Petit & Bajan "Ambrosie" Grand Cru Brut Champagne MV
Chardonnay Blend｜Avize, Champagne
You typically won't find big-name Champagne houses here; anyone can sell Perrier-Jouët or Dom Pérignon. We prefer to bring you small families and growers with unique stories, the likes of which you can't find on every grocery store shelf in the country.
Petit & Bajan are true "grower winemakers," making wine from fruit from only their own land, a practice far from common in Champagne. This level of control ensures top-notch farming practices and unrelenting attention to detail. They're mentored by none other than close friend and neighbor Anselme Selosse, whose Champagnes are some of the most allocated and prized bottles in the world.
Site and terroir matter – they're based in the Grand Cru village of Avize just down the road from the Selosse estate, whose entry-level Champagnes run $250/bottle or more (if you can find them).
The blend is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay adds lightning-like green apple and loads of saline savory minerals; Pinot Noir comes in on the end providing glorious texture, pink berry fruits, and vinous floral aromatics. They keep dosage low for a strikingly ultra-dry, knife's-edge finish.
No detail was spared in the making and maturation of this amazing sparkler – although it's a "multi-vintage" (MV) blend, it comes predominantly from the 2013 vintage and spends an extraordinary seven years on its lees before disgorgement, an investment of time and money that shows in every sip.
Take in the hand-turned, throwback bottle, the aromatic finesse, the glorious texture –this is an artisanal product through and through. And it's only getting better with time; drink now or hold it for another two years to watch it refine further.