Favorite Artisan Champagnes

Lucien Michel | May 18, 2021

Benoit Dehu - Marie-Noelle Ledru - Frédéric Savart
I am always eager to discover new artisan Champagnes and, with the warmer days arriving in Hong Kong, we have the perfect excuse to open more bottles and try new producers.
I have selected some of my favorites currently available, with an exciting new addition to our portfolio: Marie-Noelle Ledru.
Marie-Noelle Ledru is a true artisan winemaker, uniquely pursuing her beliefs. From the great village of Ambonnay, renowned for its Pinot Noir, she crafts her range of Champagnes from a tiny 2 hectares plot of vines. We are pleased to offer the Goulté Blanc de Noirs 2006 - her top wine - made from 100% Pinot Noir. It displays crystalline purity and precision, with incredibly enticing and perfumed aromatics. Impressive qualities that Champagne lovers are always on the lookout for.
Benoit Dehu is a grower that is all about texture, crafting cuvées from 100% Pinot Meunier and bringing out the true character from this grape variety. With low yields and low dosage, the Champagnes are intense and impressively vibrant, yet layered and balanced. La Rue Des Noyers 2014 is from a 1.7 hectares parcel of the same name, providing tension and fine minerality. It would be a perfect match with seafood.
Frederic Savart is also another small estate with 4 hectares under vine, mostly in the village of Ecueil in Petite Montagne de Reims. His Champagnes are terroir-driven and pure. Le Mont Benoit 2014 is my favorite single vineyard from this immensely talented grower. This Premier Cru is fine and complex with spices, ginger, bright citrus, and flinty notes. It is quite sharp and vinous with a pronounced acidity that makes it the perfect partner with your meal.
Enjoy them, discover them while stock lasts. Cheers!