The Champagne’s of Baron Fuente come from the Western edge of the Champagne region, mostly from the Aisne department, but some even from the Ile-de-France- the same district as Paris. The vineyards here are on more varied soil than in the Marne, and are usually steeper. Because of the proximity to the big city, much of the production is snapped up in France, and we are one of the lucky few to be able to import some Champagne from this important sub-region.
Baron Fuente is a negociant, but most of their needs are met from their estate. In fact, less than half of the wines that we import from them use purchased fruit at all. All of the grapes they buy are bought on the vine, they handle all of the picking themselves. This is a stark contrast to large negociants who deal in everything from juice to ready to-be disgorged bottles. The wines all go through malolactic fermentation and everything is vinified in stainless steel.
We only received 4 cases of the Baron Fuente "Cepages Meunier" Brut Champagne ($44.99) which is a wine with quite a following from the folks who have visited the property. This all estate grown Meunier gets four years of ageing on the lees and is full of the rich pear and apple fruit that this grape is known for, but also great cut from the cool Aisne vineyards. This wine took the staff by storm at our Baron Fuente dinner when paired with garlic prawns!
The most astounding value in the Baron line has to be the Baron Fuente "Esprit" Brut Champagne ($34.99) which gets an astoundingly luxurious seven years of aging on the lees. It is composed of even parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier from the estate. The Esprit has a very high-quality sourdough toastiness arrived at honestly from the long aging on the lees. It is round and easy to drink, with flavors of hazelnuts contrasting its nice citrus zip. Sixty bottles are available.
We also received sixty bottles of the Baron Fuente "Esprit" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne ($39.99). This unique, all Chardonnay Champagne comes from a nine-and-a-half acre single vineyard in Saacy-sur-Marne called the Chantemanche. It might be the most western vineyard site in all of Champagne, and is actually so far west that it is in the Paris district, on the very edge of Champagne. It is aged for three years on the lees with reserve wines from three previous harvests. This creamy, nutty Blanc de Blancs is seamless, integrated and has good, refreshing lift on the finish. I promise you will be the only person on your block drinking Champagne from the Paris district!
If you are interested in organic, you should try the Baron Fuente "Galipettes" Brut Champagne ($34.99). Farmed entirely organically, this is both Ecocert and Demeter certified. Like the rest of the Baron Fuente Champagnes, this wine gets plenty of time on the lees: four years. It is composed of 20% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir and 70% Meunier, entirely from a friend of the family who grows grapes in Crouttes-sur-Marne. The nose reminds me of pain-au-chocolate, lots of buttery croissant and just a hint of cocoa. It is rich and fairly full-bodied; with a great high quality, savory cherry flavor from the top-notch Meunier in the blend.
For pink Champagne lovers we also received five cases each of the two roses made at the property, the blended Baron-Fuenté "Dolores" Brut Rosé Champagne ($34.99) and the 100% maceration Baron Fuente "Esprit" Brut Rosé Champagne ($34.99). Tasting these two roses side by side is an education on the two different methods of production and a lot of fun! They are both great quality for money.
On this shipment we also received our last slug of the 2006 Baron Fuente "Grand Millésimé" Brut Champagne ($29.99). This Champagne is composed of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir and spent more than seven years on the lees. While this nutty, well balanced, open knit Champagne drinks great right now, don’t count it out for ageing! This will be a lot of fun to drink even in 2026, and at this price you can afford to save a few.
Our biggest seller is the Baron Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne ($23.99) which is also available in magnum ($49.99) and half bottle ($14.99). This is a giant slayer of a bottle, with more than half estate fruit composed of 10% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 60% Meunier. This wine is lavished with three years of ageing on the lees and 40% reserve wines and has none of the rawness associated with this price point. On the contrary, this is toasty, round, pleasure giving Champagne with a ton of personality without going out of balance. Don’t let the low price scare you away on this one. It is very good Champagne.
A toast to you!