Caveau

A personally culled collection of the best of Burgundy & Grower Champagne, delivered to your door.

Caveau Selections -  from winemaker-importer Scott Paul Wright. We're specialists in the best of Burgundy and Grower Champagne, delivered to your door. Join our mailing list, sign-up for our Burgundy and Champagne Clubs, and take advantage of our exclusive pre-arrival offers. Start drinking hand-selected wines from the top artisanal producers at direct-import prices!

And the tour begins...

And we’re off and running. First stop, lunch at the fabulous Le Jardin in Reims – the Brasserie that’s part of the Les Crayères hotel and resort, on the most beautiful and elegant grounds in all of Champagne. You feel like your dining with Louis XV at Versailles, it’s that splendid. And the meal is not half bad…

Fork-tender lamb at Le Jardin

Fork-tender lamb at Le Jardin

Mind-blowing Lemon Tart...

Mind-blowing Lemon Tart...

We had a couple bottles of the Bereche Brut reserve, which was perfect with lunch. (Raphael Bereche is a close friend of my guy Aurélien Laherte, and another of the emerging rock stars in the grower Champagne movement.

Next, tasting at Laherte – which never fails to impress…

In the cellar with Aurélien Laherte

In the cellar with Aurélien Laherte

Aurélien Laherte continues to push the limits and expand the universe of what is possible with Champagne, especially with his superb holdings of Pinot Meunier and the single vineyard-single variety wines he’s producing on the Coteaux Sud d’Épernay. His vines are meticulously farmed, his wines beautifully balanced, and immensely alive. He took us through a great tasting this afternoon, including two new cuvées that will be released this fall – I’ll tease you here with the labels for now…

Dinner was at La Briqueterie,  Michelin 1-star just outside of Épernay. It was really excellent from top to bottom. We rocked a magnum of J-L Vergnon Blanc de Blanc to start, and plundered their cellar for the impossible-to-find Georges Laval Rosé Brut Nature – oh man, one of the truly great wines on the planet.

More foie gras? Yes, please...

More foie gras? Yes, please...

It’s been a great first day for the tour group, except for two of our guests from Seattle who got trapped in the Paris airport this morning due to a bomb scare for 2 hours. Yikes! Fortunately they finally were free to go and head over to Champagne, but what a way to kick off the trip!

More from the cellars tomorrow…