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Micro Production Champagne - A New Direct Import Discovery - 11/10/2017 - Champagne

From the picturesque villages of Verneuil and Passy-Grigny in the heart of the Marne Valley, Thierry Thibault makes a tiny quantity of top quality Champagne. He only has 10 acres, and only allocated fifty cases to the USA - one small pallet! After tasting the wines, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on them, and after seeing the prices, we were flabbergasted by the value. We got all fifty cases, but be warned - when they are gone, they are gone, and we won’t see more until 2018. Thierry makes a creamy, round, toasty style that still refreshes. Don’t miss out!

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne >36 $29.99 View
Thierry Thibault Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne >36 $34.99 View


Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne ($29.99)

This is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier from estate grown fruit in the Western Valley of the Marne. It is a dry style, with lots of great nutty toast from three years of sur-lee ageing and good length. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

Yay! Our Champagne buyer has picked up another fantastic grower-producer Champagne that drinks well above its price. Thierry Thibault's Brut is beautifully crisp with flavors of white peach, kiwi and granny smith apple with a solid acid backbone and subtle toastiness. This is definitely a bottle of bubbles I'll be stocking in my fridge for the summertime!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

Thierry Thibault only had 420 bottles of his brut Champagne for the US market from his tiny 11 acre estate. I feel very lucky that we were able to get them. Thierry is the son of one of the giants of Champagne, the late great Daniel Thibault who was chef de cave for both Charles and Piper Heidsieck and pioneered the concept of transparency in non-vintage Champagne with his mis-en-cave bottlings. The estate spans two villages in heart of the western valley of the marne- Verneuil and Passy-Grigny. This Champagne is composed of 1/3 each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier and is aged for three years on the lees. This is a very bright, fresh style with vibrant acidity, but also with wonderful Chablis like clean earth and complexity. It has a perfect, tight bead and a creamy texture, as well as a very dry and long finish. I was shocked at the price- this is the kind of value that will not last on our shelves!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

Crisp, clean, and refreshing from the first sip, the Thibault Brut came as a shocker when Gary poured me a glass and said "What do you think?" Simply put: I thought it was fantastic! As we're always on the hunt for new grower/producer labels at K&L, the Thibault is another weapon in our sub-$30 Champagne arsenal, alongside wines like Aspasie and Baron Fuente. In comparison, the Thibault is more delicate and light on its feet with nuanced flavors of brioche and citrus.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

This is classic Champagne, the nose is tight, clean focused with an apply tartness softened with a bit of brioche while remaining super clean. On the palate the wine is very dry, really tart and shows levels of complexity you generally dont find in Champagne in this price range. Its really long, focused and that acidity holds your interest as the complex apple and brioche emerges and gently softens. The finish is remarkably long, direct and boldly lets you know there is no hint of sweetness while spotlighting the complex apple character. Line up your Oysters, this is the wine for them!

Thierry Thibault Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne ($34.99)

This Champagne is produced exclusively from estate grown fruit and is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Meunier which is aged for three years on the lees. It has great natural richness, and fantastic red cherry zing, but finishes quite dry and bright. -Gary Westby

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

There are only 150 bottles of this great Champagne for the entire USA. I am so glad that we were lucky enough to get them! This is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Meunier from the tiny 11 acre Thibault estate in Passy-Grigny and Verneuil. This has the texture, richness and power that fans of Blanc de Noirs love, but is also very fresh and balanced. It has tart red cherry flavors as well as subtle brioche toast and quite impressive concentration on the finish. This will make a great pairing for a sashimi night that has lots of salmon and tuna, or for the aperitif with any smoked fish.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

This wine is to die for! Very rarely do I taste a blanc de noirs where the red fruits shine through as purely as they do in this Thibault expression. There's just a lovely little tinge of berry that comes through on the finish, riding the fine bubbles and picture-perfect acidity all the way to the back of the palate. This was a great find by Gary, our buyer. I can't wait to start drinking this on the regular!

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

The richness of this Blanc de Noirs is readily apparent and a broader, deeper, richer wine than Thibaults Brut yet is still has the snappy acidity. The nose is definitely more Pinot Noir driven, more red fruit character comes through on the nose and in a more relaxed and drifting way in comparison to its strident brother. On the palate the wine is rich, supple and has more spice and fruit, I love the way the mousse rests on your tongue, its luxuriant while still being balanced. This is a wonderful Champagne, for me Id consider this more of a cocktail, just sitting around and drinking in its supple complexity.