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Andre Beaufort Champagne, Ambonnay
“Here is a grower out of the ordinary! With Beaufort you get not neutrality but an exalted, aromatic Pinot Noir, whether from Ambonnay or the l'Aube...”—Bettane and Desseauve

We thought we knew all that was possible in Champagne until we discovered the very fine wines of Jacques Beaufort.

This is Champagne of a pure, pre-industrial era; Champagne that few other producers have the guts to make. What you will experience in each of these unique bottles are the flavors of Champagne known only to early kings and conquerors. In short, real Champagne that is handcrafted, individual and precious—not to be repeated.

Reclusive artist, eccentric farmer, organic pioneer—Jacques Beaufort is all of these. In 1969, agriculture nearly cost Jacques his life. The persistent use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides in the vineyards made him gravely ill. He converted his vineyards to organic viticulture in the early 1970s and since then has carried on a thoughtful yet passionate campaign for the complete eradication of chemicals in winemaking.

To say Beaufort Champagne is natural is a gross simplification. Jacques makes his own compost from plant and animal sources. He avoids the use of copper and sulfur in the vineyard, as he believes they upset the natural balance of flora and fauna in the fields, using instead his own homeopathic teas and essential oils. Wines are fermented on natural yeasts, and each unique bottle is aged on its fine lees for as long as possible before disgorgement.

We are very are proud to be one of the first U.S. importers of these extremely limited, 100% biodynamic wines.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Beaufort Ambonnay Grand Cru Demi Sec Rosé
Beaufort Ambonnay Grand Cru Demi Sec Rosé
France / Champagne
“...another gorgeous wine from Beaufort...Smoke, minerals, sweet herbs and candied cherries all make an appearance in this generous, enveloping wine. The demi-sec rosé reveals terrific balance and a long, chalky finish that balances the wine’s sweetness..."
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Beaufort Polisy Brut 1999
Beaufort Polisy Brut 1999
France / Champagne
Sautéed lemon, touches of honey and more toasted brioche on the nose. Sea salt, poached pears and a hint of rose-kissed marzipan on the palate.
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Beaufort Polisy Brut 1996
Beaufort Polisy Brut 1996
France / Champagne
A perfect specimen that's begging to be enjoyed today. Ripe red fruits and caramelized pie crust show on the aromatic nose. A touch of salt introduces a ripe middle of treacle and fig…
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Beaufort Polisy Brut 1990
Beaufort Polisy Brut 1990
France / Champagne
The nose is open and expressive, suggesting cream tortes and citrus marmalade, with a touch of sherry. Very buttery on the palate, with notes of warm brioche and sweet fruits…
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Beaufort Ambonnay Demi Sec Grand Cru 1995
Beaufort Ambonnay Demi Sec Grand Cru 1995
France / Champagne
A Pinot Noir-dominated nose cannot be ignored, with its bountiful notes of red and black fruits. Very rich and tantalizing; the mouth shows textured and spicy…
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Beaufort Ambonnay Demi Sec Grand Cru 1996
Beaufort Ambonnay Demi Sec Grand Cru 1996
France / Champagne
Whipped almond butter and chalk dust blend in a cottony cloud of stunning perfume. The mouth is all silk, with hints of cherry jam and toasted brioche.
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Beaufort Polisy Brut 1989
Beaufort Polisy Brut 1989
France / Champagne
A fresh, vinous Champagne with subtle flavors of caramel and crème bruleé; we were stunned by its impressive aromatic finesse. The first wave delivers orange flower water and zest…
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Beaufort Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru 1995
Beaufort Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru 1995
France / Champagne
The nose suggests fresh pear and buttery pie crust, with touches of sautéed apples. Intense spicy notes on the tongue, with rich, complex yet balanced and lingering flavors.
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Beaufort Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru 1989
Beaufort Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru 1989
France / Champagne
Aromas of orange confit and toffee. Balanced, round yet lusciously opulent in the mouth; notes of praline and vanilla blend with honey, cooked apples and preserved fig.
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