Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Shop Our Holiday Champagne Selection!

We have over 60 champagnes and selected sparkling wines from outside the Champagne district. Our 16th annual December Champagne Tasting was the best so far. Do plan to join us again next year. Meanwhile, we've got special champagne discounts now through December 31st - and we deliver!
December 3, 2018

 

At our tasting, we had 60 champagnes and selected sparkling wines from outside the Champagne district. In selecting them from close to 300 tasted, we valued definition and expression over power, and precision over richness. This year, space forced us to exclude other fine ones, which are now on sale on our website and in-store.

        You will find some familiar names here. Some of our favorite grands marques – Bollinger,RoedererDeutzTaittinger and Pol Roger – are back, the last two featuring their ultra cuvees Comtes de Champagne and Winston Churchill. You will find excellent, small batch champagnes from houses you may be discovering for the first time – Gosset, Philipponat, Jacquesson, andLeclerc Briant.

        Estate grown wines exemplify hand craft and will make up roughly half the tasting. We have many wines from champagne's premium areas: Montagne de ReimsCote des BlancsVallee de Marneas well as examples from the newer Cote de Sezanne and Cote de Bar. Although Champagne's northern wet climate make the process difficult, we have several fine organic wines.

        Some notable non-champagnes: Of the new crop of English sparkling wines we liked Gubourne and Nyetimber, the latter being the choice of the royal court. 

        Many of these wines come from vineyards of such high quality that they need little or no added dosage or sweetening to make them drinkable. These drier champagnes are labeled NatureZero Dosage, or Extra Brut.

                                                                            

The Sale: There is a single bottle sale price and a price for six or more of one wine, both good through December 31, 2018.

 

Grand Marques

     The bigger traditional brands. Whether your taste runs to Bollinger's deep richness, Deutz's pretty grace, Roederer's lifted balance, Taittinger's suave smoothness, or Pol Roger's power, one of these will satisfy.

Sale Price / 6 or more Price

Ayala Brut Majeur 50 42.5

Billecart Salmon Brut 57 48.45

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose 93 78.99

Bollinger Brut Reserve 69 58.65

Cuvee William Deutz 2006 139 118

Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2011 85 72.25

Deutz Brut 2009 70 59.5

Deutz Brut Classic 47 39.95

Deutz Brut Rose 65 55.25

Gosset Brut Excellence 45 38.25

Henriot Blanc de Blancs 63 53.55

Henriot Brut Souverain 45 38.25

Lanson Black Label Brut 45 38.25

Lanson Rose 60 51

Nicholas Feuillatte Brut 35 29.75

Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 2006 311 264.35

Pol Roger Brut 83 70.55

Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs 2009 135 114.75

Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2011 99 83.99

Roederer Brut Nature 89 75.65

Roederer Brut Premier 54 45.99

Taitiinger Brut 2012 89 75.65

Taittinger Brut La Francaise 54 45.9

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 209 178

Taittinger Folies Marquettrie 95 80.75

Taittinger Prestige Rose 72 61

 

Small and Craft Negociant

Individuality and character in these smaller production wines. Jacquesson are making some of the finest and richest non-vintage cuvees. Gosset for excellence, breed and power. Leclerc Briant for power and definition in Pinot Meunier. 

Sale Price / 6 or more Price

Collet Brut Art Deco 40 33.99

Jacquesson 740 75 63.75

Le Mesnil Sublime Grand Cru 2012 50 42.5

Le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru 45 38.25

Moutard Blanc de Noirs 34 28.9

Delamotte Brut 53 45.05

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 70 59.5

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2008 110 93.5

Delamotte Rose 95 80.75

Ployez Jacquemart Extra Quality Dosage Zéro 55 46.75

Ployez Jacquemart Extra Brut Rose 60 51

Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve 68 57.8

 

Estate

Cote de Blancs & Cote de Sezanne

Chardonnay is king here. The wines show great definition in individual styles, and stood out in our tastings for elegance, directness, or power. Le Mesnil delivers a lot of value for the money from one of the Cote's best communes. You can taste the long lees aging in Corbon's wines,  the breadth inGrongnet, lift in Petitjean Pienne, depth in Larmandier Bernier.

Sale Price / 6 or more Price

André Jacquart Brut Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru 50 42.5

Corbon Avize Blanc de Blancs 2006 78 66.3

Grongnet Blanc de Blancs 51 43.35

Jean Milan Brut d'Oger Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 50 42.5

Larmandier Bernier Longitude Blanc de Blancs 65 55.25

Petit-Jeannne Cramant Pienn Cœur de Chardonnay 49 41.65

Dhondt-Grellet Dans un Premiere Temps 55 46.75

 

Montagne de Reims

More Pinot Noir here. Georges Remy has started a fine new estate. Godme ande Amarguet are organic and biodynamic. Clouet wines are excellent values . Pierre Paillard Parcelles was our single most purchased wine last year. Only 6 cases left at the price. LaBruyere is highly rated new estate.ˆ

Sale Price / 6 or more Price

Camille Saves Carte Blanche 1er Cru 47 39.95

Georges Remy Blanc de Noirs Non-dose 79 67.15

Georges Remy Les Quatre Terroirs Extra Brut 63 53.55

Godme Rose Brut- Grand Cru 62 52.7

JM Labruyere Brut Prologue 50 42.5

Marguet Shaman Rose (2015) 71 60.35

Paul Clouet Brut Grand Cru 59 50.15

Paul Clouet Brut Selection 54 45.9

Paul Clouet Rose Brut Grand Cru 70 59.5

Pierre Paillard Brut Les Parcelles 49 41.65

Ponson La Petite Montagne 60 51

Vallee de Marne

More Pinot Meunier here - Excellent finely delineated wines.

Sale Price / 6 or more Price

Bedel Origin'elle 55 46.75

Bedel Vin Secret 70 59.5

Cristophe Mignon Brut Natur Pinot Meunier 53 45.5

Mousse Solera Blanc de Noirs L'Or d'Eugene 50 42.5

 

The South

We taste rounder fruitier wines from this up-and-coming Champagne area. Robert Barbichon made a more complex wine from the 4 organically grown grape varieties in this blend. Gerbais was one of our most popular wines last year

Sale Price / 6 or more Price

Gerbais Grains de Celles 43 36.55

Barbichon Blanc de Noirs 59 50.15

 

Other

Two excellent sparkling wines from England, and a pair from a fine winery in the south of France

Sale Price / 6 or more Price

Gusbourne Brut Rose England 77 65.45

NyeTimber Classic England 71 60.35

J.Laurens Cremant de Limoux “Le Clos des Demoiselles Brut 2016 Limoux 21.99 18.69

J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Rose #7 Limoux 19.99 16.99

 

Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: order@federalwine.com

 

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           - Len Rothenberg