REGION: Champagne Montagne de Reims

Arnaud Margaine and, increasingly, his daughter Mathilde run this 100 year old estate in the village of Villers-Marmery in the Montagne. An island of Chardonnay in a sea of Pinot Noir, the Margaine’s produce stunning near blanc de blancs from their east facing, chalk laden vineyards.
Twin brothers Philippe and Pierre Aubry run this Montagne de Reims estate with a winemaking history back to 1790. For years they’ve championed Champagne’s lesser-known varieties of Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Their range of wines are always excellent and an incredible value.
The Vesselle family has roots in Champagne that date back more than 300 years. Based in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims, David and Delphine Vesselle are grower-producers who sustainably farm these precious parcels, home to some of the finest Pinot Noir in all of Champagne.
Alexandre Chartogne is a bonafide superstar in Champagne. After studying for some time with Anselme Selosse, in 2006 Alexandre returned to his family’s domain in the northern Montagne village of Merfy. From single vineyard wines to NV cuvées, his Champagnes seem to reach greater heights every year.
Egly-Ouriet produces vinous, terroir expressive, Champagne primarily from the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay (the best for Pinot Noir in Champagne), where he is widely regarded as the finest grower. All of Egly’s wines are aged extensively on the lees, lending the wines an added dimension and depth.
Laetitia Billiot is the 4th generation to produce Champagnes at this domaine in the Grand Cru Village of Ambonnay. She produces excellent wines, packed with flavor and depth. Malolactic fermentation is always blocked leaving a bright acidity to balance the warmth and ripeness of Ambonnay fruit.
Sébastien Mouzon runs this Demeter certified Biodynamic estate in the Grand Cru village of Verzy. He is part of the “third wave” of grower-producers who are pushing the boundaries of what’s been seen in Champagne. Sébastien’s wines are incredible, they are delicious, thoughtful, mineral and incisive
David Pehu is the 4th generation to lead this excellent estate in Verzenay. Pehu is certified Organic as of 2019 and has a more Burgundian approach to winemaking, utilizing barriques and producing lieu-dit specific wines. These cuvées tend to be quite vinous, dark fruited, and structured.
Laurent Champs is the 5th generation to oversee this storied domain in Rilly-La-Montagne. This tiny 7.5h estate produces some of the finest Champagnes available. All vinification/aging occurs in oak, and malolactic fermentation is blocked, producing luxuriously textured wines with electric acidity.