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Champagne Philippe Glavier Blanc de Blancs La Grâce d'Alphaël Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Philippe Glavier Blanc de Blancs La Grâce d'Alphaël Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

The Tasting Panel called this new disgorgement of one of our favorite Côte des Blancs Grower Champagnes “a screaming deal” in its 97 POINT review – and they weren’t even aware of the fantastic discount we have to offer!

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Time on Lees: 66 months
Disgorgement Date: April 2023
Dosage: 4.5 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Score: TP97

Why We Love It...

Get a load of this newest disgorgement of Philippe Glavier’s “La Grâce d'Alphaël” – we were BIG fans of the last disgorgement, and somehow…this one may even top it. Tasting Panel’s buzzing 97-point review astutely observes: “Readers should note that at this price point, this blend of Grand Cru plots from Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil, and Oger at 4.5g/L is a screaming deal.” And they’re talking about the $75 retail price tag…not our price of just $52! If you ever needed a sign to stock up on delectable Grower Champagne, this would be it!

I stumbled across this portfolio at a Grower Champagne-focused tasting (my very favorite sort!) several months back and they were one of the standouts for quality across their entire portfolio. We worked on this deal for quite some time and were delighted to see it come together! La Grâce d'Alphaël is known to be the angel of knowledge – and scoring some of this beauty certainly showcases bubbly wisdom of the highest caliber.

This 100% chardonnay has a 60% base of the 2017 vintage, with the remainder composed of the estate reserve wine. Some 5.5 years on the lees for integration, with a new disgorgement of April 2023, this has had plenty of age time to take it to the next level! It’s a blend of chardonnay from all of their holdings, predominantly Le Mesnil at 34%, then Cramant, followed by Oger, and Avize. Powerful yet elegant, intense yet subtle – this is the perfect expression of intense, mineral-driven Blanc de Blancs!

Philippe and Véronique Glavier have managed this small estate in the Grand Cru village of Cramant since 1995. Set in the Côte des Blancs, the estate isn’t the Glaviers' first rodeo in terms of the wine industry, however. Philippe and Véronique both hail from winegrowing families, with Véronique standing as the 12th generation of her family from the nearby village of Monthelon. Philippe is a third-generation vigneron, who inherited a small domaine that now serves as their base. Over the years, they’ve built their holdings to a total of 4.5 hectares – with 49 different plots in Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil. Each plot is farmed and vinified separately, granting the pair a nearly limitless possibility of chardonnay combinations for blending.

I LOVE this wine. The bouquet in this “angel of knowledge” cuvee is practically three-dimensional, lively, and opulent, with toasted almonds, orange blossoms, and roasted red apples – all framed by that warming, autolytic yeastiness. The mouthfeel is round and viscous to match, but with an uplifting and bright acidity that sparkles. Tangerine oil, Earl Grey tea, green apples, lemon cream, and Ruby Red grapefruit, accented by spice notes of clove and toasty barrel and finished with this sweet orange creamsicle finish. It’s clean and ample throughout – offering tons of pleasure and complexity for a rather exceptional price! We don’t have nearly as much as we’d like – and sadly, this won’t be around for long! 

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côte des Blancs
Vineyard: Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, and Avize Grand Cru Vineyards
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Philippe Glavier
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Oak: No
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Trout Pontchartrain

About the Producer

Champagne Philippe Glavier is a family owned estate in Cramant owned by Philippe and Véronique Glavier and established in 1995.  I total they farms 52 different plots that are all classified Grand Cru and are planted to Chardonnay.  They are passionate about farming and are certified HVE and produced exceptional limited production Champagnes. 

Champagne Philippe Glavier Blanc de Blancs La Grâce d'Alphaël Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

$52
$75

Retail

31

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