Let us tell you about one of our favorite new champagne growers. OK, “new” might not but the right word because the family has been growing grapes in Avize since 1912, but the estate is new to us and to the US market, so we’re very excited to introduce the wines. So, on to the details:
Corbon Champagne is a small estate in the Grand Cru village of Avize, located in the Cote de Blancs. As the name implies, this sub-region is known for turning out excellent bubblies made from the chardonnay grape, and the Blanc de Blancs of Corbon prove this point.
The estate is overseen by Agnes Corbon who returned to the family vines in 2004 after a stint working in the European food business as an engineer and buyer. In the 1970s, her father, Claude, worked up the courage (with a little push from the economic downturn) to keep the grapes and make champagne under the family label. Agnes has continued the work he started, experimenting with organics in the vineyard, and turning out wines that we love and are eager to introduce to a wider audience.
We’re lucky enough to have a range of Corbon wines in stock. And recently, we were even luckier to host a wine dinner featuring some library bottles (a.k.a. older and straight from the estate cellar) that prove how well the wines can age.
Corbon Blanc de Blancs Brut 2004 (battonage) – there's also a non-battonage cuvee, but if pressed, we'll admit we prefer this one - it's the richer of the two, showing more biscuit notes and texture. Price: $59.99
Corbon Blanc de Blancs Brut 1995 MAGNUM – absolutely gorgeous. Showing the toffee and rich brioche that comes with age, while maintaining an underlying freshness. Price: $280 (that’s essentially $140/bottle for gorgeously aged bubbles direct from the estate cellar)
To purchase, go to our WINES pages and search on CORBON.