Champagne Autreau de Champillon – tasting notes

On his last tour in France Peter found some Champagnes that our guests raved about and insisted we import.

These wines have never been imported into the USA before, they’re from a top-class, independent family producer and offer outstanding quality and real terroir character, far below the cost of the “Big Houses” and with a whole lot more soul in them. We’re making the most of the Dollar’s current strong value against the Euro to bring in these wines at a great price.


Here are Peter’s notes:


Champagne Autreau de Champillon

Rosé 1er Cru


Lovely red fruit sorbet, strawberry/raspberry. Easy drinking, nice touch of vanilla. Very classy Rosé.

Blanc de Blanc 1er Cru


Allspice, Christmas pudding, hazelnut, some pineapple… really yummy! Good minerality behind the fruit. Peter’s pick for best value!

Brut Reserve 2002 Grand Cru


High class, great minerality, biscuit, great body, long and fat. knocks the socks off wines at twice the price.

Les Perles de la Dhuy 2002


More flowery, rose petal, fruits de bois, cold stones, vanilla, yeasty biscuit. Great complexity. Another favorite of Peter’s!

Cuvee 1670 Grand Cru


Very very nice. Full, rounded tannins, complex & multilayered, warm & velvety. This is one for special occasions and special people J




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The Autreau family’s history in the village of Champillon, 5 km from Epernay, dates from 1670 and they have been making Champagne since the time of Dom Perignon. The 30-hectare vineyard includes Chardonnay from Grand Crus lands of Chouilly in the Cote des Blancs and Pinot Noir from Grand Cru and Premier Cru land in the Vallee de la Marne, where the Pinot Meunier is also grown.


And just a little “FYI”… the group that tasted these wines with me are some of our most experienced and discriminating guests. They’re not easy to impress, and I threw this producer into an itinerary that included great names such as Krug, Ruinart, Philipponnat and Tarlant. Autreau’s wines not only stood up to the competition but were good enough for every member of this group to place an order! This is not strictly a “one-off” shipment, but it will certainly be a while before we get more of these, so take advantage of this offer while the Dollar is strong!

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