CHAMPAGNE CHARLES COQUET
Great Champagne is a splurge and an investment—or so goes the conventional thinking.
In recent years, though, we've witnessed a welcome and exciting development in the marketplace: the emergence of good Champagnes at good prices.
And today we're happy to share three that showed out beautifully in our recent tasting, all from an historic label—including a Brut grand cru that Wine Enthusiast awarded 93 points—and at a best price offer under $50.
Coquet is both a revival project and a pet project, a story of death and rebirth. Maker of prize-winning Champagnes in the 1920s, the brand disappeared with the demise of founder Charles Coquet. In 2020, a hundred years after the company's founding, the family has revived the label. Once again, the vines are flourishing on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims.
The grape plots are spread over several villages classified Grand Cru (French for "great growth"): Louvois, Bouzy, and Ambonnay, a.k.a. the trio of terroirs recognized as being of the highest quality in the Champagne region. The family is steadfast in its commitment to purity in the winemaking process, and for that reason emphasizes natural and organic methods, permitting no herbicides or chemicals in production.
Three cuvées make up the line: L’Elégant Grand Cru, Rosé Chic Grand Cru, and Dandy Grand Cru. Rare for a new winery, all three won recent commendation from Wine Enthusiast—a testament to the quality of the vines, as well as to a family that has been painstakingly detailed in its quest to connect present and past.
Of the Grand Cru Brut L'Elegant, the Enthusiast’s Roger Voss noted the "impressive bottle aging," writing: "Wood fermented and then bottle aged from 2014, the blend of half-and-half Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is toasty, crisp with citrus and ready to drink."
Right on the money, Roger. And the fact that it—and indeed, all three of these—can be had for a best price offer under $50? Reason enough, I’d say, to pop a cork.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2021-2022. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, September 23, 2021.