Œnothèque: Our library of previous Champagnes of the Month - September 2015

 

 

 

 

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Our “Champagne of the Month” for September 2015 is the cuvée Petraea XCVII - MMVII by Champagne Francis Boulard from the village of Cauroy-lès-Hermonville on the Montagne de Reims.

 

For a more in-depth look at this fantastic domaine, check-out our “review” available in the drop-down menu.

 

This utterly delicious cuvée is born from successive years made by using the perpetual blending method similar to “solera”. Each year the wine from the previous harvest is added to the reserve, meaning that the base contains some of all the earlier vintages in decreasing proportions. This perpetual reserve was started in 1997, consisting of 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier from clay and limestone terroir of the Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne where the average age of the vines is 35 years. The wine is completed with 25% from the 2007 harvest. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts and malolatic fermentation is allowed. Vinification on fine lees takes place in fûts de chêne and foudres with bâtonnage and the cuvée is Brut Nature with no sugar added. Our wine was bottled on 23rd October 2008 and disgorged on 25th July 2013.

 

This wine is certified biodynamic; in the glass it shows a rich gold colour. On the nose it is intense, expressive with dried fruits and a creamy butteryness. In the mouth it is a generous, heady mix of fruit and floral notes with spice, brioche, hazlenuts, caramel, honey, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. Truly stunning!

 

To serve, this wine should be at cellar temperature; around 12° or even slightly warmer as over-chilling will seriously inhibit the flavour.

 

Price at source – circa €60.00