Champagne of the Month - May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our “Champagne of the Month” for May will follow a slightly different format than normal. Ordinarily we would have been in Champagne during April for the annual Champagne Week – “Le printemps des champagnes”. To in some way make up for the disappointment of missing the highlight of our year, we instead decided to hold our own virtual champagne week. Showcasing one cuvée for each day from one of the associations means that this month we have seven delicious wines to share with you.

 

 

Friday 17th April (fruit day)

Time – 18:15

Association: Les Fa’Bulleuses de Champagne

Producer: De Sousa (Avize, Côte des Blancs)

Cuvée: 3A

 

Certified Biodynamic, 3A stands for the three Grand Cru villages whose names begin with the letter ‘A’: Ambonnay, Avize and Ay. The assemblage consists of 50% Chardonnay from the Avize plot “Les Monts Chenevaux”. 25% Pinot Noir from the Ambonnay plot “Le Mont Bernard” and 25% Pinot Noir from the Ay plot “Les Cognets Robert”. The vines have an average age of 50 years. Vinification was a 50/50 split between 225 litre barrels and stainless steel, there was no filtering or racking. Two harvests make up the blend – 2010 and 2011, disgorgement occurred on 10/03/2014 with a dosage of 5gl and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12.5% abv.

 

Appearance: Medium, gold.

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of red apple, raspberry, pear, confit lemon, lemon rind, lemon juice, plum, nectarine, lavender, wild strawberry, blood orange, kumquat, pink grapefruit, cantaloupe melon and mango. There are secondary notes of pastry, toast, brioche, vanilla, charred wood, smoke, butterscotch, cloves and coconut. Tertiary aromas include hay, honey, cobnut, caramel, dried apple, marmalade and cinnamon. The finish is long and the quality is outstanding.

 

Price circa €49.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday 18th April (root day)

Time – 15:35

Association: Secraie – des Vignerons du Sézannais

Producer: Marie Copinet (Montgenost, Sézanne)

Cuvée: EA – La Cocarde

 

Épreuve d’Artiste is a range of wines with three individual plots, all 100% Chardonnay with differing soil types. This is the wine from the plot La Cocarde in Montgenost. Here the soil is shallow with chalk at a depth of 30cm. The vines are East facing so enjoy the morning sun. Vinification takes place in stainless steel with 11 months on fine lees before an extended period – 9 years resting sur lattes. It is a vintage wine coming from the 2008 harvest, disgorgement took place in May 2018 without dosage and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv.

 

Appearance: Pale, lemon.

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of honeysuckle, grapefruit, lemon zest, lemon rind, pear, green apple, nectarine, lychee, passion fruit, pineapple, mint, sarsaparilla, star anise, quince. There are secondary notes of sablé biscuit, short crust pastry and fresh bread dough. Tertiary aromas include toast, nutty, ginger, dried apple, hay and honey. The finish is medium (+) and the quality is outstanding.

 

Price circa €39.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 19th April (root day)

Time – 18:40

Association: Bulles Bio

Producer: Vincent Charlot (Mardeuil, Côte d’Épernay)

Cuvée: L’Écorché de la Genette

 

Certified biodynamic, L’Écorché de la Genette is a rosé de saignée consisting of 90% Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir with a period of 14 hours maceration. The wine is vintage, coming from the 2011 harvest it was bottled in August 2012. Vinification took place in fûts for 11 months with only indigenous yeasts being used. Malolactic fermentation was prevented and there was no sulphur added nor was there any fining or filtering. The dosage is less than 6gl and concentrated grape must was used as opposed to sugar; the bottle was sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12.7% abv. The plot “La Genette” measures 0.15 hectares and was planted in 1957, the soil consists of deep clay with a mixture of large flint.

 

Appearance: Deep, salmon.

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of violet, wild strawberry, raspberry, compressed strawberry, redcurrant, blood orange, mandarin, lime zest, quince, Spartan apple, prune, peach, banana, liquorice, mango, sarsaparilla and lavender. There are secondary notes of toast, brioche, vanilla, cloves, strawberry and toffee. Tertiary notes include hay, honey, marmalade, marzipan, caramel, dried apricot, nutty, cinnamon, dried fig, forest floor and tobacco. The finish is long and the quality is outstanding.

 

Price (direct) €50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday 20th April (fruit day)

Time – 17:10

Association: Terres et Vins

Producer: Benoît Lahaye (Bouzy, Montagne de Reims)

Cuvée: Naturessence

 

Certified biodynamic, Naturessence is a blend of two harvests – 2008 and 2009. It consists of 50% Pinot Noir from the plots of Mont des Tours in Bouzy and Feucheres in Ambonnay, along with 50% Chardonnay from the plots Mont Ferrés in Voipreux and Argentieres in Tauxières. Vinification took place for 9 months in fûts, partial malolactic fermentation was carried and there was no racking. Disgorgement took place on 17th August 2012 with a dosage between 4-5gl and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv.

 

Appearance: Pale, gold.

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle, bramley apple skin, pear, quince, pink grapefruit, lemon zest, mandarin, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, honeydew melon, stewed apple, liquorice, raspberry, raspberry leaf, redcurrant and lavender. There are secondary notes of shortbread, toasted brioche, chausson, toasted coconut, vanilla, orange buttercream and fresh bread. Tertiary notes include honey, cinnamon, ginger, toasted brioche, caramel, toffee apple, marmalade, marzipan and nutty. The finish is long and the quality is outstanding.

 

This wine is no longer produced and was purchase direct from the domaine in April 2013 for €28.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday 21st April (fruit day)

Time – 16:40

Association: Les Artisans

Producer: Christophe Mignon (Festigny, Vallée de la Marne)

Cuvée: Coup de Foudre

 

Coup de Foudre is a vintage wine coming from the 2010 harvest. Vineyards are located in Festigny and Le Breuil where the soil consists of silty, clay limestone and the aspect is South/South-West; the average age of the vines is 45 years. It consists of 100% Meunier and vinification took place for 12 months in foudres. Disgorgement occurred on 21st February 2017 without dosage and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv.

 

Appearance: Medium, lemon.

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of honeysuckle, blossom, cox apple, pear, pink grapefruit, lemon juice, orange zest, lime juice, passion fruit, pineapple, pineapple cubes, liquorice and medicinal. There are secondary notes of fresh bread dough, toast, short crust pastry, vanilla, cloves, butterscotch and nutmeg. Tertiary notes include nutty, almond, marzipan, hay, honey, ginger, marmalade, charred wood and smoky. The finish is long and the quality is outstanding.

 

Price circa €49.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday 21st April (fruit day)

Time – 19:10

Association: Académie du Vin de Bouzy

Producer: Paul Bara (Bouzy, Montagne de Reims)

Cuvée: Bouzy Rouge

The Académie du Vin de Bouzy is always a great evening and time to unwind a little as Champagne Week begins to slow down. Perhaps a little less tasting is done (by us certainly) as it is a chance to catch up with friends and chat with winemakers in more relaxed setting. Generally there is a diverse range in ages of the wines on show, we tend to favour older vintages when those lovely tertiary notes Pinot Noir is famous for really begin to take hold. This is the 2008 vintage of Paul Bara’s Bouzy Rouge. Vinification takes place in barrels, it was bottled on 5th September 2018 and alcohol is at 12.5% abv.

 

Appearance: Deep, garnet.

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of strawberry, raspberry, red cherry, redcurrant, bramble, macerated strawberry, violet, lavender and black pepper. There are secondary notes of cloves, nutmeg, toast, cedar and charred wood. Tertiary notes include chocolate, prune, cooked plum, leather, forest floor, farmyard, mushroom, game, meaty and tobacco. The finish is long and the quality is outstanding.

 

Price circa €24.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 22nd April (fruit day)

Time – 18:00

Association: Dégustation Panoramique aux Riceys

Producer: Olivier Horiot (Les Riceys, Côte des Bar)

Cuvée: Soléra

 

Certified biodynamic, Soléra is a non-vintage wine made using the perpetual blending method. This is a single parcel cuvée where the seven varieties: Arbane, Petit Meslier, Chardonnay, Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are planted together. The soil is Kimmeridgian – chalk, grey marl and fossilised sea shells, the plot has a North-West aspect. Vinification takes place for 1 year in fûts with the perpetual blend being held in foudres. Bottled on 25th July 2016, it was disgorged without dosage on 18th October 2017 and sealed with a natural cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv.

 

Appearance: Medium, lemon.

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of chamomile, geranium, lemon juice, grapefruit, orange peel, quince, pear, apricot, pineapple, guava, lychee, mango skin, baked apple, banana, honeydew melon and eucalyptus. There are secondary notes of vanilla, cloves, toast, butterscotch, brioche, fresh bread dough and pâtisserie. Tertiary notes include almond, hazelnut, toffee, dried apple, lime marmalade, dried orange, hay, cinnamon, honey and nutmeg. The finish is long and the quality is outstanding.

 

Price circa €45.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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