Here is another first for us, a small producer in the Cote des Blancs with local ancestry dating back to the 18th century. The Callot family was involved in Champagne production for generations. But in the 50s, Pierre Callot went into business for himself, and the first bottles of Pierre Callot Champagne were born. Now run by Pierre's son, Thierry, since 1996, working 7 hectares of vines spread mostly throughout Avize, with parcels in Cramant and Chouilly. Thierry puts tons of work into farming these vineyards as sustainably and ecologically friendly as possible, committed to making great wine in the vineyard first, with mostly everything done by hand. Les Avats is entirely sourced from a Chardonnay parcel planted in 1951 in the village of Avize. A south-facing vineyard that reaches optimal ripeness very consistently. For fermentation, Callot sticks to tradition utilizing an old wooden basket press and the juice is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel. Callot does not let his Champagnes go through Malolactic fermentation; instead, he ages them on the lees for an extended period, letting them slowly develop complexity and richness while retaining bright acidity. The 2012 Avats was recently disgorged and is an excellent Grower Champagne. Considering how rare these are, coupled with Grand Cru Chardonnay and extended aging on the lees, it's a no-brainer at this price point, though quantity is limited so please hurry!