Skip Nav
Food News
The First Pumpkin Spice Product Has Just Hit Store Shelves — Heaven Help Us
Fast and Easy
The Perfect Pasta Solution If You Don't Want to Fully Commit to Veggie Noodles
Summer
The 1 Thing I Always Put on Ice Cream to Make It Better (No, Not Sprinkles)

Champagne Eric Isselee

Wine of the Day: Champagne Eric Isselée

When one of country's top sommeliers invites you to a tasting of little-known Champagnes, how do you say no? That's the predicament I found myself in yesterday, when Eugenio Jardim, wine director of Jardinière, invited us to join a tasting with Champagne importer Esprit de Champagne. Thankfully, I had no reason not to accept.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Although certain brands, like Moët & Chandon or Perrier-Jouët, are prevalent in America, there are thousands of wines from the region of Champagne that have never made their way stateside. Wine importer and Esprit de Champagne founder Neil Michael Dixon saw this gap and, in an effort to bring high-quality labels to the United States, spent years honing relationships with growers across the region. "It was quite a lot of hard work," Neil said of getting his foot in the (famously tight) Champagne door. There, most business is conducted locally, and many excellent producers don't even ship to other parts of the country, like the South of France.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

One prime example of this is Eric Isselée, a domaine out of the village of Cramant that produces a style of Champagne that's starkly different from what's available on shelves now. The 2009 Cuvée des Grappes d'Or Blancs de Blancs ($35) is more creamy than crisp, thanks to a secondary process of malolactic fermentation. Rather than the yeast-tinged bouquet that so many classic French Champagnes offer, this bottle possesses a certain quality that can only be described as a deep earthiness, followed by a minerally, almost salty finish. Since it's currently sold only at a handful of retail stores and restaurants on the West Coast, this vintage Champagne is still relatively scarce. If you see a bottle of this, hop on it.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Nicole-Perry Nicole-Perry 3 years
I love how earthy and creamy this champagne is, it almost has notes of mushrooms (in a good way, really). Truly worth seeking out for both the novelty of the flavor, and also because put simply, it's delicious. 
Honest Wine Labels
Wine Glass That Doesn't Spill
Sugarfina Rose Wine Gummy Bears
Eva Longoria's Wine Instagrams
How to Develop a Taste For Wine
Best Cheap Bottle of Wine at Walmart
Why You Shouldn't Brush Your Teeth After Drinking Wine

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food
X