Grower Champagne

The grower Champagne scene is one of the most exciting, vibrant, and progressive in today’s fine wine landscape. Here’s our biggest collection yet, which features icons of the grower movement, some recent entrants into the grower Champagne hall of fame, and up-and-coming stars whose exquisitely artisanal wines offer great value for money. Many of these wines are incredibly limited, with as few as six bottles available of some cuvées. So we encourage you to make your selection with haste: when they’re gone, they’re gone.


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Agrapart & Fils

2014 Minéral Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Grand Cru, Agrapart & Fils

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

This is another blanc de blancs drawn from two sites, one in Avize and one in Cramant, both with poor chalky soils, and another highly sought-after Agrapart cuvée. Pascal Agrapart is a bona fide member of the grower champagne hall of fame. Along with Anselme Selosse, he is the inspiration for many younger growers starting out. He has earned countless plaudits for his stunning Blanc de Blancs Champagnes from the Côte des Blancs. He farms 12 hectares of vines, over half of which are within the grand cru village of Avize. His wines have a vinous character, and a wonderful ability to age. Prices look set to rise for the Agrapart wines, and demand is far outstripping supply, so get them while you can.

Ready: 2021 - 2032
Bertrand-Delespierre

N/V Enfant de la Montagne, Bertrand-Delespierre (2015 Base Vintage)

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

This is a small estate on the up. Recent improvements brought about by the newest generation are being felt in the vibrant and pretty wines they make. Enfant de la Montagne comes from premier cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims, and is vinified in stainless steel before spenging 3 years ageing sur lattes ahead of disgorgement and release. This has the 2015 vintage at its heart (60%) and has a bright and fragrant apple aroma which is followed by tight acidity and a green apple crunch on the palate. It is fruit-forward, dry, pithy and refreshing. Its great value for money will not go unnoticed.

Ready: 2021 - 2027
Champagne Tarlant
Critic Score
91/100

N/V Zéro Brut Nature, Champagne Tarlant (2012 Base Vintage)

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

The Tarlant family have been proudly growing grapes in the Vallée de la Marne since 1687. Their cellars are set in the village of Oueilly, and here brother and sister team, Benoit and Melanie Tarlant, have contributed a significant slice to Champagne's history (custodians of rare varieties and practitioners of long lees ageing). Their wines offer exceptional value for money to boot, particularly given the length of ageing they dedicate before release. The Zéro Brut Nature is the signature cuvée of the Tarlant family, and the current release, based on the 2012 vintage, could not be a finer example of the quality of craftsmanship found in their wines. It is tight, chalky, and vinous feeling, with the scent of green apple and the crunch of fresh acidity. Its six years' ageing in bottle before disgorgement adds depth and creaminess. Blind, you'll trip over yourself saying it's Krug. If we had a 'house' grower champagne, this would be it.

Ready: 2021 - 2029
Champagne Vilmart et Cie

2011 Grand Cellier Rubis, Vilmart et Cie

Dry | Rosé | Sparkling | 12.5%

Vilmart is a Champagne house prized by connoisseurs, and their rosé cuvée shimmers with elegance. Laurent Champs is the fifth generation of his family to make these wines, and he’s a man of passion and skill. His exacting standards in his vineyards and winery ensure exceptional wines every vintage.

Ready: 2021 - 2031

2010 Cœur de Cuvée, Vilmart et Cie

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12.5%

Laurent Champs, owner and Chef de Cave of Vilmart, is one of Champagne’s unsung heroes. The house has been in his family for five generations, and he now farms 11 hectares and makes wines of haunting beauty. His champagnes some of the most flavoursome wines we know, with visceral freshness thanks to blocked malolactic fermentation, and superb concentration. The Cœur de Cuvée is his top wine, and even in the difficult vintage of 2010 is an unqualified success.

Ready: 2021 - 2031
Clandestin

2016 Les Grandes Lignes Brut Nature, Clandestin

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

100% Chardonnay. This is a joint venture by the young Benoît Doussot, who graduated from Beaune in just 2015, and Bertrant Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbée. Strictly speaking, a micro-negociant, but with all the detail and quality of a grower. Having grown up, studied, and trained in Burgundy, Benoît is a dab hand at oak élevage. Given that this project is so young, only a few cuvées have been released, and the reaction of fellow growers and critics has been overwhelmingly positive. So watch this space, Clandestin has a very promising future. Les Grandes Lignes comes from the south-facing lieu dit of Sorbée in Buxières-sur-Arce, on Portlandian limestone soils, certified organic since 2015. Only 3,000 bottles produced.

Ready: 2021 - 2030

2017 Les Grandes Lignes Brut Nature, Clandestin

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

Clandestin is a joint venture by the young Benoît Doussot, who graduated from Beaune in just 2015, and Bertrant Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbée. Strictly speaking, it is technically a micro-négociant, but with all the detail and quality of a grower, with a very promising future. Having grown up, studied, and trained in Burgundy, Benoît is a dab hand at oak élevage. Given that this project is so young, only a few cuvées have been released, and the reaction of fellow growers and critics has been overwhelmingly positive. So watch this space. Les Grandes Lignes is a blanc de blancs which comes from the south-facing lieu dit of Sorbée in Buxières-sur-Arce, on Portlandian limestone soils, certified organic since 2015.

Ready: 2021 - 2031

2017 Les Semblables Boreal Brut Nature, Clandestin

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

Les Semlables comes from various plots which share the common themes of Kimmeridgian limestone and north/north-west aspects. This blanc de noirs (100% Pinot Noir) is both juicy and vibrant with an energetic drive. Zero dosage keeps it brisk and razor-sharp. Clandestin is a joint venture by the young Benoît Doussot, who graduated from Beaune in just 2015, and Bertrant Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbée. Strictly speaking, it is technically a micro-négociant, but with all the detail and quality of a grower, with a very promising future. Having grown up, studied, and trained in Burgundy, Benoît is a dab hand at oak élevage. Given that this project is so young, only a few cuvées have been released, and the reaction of fellow growers and critics has been overwhelmingly positive. So watch this space.

Ready: 2021 - 2031
Laherte Frères

N/V Ultradition, Laherte Frères (2015/2016 Base Vintages)

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12.5%

Aurélien Laherte is the seventh generation of his family to grow vines in the village of Chavot-Courcourt, just to the south of Epernay in between the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne in a sub-region known as Côteaux Sud d’Épernay. He and his family work 10 hectares across 75 parcels here and his distinctive wines have earned him a strong following. Aurélien is one of a group of dynamic young growers, along with his friend Raphaël Bérèche, who are bent on natural methods and achieving exquisite terroir expression. Ultradition is the flagship wine of the estate, and showcases how well Pinot Meunier suits the clay-limestone soils in this part of Champagne. The bright floral nose makes this a brilliant aperitif Champagne, yet the smooth and balanced weight of the palate makes it equally well suited to food. Take your pick.

Ready: 2021 - 2030

2016 Les Vignes d'Autrefois Extra Brut, Laherte Frères

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12.5%

Strictly limited to 6 bottles per customer

This cuvée is made from Pinot Meunier vines planted between 1947 and 1964. The wine is aged in 4-12 year old barrels. It undergoes no malolactic fermentation and has just 3g/l dosage. This is a sensationally terroir-driven wine, and not easy to find. Aurélien Laherte is the seventh generation of his family to grow vines in the village of Chavot-Courcourt, just to the south of Epernay in between the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne in a sub-region known as Côteaux Sud d’Épernay. He and his family work 10 hectares across 75 parcels here and his distinctive wines have earned him a strong following. Aurélien is one of a group of dynamic young growers, along with his friend Raphaël Bérèche, who are bent on natural methods and achieving excquisite terroir expression.

Ready: 2021 - 2031
Leclerc Briant

2014 Extra Brut, Leclerc Briant

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

Lerclerc Briant's history stretches back to 1872, but its most interesting chapter has been since Chef de Cave Hervé Justin joined in 2012. Notable for his unorthodox approach to ageing, in his hands the house has grabbed attention for such practices as ageing wines in gold-lined tanks, and submerging bottles deep underwater off the coast of Brittany. But don't let these apparent follies disuade you from trying the excellent 2014, whose frame and length mark it out as quintessential and classical top-class Champagne. Its concentration, energy and balance have much more to do with Hervé's enthusiasm for biodynamic farming. It is a vibrant, steely style, with a long and tense, textured finish. Absolutley delicious. Disgorged September 2020, with 3 g/l dosage.

Ready: 2021 - 2030
Roger Coulon

2015 Rosélie Rosé Champagne, Roger Coulon

Dry | Rosé | Sparkling | 12%

Eric and Isabelle Coulon are the eighth generation of the family to make wines here, from their 10.8 hectare estate in Vrigny, on the Montagne de Reims. They farm with an uncommon closeness to the land, ploughing the soils and eschewing chemical intervention in both the vineyard and cellar. They favour long ageing and slightly lower pressure than the norm in Champagne (5 bars as opposed to 6), so the wines have a creamy, moussy texture. This rosé is 100% Pinot Meunier from old vines planted in Vrigny and Gueux. They use a short maceration to extract a pretty copper hue and the wine has a peppery, red fruit character which marries well with the creamy style.

Ready: 2021 - 2031
Vadin-Plateau

N/V Renaissance Extra Brut, Vadin-Plateau (2018 Base Vintage)

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

Yann Vadin is only in his late 20s, but has already earned huge respect for his wines, made from over 100 parcels scattered across 7 hectares in the Premier Cru village of Cumières to the north of Epernay and six other villages such as Aÿ, Damery, and Hautvillers. The domaine is certified organic, and practicing biodynamic. Renaissance comes exclusively from 40 year old Pinot Meunier grown in Cumières. It is made up of 80% from 2018 and 20% from 2017, it has not undergone malolactic fermentation, and is neither fined nor filtered. Yann has been experimenting with fermentation vessels, such as amphorae, but the technique that most defines his wines is the long bottle ageing he practices. The wine feels so subtle and composed, with a delicate floral nose and a soft creamy palate that glides. For the moment this estate represents seriously good value, and this is surely one of the stars of the future.

Ready: 2021 - 2029

2014 Bois des Jots, Vadin-Plateau

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12.5%

A mere 600 bottles of this cuvée were made from Yann Vadin's half hectare parcel of 60 year old Pinot Noir vines. Vinification in cement eggs, stainless steel tanks and old barrels was followed by ageing under cork before disgorgement with zero dosage in 2018. Considering the attention to detail and limited volume, this is exceptional value for money. Yann Vadin is only in his late 20s, but has already earned huge respect for his wines, made from over 100 parcels scattered across 7 hectares in the Premier Cru village of Cumières to the north of Epernay and six other villages such as Ay, Damery, and Hautvillers. The domaine is certified organic, and practicing biodynamic.

Ready: 2021 - 2030