Club Oenonlogique : The Grower Champagne Report 2023


Club Oenologique have released the second part of 2023 Champagne Report (first was focused on the major houses; part II, focused on grower Champagnes,) alongside Essi Avellan MW.

Sparkling results from a tasting of 320 wines crafted by the region’s dynamic, terroir-focused fizz makers. The report spans from Non-Vintages to recent releases, showcasing the extraordinary wealth of fine vintages and non vintages that are available right now.

This report’s producers very much spearhead Champagne’s new wave of sustainable, organic and biodynamic grower production (even if not all of them carry certifications). But one must bear in mind that they represent only a fraction of the 2000+ strong universe of grower Champagne. Also, defining small-producer Champagne is increasingly challenging as many are no longer registered as RM (récoltant-manipulant) but might have gone négociant, either to expand production or for other reasons.

Part One of Club Oenologique’s Champagne Report 2023 can be found here. Tasting notes and scores (featuring only those wines scoring 90 points and above).

Some of the growers we stock and their scores;

CHAMPAGNE VILMART & CIE, BLANC DE BLANCS 2012 95/100
CHAMPAGNE DHONDT-GRELLET, GRAND CRU CRAMANT BLANC DE BLANCS NV 95/100
CHAMPAGNE ULYSSE COLLIN, LES MAILLONS BLANC DE NOIRS NV 94/100
CHAMPAGNE ULYSSE COLLIN, LES PIERRIÈRES BLANC DE BLANCS NV 94/100
CHAMPAGNE VILMART & CIE, GRAND CELLIER NV 93/100
CHAMPAGNE VILMART & CIE, GRAND CELLIER D’OR 2018 93/100
CHAMPAGNE PENET-CHARDONNET, TERROIR ET SENS NV 91/100
CHAMPAGNE VILMART & CIE, GRANDE RÉSERVE NV 91/100
DOMAINE LA BORDERIE, DOUCE FOLIE NV 90/100