Grower Champagnes

Stellar Grower Champagnes for New Year's Eve

Another year is almost gone, and we're going out in style, with a great offer on 4 different Grower Champagnes. What is Grower Champagne? These are wines that are made and bottled by the same individuals who grew the grapes. They are quite different from the mass-produced, commercial bubblies produced by the larger Champagne houses, which almost always rely on grapes grown by hundreds of farmers throughout the region.

One of the main reasons we champion "Farmer Fizz" is because they have more terroir character and individual personalities, as the grapes that go into these wines come from just one place. Beyond that, these small growers spend little to no money on marketing or advertising, relying on indie wine shops (like us) and restaurants to spread the good word for them. At the end of the day, we think you should pay for wine-in-bottle, not full-page ads in magazines or commercials on TV. Trust us, you're certainly not compromising quality when you drink Grower Champagnes.

Bourdaire Gallois Extra Brut

1. Champagne Bourdaire-Gallois Tradition Extra Brut 

48 bottles available 

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David Bourdaire farms 8 hectares situated in and around the village of Pouillon, in the northernmost part of Champagne. The cooler and more challenging climate of the region is why David works so heavily with the later-budding Pinot Meunier. He farms organically, his vines are old, and he finishes the wine with a dosage of zero grams per liter. If you like your Champagne super dry, this is the wine for you. Offering up zesty notes of green apple, blanched almonds, sea salt, this is laser-focused Champagne with great texture and weight.

Thierry Triolet Grande Reserve

2. Champagne Thierry Triolet Grande Reserve Brut 

36 bottles available 

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Many of you know and love the wines of Thierry Triolet, as we have stocked them for over a decade. Based in the village of Bethon in the Cotes de Sezanne, an extension of the Cotes des Blancs, this is prime Chardonnay territory. In addition to making their own wines, the Triolets sell to many of the larger Champagne houses. Their Grande Reserve is an incredible bottle of wine that should cost a lot more. 100% Chardonnay that includes healthy amounts of older, reserve wines, this is aged on the lies for 36 months. The resulting wine is lovely, showcasing notes of tangerine, pear skin, honeysuckle, and dusty mineral.

Jose Michel Brut Tradition

3. Champagne Jose Michel Brut Tradition

48 bottles available 

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Jose Michel was one of the early champions of Pinot Meunier, and his wines enjoy a cult following worldwide. He passed away in 2019, but his grandson Antonin is very capably running this Moussy-based estate, just south of Epernay. Michel's Brut Tradition is fermented in older oak casks, and the blend here is 70% Pinot Meunier grown in clay soils, and 30% Chardonnay grown in limestone-rich soils. The resulting wine is smooth, weighty, and classic on the palate, offering up a nice mix of citrus and orchard fruits, finishing with a hit of citrus zest and mineral. Brilliant stuff at a great price!

Thierry Triolet Rose Brut

4. Champagne Thierry Triolet Rose Brut

48 bottles available 

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Last but not least, Triolet's Brut Rose tastes just as good as it looks. 85% Chardonnay and 15% still Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this is what Lynn and I will be toasting the new year with. The appearance of this wine is a beautiful, vivid orange/pink, and this offers up a highly aromatic bouquet of fresh strawberry, cherry, rose oil, rhubarb, and buttery brioche. Finishing smooth and silky, that floral note lingers on the finish.

There you go folks, drink small grower bubbles, drink better, and save money! Team Table Wine is wishing you and yours a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2023. Cheers and thanks for all of your business this year. We'll see you soon.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville