100% Chardonnay. The roots of this estate run deep: the Chardonnet family has been living in the village of Verzenay for 400 years, while the Penets have been in Verzy for nearly as long. The estate’s current incarnation, however, dates from 2008, when Alexandre Penet took over full-time—since then, he has been attracting increasingly widespread attention for his bold, full-flavored champagnes. The great champagne critic, Peter Liem, called him one to watch, so the hype and eyeballs are definitely on him. Terroir & Sens is his entry-level wine and shows off the characteristic rich, ripe depth of fruit with the firm structure typical of Verzy and Verzenay where the grapes come from, often accenting this with a pronounced salinity or savoriness derived from minerality. This is one of our most exciting finds for Champagne in awhile.