Chalk is the name of the game at Champagne Robert Moncuit — hardly a surprise, considering the many plots they own, in some of the most esteemed parcels of the Côte des Blancs. They've got a 2 hectare plot in Mesnil's Les Chétillons, a vineyard made famous by Pierre Peters (although you'd need a good deal of luck, and deep pockets, to find a bottle of that particular wine). The key element to this site's distinct minerality? You guessed it — chalk. To better harness the incredible terroir they have, the family chooses to vinify all cuvées entirely in stainless steel and neutral oak, as they feel anything else would muddy the bright and fresh minerality. The estate was founded in the late 19th century, but has only been imported stateside since 2000. From their top bottlings to his entry level cuvées, Robert Moncuit is one of our favorite growers.