Although the name suggests one man is behind this house, in actuality Feuillatte is a union of over 5,000 individual family growers. Its immense scale is one reason this delicious, chalky cuvée can maintain such a modest price. Buy: $35 at wine.com.
Most of the famous names in Champagne are “houses” that buy grapes from dozens or even hundreds of small farmers throughout the region. Some are huge (Moët & Chandon, for instance, makes millions of bottles a year) and some are quite small, but the overall approach remains consistent. And because the winemaker (or chef de cave) doesn’t rely on a single vineyard, it’s easier to fashion a wine that consistently expresses a house style year in and year out—something particularly important for dry (brut) nonvintage blends, like the 10 spectacular bottles above.—Ray Isle