Our Champagne Week 2019 - Part I
By champagnediscovery, May 20 2019 08:40PM
A chance for us to look back and share our highlights from Le Printemps des Champagnes 2019.
A relaxed arrival into Reims and time to pick up a few bottles at Cave des Sacres prior to visiting the tasting boutique of Club Trésors where some glasses of Pierre Gimonnet were duly dispatched! A relaxed chat with Carl Sherman ahead of what was likely to be a hectic week. The night was capped off at one of our favourite spots – Aux 3 P’tits Bouchons accompanied by a bottle of Nature et Non Dosé from Lelarge-Pugeot.
Having been invited for the past few years to Benoît’s vertical tasting of his Sapience cuvées we decided to add on a day at the beginning of our to finally put in an appearance. A cold and frosty start to the week saw us driving south from Reims onto the Montagne de Reims to Benoît’s winery in Ambonnay. A 2014 horizontal tasting of his lieux-dits was also available with Les Crayères, Les Saints Rémys, Les Bermonts and Le Parc alongside his village wines from Ambonnay, Ay and Bouzy. The vertical Sapience tasting had wines presented from each vintage from 2009 to 2015. An enlightening experience and lovely way to start the week.
This was our first attendance at the tasting run by the Meunier Institut held at the Hôtel de la Paix. Whilst we had heard a few good things about some of the producers, this was to be our first experience tasting their wines. The producers and wines which stood out for us in particular were André Heucq with “Hommage”, Eric Taillet with “Le Bois de Binson” and Demière with “Soléra 23” – a perpetual blend started in 1978. Demière produces wines with slightly higher dosage than we would ordinarily prefer but this is offset by longer aging which adds a delightful richness to their champagnes. The association also had a mystery table where a few older vintages and curiosities were displayed. The 1973 from Eric Taillet, the Demi-Sec from Serveaux (approximately 40 years old) and the 1976 Marc de Champagne by Demiére – a cognac styled distillation were particularly good.
The day was completed with a bottle of Clos des Maladries 2014 from Etienne Calsac.
Lee and Gita