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Re-Load Opportunity On A Sub-$30 Best Selling Champagne - 04/05/2017 - Champagne

You simply don’t find true Champagne for under $30 that often and never of the quality of the Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut. Consistently one of our top-sellers, we can’t keep this amazing bottle of bubbles on the shelf. Our newest shipment has recently arrived, so now is the time to load up on this terroir-driven, picture perfect bottle of Champagne.

With five years on the lees the "Carte Blanche" has a level of complexity that soars far and above its modest price. A classic blend of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier, it is clean, focused, and refreshing with a pleasant toasty note that carries into its long finish. Made in an open and accessible style it is sure to appeal to a very wide audience. We love tracking down outstanding values and there is little question the "Carte Blanche" is among the very best we’ve found. We expect this long time customer favorite and best seller to fly off the shelves, so don’t delay in scooping up your bottles today.

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Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne ($27.99)

Don't let the low price fool you; this is a great bottle of Champagne. The Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" is made of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. A balanced cuvée in every way, this Champagne is clean and powerful at once. It has a natural toasty quality from spending five full years on the lees, and plenty of refreshing zip from the far northern location of the vineyards. No bottle in our inventory transports me to Champagne like this one. It is as true to the terroir and as pure as anything I could wish for! You don't have to settle for sparkling wine when you can have great Champagne at this price! Our current selection has a 2010 base wine. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 27, 2016

Based on the 2009 harvest, Carte Blanche spends five years on the lees, and has the biscuity notes to prove it. Ariston is committed to making a high-quality entry level wine, and theres no doubt hes accomplished that here. A traditional cépage of 40% Chardonnay and 30% each of Pinot Noir and Meunier, the Carte Blanche shows apple and crunchy pear fruit, tempered by underlying chalky notes, mousse texture, and a toasty finish.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 27, 2016

A great mousse, clean apple, subtle cherry. Lovely freshness with a distinct bready top note. Rare to find a better value than this in Champagne, the Ariston's commitment to quality is second to none and thanks to our DI relationship, we're selling this at Cremant prices!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2016

Excellent bubbles at an excellent price! For those of you who like Veuve Clicquot, this effort from Ariston has ample yeast and toast but, not too much. Golden apple fruit and hints of caramel and vanilla. Great by itself or with chicken, salmon or pork.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2015

The rich, deep, golden yellow color of the Ariston Aspasie Carte Blanche is a tiny hint at the expressive, and explosive purity fruit that lies within this cuvee of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier. Very few Champagnes have the amount of chalky minerality that is present in the Carte Blanche, let alone a cuvee that is priced less than $30! Whats even more impressive than the amount of minerality is the broad, rich texture that lets everyone know how perfectly this Champagne with pair with foods of all fairs.

Staff ImageJim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2014

It is remarkable to me, and to much of our wine staff, some of the unique, profoundly produced Champagnes from the small producers that Gary Westby, our Champagne Wine Buyer, has discovered over the last decade. Virtually all of these producers, including the Aristons, are making sparkling wine strictly from estate fruit from Grand Cru recognized vineyard sites, and in small lots. As with any small producer, these wines are hands-on creations that are given extensive individual attention and long term aging before being disgorged. The Ariston Carte Blanches exquisite, superb quality is at a mind boggling low price vis-à-vis its style and complexity. Rich and authoritative both on its nutty, doughy yeasty nose and in the mouth, the very fine mousse leads to an amazingly rich, full style brut, with a long, intense finish. Some of you will probably not enjoy this Gem, due to the fact that you have gotten use to flavorless, bulk productions from the international, well-known, simply made name brands, but for those of you that seek complexity and profoundness in your Champagne, you will not find one even close in quality to this Gem at this price. The Guys (Rusty, Eby, The Beaner, and Rizzo) have forcefully made this our house sparkling wine forever. Don't be afraid to age this wonderful Champagne; it will only keep getting better. ABV 12%

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 02, 2014

I think the Ariston Aspasie Carte Blanche Brut was one of the first grower-producer Champagnes I ever purchased from K&L. It remains to this day our best value in Champagne, and a superb introduction to the grower producer (RM) Champagnes. If your usual Champagne experience is Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon, you owe it to yourself to try the Carte Blanche from Paul-Vincent Ariston. With roughly equal parts of the three classic Champagne grapes, and a retail price comfortably south of $30, this is a no-brainer. Open a bottle for no reason in the middle of the week. You'll feel like royalty.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2014

Carte Blanche is always tasty, a Champagne with a soft bead, nice toast, crowd appeal and great value. This current batch, though, based on the very strong 2008 vintage, is impressive. Brighter than usual, with great purity and tasty fruit, easily the most impressive batch we have received. I'd be happy with this at $40, but for $28 it's one of our great values right now.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2013

I can't think of a single bottle of Champagne at K&L that has brought me such consistent pleasure as the Ariston Aspasie Carte Blanche. The Ariston family has worked very hard to deliver this great bottle to the Champagne lovers of the world. Most producers age their Champagne for less than three years in the bottle before shipping, but the Carte Blanche gets five years. It is entirely estate grown by one of the most careful growers in the business. On top of all that it is made in one of the most modern, temperature controlled wineries of any small producer that I have visited. The result is one of the best aperitif bottles that we sell; toasty and full, yet refreshing and crisp, a perfect balance between aged complexity and youthful vigor. And then there is the price--so fair that Cinnamon and I have had the opportunity to impact the world supply with our consumption! Don't miss it.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 02, 2013

Vines have been cultivated on this tiny property in the hamlet of Brouillet for five generations, and it has remained a customer and staff favorite here for several years. Yeasty, full and complex, the Carte Blanche exhibits a fine intensely-focused bead with lively notes of tart apples, dried hazelnuts, vanilla and toast, all in all a remarkably well-built Brut that will compare well to cuvées at double the price. It is perfect for entertaining.

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2012

This is my kind of Champagne! Toasty, yeasty, and dry. The price speaks for itself! We are so lucky to get great champagne at sparkling wine prices!

Staff ImageJim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 26, 2012

A great toasty, rich, dry brut to serve at any occasion, be it with food or without. Clean and pure, this is well balanced champagne with great apple and nut notes at an unbelievable price.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 29, 2011

This is the go to value Champagne here at K&L. Dry, toasty with subtle fruit notes. Everything you want from Champagne except for the price tag!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 18, 2011

This is made of 40% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir and 30% meunier. Bone dry,with good complexity & GREAT price.

Staff ImageGary Lai | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2010

Yes, this is it! A balanced Champagne not too light, nor yeasty. This is an elegant bubbly tasting just right on the palate. For the price, this is clearly a winner! Drink one tonight and keep another bottle on stand-by, for special occasions!

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 10, 2009

I can give this no better recommendation, working for K&L I have a lot of choices, and this was the wine for my wedding. You'll always find it in my cellar and I love this Champagne.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2009

Clean, powerful, full of flavor, and loads of refreshing acidity. The Ariston is great gateway into the world of Champagne because, like a great wine should, it truly reflects its terroir: the chalky white soil in which it is grown.