Market Street Wineshop

We’re Popping Corks!

Market Street Wineshop is hosting a FREE real Champagne tasting Thursday 12/28 from 5-7pm. Celebrate the New Year early by joining us at Market Street Wineshop to toast with our 31-year-old time honored tradition!

311 E. Market Street
Downtown Charlottesville

(Free Parking for First Hour at Market Street Parking Garage)


Laherte, Brut Ultradition NV (60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir; Dosage 7 grams; Bottled 04/2017) – $44.99/ Tasting Price $40.49
Wine Specator: “Well-spiced and mouthwatering, offers a finely detailed bead and expressive flavors of black raspberry, dried apricot, orange blossom, fleur de sel and crystallized honey. minerally on the finish. 92/100.”

Laherte, Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV (100% Chardonnay: Dosage 0 grams: Bottled 06/2017) – $54.99/ Tasting Price $49.49
Peter Liem: “It’s perfectly balanced as a non-dosé, its 20 percent of malolactic undoubtedly helping to create a better
harmony of acidity, and while there is a pleasing depth of citrus and apple fruitiness, along with hints of dried mango and
preserved ginger, this wine is really all about soil and expression of place. ** stars.”

Charles Dufour, Champagne Brut “#5 Bulles de Comptoir” NV (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc; 2010-2013 vintages, Bottled 2014) – $49.99/ Tasting Price $44.99

Charles Dufour, Champagne Brut Nature NV “la pulpe et la grain – part2” (Bottled in 2009) – $53.99 / Tasting Price $48.59

Laherte, Brut Rose’ Ultradition NV (100% Pinot Meunier: Dosage 7-8 grams, Bottled 01/2015) – $49.99/ Tasting Price $44.99
John Gilman: “vibrant mix of cherries, blood orange, wheat toast, stony minerality, dried rose petal+sand a gently smoky topnote. On
the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still plenty racy, with a fine core of fruit, frothy mousse and a long, complex and still fairly
youthful finish. 91/100″

Charles Dufour

Charles Dufour is a young grower and winemaker, farming 6 certified organic hectares in Landreville in Côtes des Bars region of the Aube département. Coming from a family steeped in the winemaking traditions of this off the beaten track of a Champagne region, some of the vines were planted by his grandfather and are quite old. Charles favors working with natural yeasts for the fermentations of his wines and the wines are free of added sulphur. Charles has taken an interest in employing Pinot Blanc in his cuvées, with this varietal figuring significantly in his Bulles de Comptoir bottlings. Recently he bottled a single varietal Pinot Blanc from a single vineyard, Le Champs du Clos. Dosage is extremely low as well, sometimes only 2g/liter…. None of his wines are ever fined or filtered.” –importer Williams Corner Wine

Laherte Freres

“We’ve been following the progress of Laherte Frères Champagnes with keen interest for several years, since we had the good fortune to meet the talented Aurélian Laherte at a trade show in Italy. We’re drawn to these wines for their intense acidity, their long, mineral-laden finishes, and the variety of cuvées offered by this excellent Domaine. We find distinction and personality in these wines, which is crucial. (There’s a lot of Champagne out there.) We admire the eagerness with which Aurélian, seventh generation winemaker at Laherte Frères, constantly strives to improve in the vineyard and cellar, efforts that we can taste in the wines. Presently half of Laherte’s ten hectares are farmed biodynamically and half are farmed organically. Old barrels and native yeasts preside in the cellar. Aurélian Laherte certainly shares our convictions about what makes great wine. Just back from Champagne and a very chilly visit to Laherte Frères, we’re happy to report that these wines just keep getting better.

Laherte Frères are truly “grower” in spirit and mentality, though technically classified as a négociant because the various participating family members sell grapes to one another. Located in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay, the area just south of Epernay between the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs, Laherte Frères farms an incredible number of micro-terroirs with something like 75 parcels in total. The Coteaux Sud d’Epernay has the good fortune to feature both chalk and clay soils; the chalk imparts shelly aromas and porous, mouth-coating minerals to the wines; the clay gives ripe and supple flavors and textures to the wines. It’s a dynamite combination and we love the way Laherte Frères shepherds these soil types into the bottle. We find the “house style” at Laherte Frères to be wonderfully earthy with abundant rustic charm.

Even for Champagnes, these wines are particularly acid-driven. Aurélian prefers low dosages and the majority of the cuvées receive six grams or less. One of our favorite offerings from Laherte Frères, the Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, receives no dosage at all and has delightful transparency and a delicious, zippy, rocky freshness that suits our tastes just fine. Laherte Frères does especially fine work with Pinot Meunier and typically the Meuniers (unlike Laherte’s other cuvées) undergo maloloactic fermentation, which complements the full, ripe, generous character of the grape. Laherte’s Rosé de Saignée from old vine Meunier is a favorite at Chambers Street. And let us not forget Laherte’s “Les Clos,” recently renamed “Les 7,” as refined an example of an ancient variety Champagne as we’ve tried featuring Fromonteau (Pinot Gris), Arbanne, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Petit Meslier, which are co-harvested and co-fermented. The wine is a “perpetual cuvèe,” like a solera, which means any given bottling comprises every vintage since the first: 2005. Stunning. Salut!” –Sophie, Chambers Street Wine

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