We had to share this great little gem we found. Champagne Piollot Cuvee Reserve Brut is a grower produced champagne. There are a lot of players in the champagne game. Land is divided among many owners. Champagne production requires either a lot of labor or a lot of equipment. Many grape growers sell their grapes to large champagne houses. These champagne houses are both equipped to handle the production and they need the grapes to supplement the fruit from their own lands. There are a small percentage of champagnes that are estate grown and produced. If a label includes “RM” or “recoltant manipulant” it is a grower produced champagne. They can be quite spendy. This one was ~$40. Look for it.
Smells like: cooked apple, buttered bread, orange peel
Tastes like: There is a depth of flavor across the entire tasting experience. Lovely fruit, bright spark mid palate, and an extended finish. Can’t wait to have it with spanakopita.