Sipping on quality Champagne doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor! Too many consider the category a luxury beverage that is only appreciated at one-off special events. The truth is there are more and more single-grower efforts hitting our shores that won’t break the bank. Furthermore, Champagne is one of the most versatile food pairing wines on the planet and deserves to be served more often than not.
We just took stock of two small single-grower producers that feature Pinot Meunier. It’s a grape rarely found outside of the Champagne district and too often gets overlooked by the more noble Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I find that Pinot Meunier comes off less assertive than Chardonnay and often has more alluring red fruit components than Pinot Noir. Bottom line, Pinot Meunier has “frothy” mass appeal and these go down a whole lot easier at our $29.99 price!
Support the small family farmer with these affordable prices and these will run circle around Moet "White Star" and Veuve Clicquot "Yellow Label"! Both are ready to please and perfect for dinner entertaining and backyard barbecues. Sometimes you deserve an upgrade from those bargain Proseccos and Cavas.
This is an elegant champagne with delicate bubbles and a refreshing light airy consistency noted by flowery aromatics. Certainly an excellent aperitif champagne. It’s extremely rare to find a Champagne made with 100% Pinot Meunier, but after tasting, I see why the importer brought this into the states.
In 1857, Eugène Cadel, son of an established wine making family in Damery, became owner of the property at his coming of age. Vigneron at heart, wine expert, a man of great character and a natural salesman he started making his own champagne.
He built the Champagne House at the end of the 19th century and in 1921, his son in law René Filaine, also the son of several generations of grower-makers, took over the reins.
In 1944, Marguerite Filaine, the grand daughter, married Louis Casters, the son of a Belgian Farming family, who arrived in the 1920’s to run a farm in the region. They took over the House and created the Brand Louis Casters.Their son, Jean-Louis, took over from them and developed the House with his wife Angèle Sleurs, who also came from Belgium.
In turn their son Johan has continued the growth and modernization of the House with his wife Valérie. The Champagnes are highly respected in the Region, being present in all the high-end restaurants.
Their clientele is mostly French and Belgian, with people travelling great distances to buy their Champagne from these fellow Flemish speakers.
Their Champagnes are pure and complex and they make single cépage wines from each of the major varieties as well as blends. All the wines are excellent and very different in character.
The property extends to 10 Hectares and has a family driven resource of a further 25 hectares of vines from the Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards of the region totalling 35 hectares in all.
The house maintains a "less is more" approach in the handling of the wines with Johan following Culture Raisonée practices with as little interference in the natural processes as possible.
The perfect apertif wine!