $38 £31 average ex tax

Owner: Nicole, Valerie and Yves Moncuit
Owner of land: 19 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production:  180,000 bottles
Cellar master: Nicole Moncuit

20. Franck Pascal. 
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A great discovery this tiny domain of 3.5 hectares and now totally biodynamic. A very young domain as he (Franck) started renting his dads vines to make his own champagne. In 1998 he started to convert to organic then biodynamic culture and his first biodynamic champagne came onto the market in 2006. I tasted the Franck Pascal Reliance Brut nature. (my quote 15.95/20)

 Overall score for this house 79.75/100
Franck Pascal Reliance Brut Nature €46 $48 £39 average price ex tax

Owner: Franck Pascal
Owner of land:  3.5 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 30,000 bottles
Cellar master: Franck Pascal

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Another well established family productive since 1696 in AY. Predominately vines of red grapes, only 1 hectares in white although that this domaine isn't big total 7 hectares. A pleasant discovery. I tasted the Gatinois Brut Grand Cru Tradition. (my quote 15.80)

Overall score for this house 79.50/100
Gatinois Brut Grand Cru Tradition €46 $48 £39 average price ex tax

Owner: Pierre et Marie Cheval-Gatinois
Owner of land: 7.5 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 50,000 bottles
Cellar master: Pierre Cheval-Gatinois

22. Pascal Doquet.
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As with many smaller houses, working the land with care and observe its behavior without using any chemical products is the key. With the believe that it produces a champagne more truthful to the terroir and the cellar master's vision. This is that is totally biodynamic and almost entirely chardonnay production. I tasted the Pascal Doquet Brut blanc de blanc. (My quote 16/20)

Overall score for this house 79.30/100
Pascal Doquet Brut Blanc de Blanc €43 $46 £37

Owner: Doquet family
Owner of land: 8.5 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 75,000 bottles
Cellar master: Pascal Doquet

23. R.Pouillon et Fils.
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Another domain that is totally new to me and so with much anticipation is explored this house. Created in 1947 by Roger Pouillon, and today thanks to the marriage between Fabrice (one of the sons) and Elodie holds the house now 15 hectares of vines. I tasted the R.Pouillon Carte Blanche blanc de blanc Premier Cru. (my quote 15.8/20)

The overall score for this house 78.05/100
R. Pouillon Carte Blanche blanc de blanc €29 $31 £25 average price ex tax

Owner: James and Fabrice Pouillon
Owner of land: 15 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 85,000 bottles
Cellar master: James and Fabrice Pouillon

24. Laherte Freres. 
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An estate founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte, Fourth generation Michel Laherte has now the reigns in hand with 10 hectares in hand makes Michel together with his son Aurelien a beautiful range of champagnes. I tasted the Brut Ultradition. (My quote 15.5/20)

The overall score for this house 77.65/100
Laherte Freres Brut Ultradition €35 $37 £30 average price ex tax

Owner: Thierry and Christian Laherte
Owner of land:  10 hectares
Buying grapes:  yes
Production:  110,000 bottles
Cellar master: Thierry Laherte

25.Rene Geoffroy.
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A house I didn't know before, but a house alive since the 17th Century, With good values and visions is this a house that steadily steps up its presence in Champagne and the world. I tasted the Brut Nature Purete. (My quote 15.50/20)

The overall score for this house: 75.20/100
Rene Geoffroy Brut Nature Reserve €47 $50 £40 average price ex tax

Owner: Rene and Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy
Owner of land: 14 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 135,000 bottles
Cellar master: Rene Geoffroy

26. A. Margaine. 
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This house started its life in 1920 when the grandfather Gaston Margaine, bought the house and cellar. Predominately chardonnay vines with a tiny bit red (.035 hectares), end we again with much blanc de blanc style champgnes. Much attention is spend here inmaking these champagnes. I tasted the A. Margaine Brut. (my quote 15/20)

The overall score for this house is 75/100
A. Margaine Brut €42 $45 £36 average price ex tax

Owner: Margaine family
Owner of land: 6 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 58,000 bottles
Cellar master: Arnaud Margaine

27. Georges Laval.
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This is one of the tiniest productions on this list and most likely in Champagne, this is micro production and very stylish champagnes. Hard to get but worth the hunt. I tasted the Brut nature Premier Cru Cumieres. (My quote 15/20)

The overall score for this house is 69.26/100 * (84.26 place 11)
Georges Laval Brut Nature Premier Cru Cumieres €71 $76 £61 average price ex tax

Owner: Family Laval
Owner of land: 2.5 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 10,000 bottles
Cellar master:  Vincent Laval

28. Jerome Prevost.
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Together with Georges Laval and most likely Jerome prevost the tiniest of Boutique Champagnes, super exclusive and utterly devilish. Only two Champagnes are made here, I taste the La Closerie les Beguine. (My quote 17/20)

The overall score for this house 67.85/100 * (84.85 place 11)
Jerome Prevost La Closerie les Beguine €77 $82 £66 average price ex tax

Owner: Jerome Prevost
Owner of land: 2,2 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 13,000 bottles
Cellar master: Jerome Prevost

29. Lilbert et Fils.
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A totally blanc de blanc production and one of the oldest in the Cramant village and cote de blanc 1746 birth year of the house. One other brand I made acquaintance for the first time. I tasted the Brut Grand Cru blanc de Blanc. (My quote 16.50)

The overall score for this house 65.25* (80.25 place 19)
Libert et Fils Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc €47 $50 £40 average price ex tax

Owner: Bertrand Lilbert
Owner of land: 4 hectares
Buying grapes: no
Production: 30,000 bottles
Cellar master:  Bertrand Lilbert

30. Alfred Gratien. 
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Created in 1864 and also one of the largest producers in this list Alfred Gratien will most of you have heard of, Good level of Champagne and a good reference. I tasted the Brut Classique. (My quote 15.80)

The overall score for this house 65.15* (79.65 place 21)
Alfred Gratien Brut Classique €42 $45 £36 average price ex tax

Owner: Henkell and Sohnlein
Owner of land: 2  hectares
Buying grapes: Yes
Production:  250,000 bottles
Cellar master: Nicolas jaeger

So here you have a list of really cool trendy stylish and top champagne house, where you will drink and understand the terroir side of Champagne.

Until next time please do drink responsibly.

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