Roland Champion

This small grower estate is located in the Grand Cru Village of Chouilly, in the Côte des Blancs. The vineyard of Chouilly has a south, southeast sun exposure, which gives the chardonnay its delicate aromas.
Founded in 1951 by André Champion, his son Roland expanded the company by purchasing some new land, and gave his name to the family house of Champagne. François is the third generation of the family and continues in his father’s footsteps. He is the enologist and currently runs the company. He farms their 18 hectares (44.5 acres) and blends wines resulting from different parcels and various vintages to elaborate his Cuvées.
The property consists of 40 different parcels planted with the following grape types:

  • Chardonnay: 70%
  • Pinot Meunier: 22%
  • Pinot Noir: 8% in the commune of Verneuil

The grapes are harvested manually, which is the rule in Champagne. Then, the grapes are immediately pressed in-site to avoid oxidation and preserve the quality of the grapes.
The wine is aged in their cellar made of chalk where the constant temperature is 10/12°C (50/54°F).

 

Blanc de Blanc Brut NV

100% « chardonnay » – « Blanc de Blancs »
100% Grand Cru from Chouilly, chalky soil and subsoil
26 months ageing minimum
Blend: 65% of the juice of the 2008 / 20% of 2007 et 15% of 2006

Reviews:

"Spiced with ground anise and ginger accents, this offers notes of poached pear, lemon meringue pie, hazelnut and stony mineral. Very elegant and well-meshed throughout, with a silky finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,500 cases made. –AN"
- Wine Spectator (November 30, 2012), 92 pts

Price: Fl $420, 2cs $400
 
Blanc de Blanc Brut 2000 vtg

The 2002 Vintage is aged for 6 years (instead of the minimum 36 months required by law). This cuvee is made from 100% Chardonnay (this grape ages very well) and is produced from the free run juice only.

Reviews:

"The finesse and creamy texture in this bubbly are as much a part of the experience as its peach, ripe apple, coffee and mineral flavors. This is vivid and long, with a savory aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2025."
- Wine Spectator (Dec 2010), 92 pts

Price: $520 net
 
Cuvee Aramis

70% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay
Cuvee Aramis is the newest addition to the Champion Champagne line up. The wine is powerful and displays unique minerality and finesse.

Reviews:

"This delicate version features well-meshed acidity, with a thread of aromatic ground spice winding through the flavors of fresh quince, white peach and green almond. Moderate finish. Drink now. 900 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (June 30th 2013), 90 pts

Price: Fl $380, 2cs $360
 
Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Special Club Brut 2007

Only exceptional harvests are selected for this Vintage - 2007
100% chardonnay – Blanc de Blancs
100% Grand Cru from Chouilly, chalky soil and subsoil
4 year ageing minimum
6 grams dosage
Strict selection of plots from their oldest vineyards.
The Special Club concept started in 1971.
A dozen of wine growers from some old families of Champagne had an idea to familiarize people with the originality of the “Champagne de Vigneron” (Champagne of wine grower), thanks to prestigious vintages.
In the beginning, they created an association called the “Club des Viticulteurs Champenois” and chose a bottle with a special shape created only for them.
In 1988, they changed the bottle and the label. The current packaging has been the same since 1988. In 1999, the Club changed its name to “Club Trésor of Champagne”.
To be a member of this Club, Champagne producers have to elaborate their Cuvées in their own facility, meaning the pressing, bottling, ridding, disgorging, etc., have to be done at the domaine/estate. Then, only the Recoltants-Manipulants are accepted.
Everybody has to respect the Club’s rules to ensure the quality. These rules include:
* Only vintages
* Two tastings to control the quality: the first one after the blending, when the wine is still “Vin Clair” (juice) and another after the 3 years (or more) of ageing “sur lattes”.
There are 26 members, each of whom can produce his Special Club with his own techniques:
* blending or “monocru” (only one grape variety)
* “blanc de blancs” or “blanc de noirs”; ageing from 3 to 10 years, brut or extra-brut.

Reviews:

"Well-knit, with a fine texture and a subtle blend of Gala apple, bread dough, pickled ginger, apricot and meringue. Shows good intensity through to the minerally finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made. –AN"
- Wine Spectator (November 30, 2012), 92 pts
- Wine Enthusiast (December 1st 2012), 92 pts

Price: Fl $360, 2cs $340 (6pks)