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Our “Champagne of the Month” for July 2017 is “Les Coteaux de Vallier” by Champagne Roger Coulon. Since 1988 Eric Coulon has been in charge of the domaine, farming 80 parcels covering a total of 10 hectares in the village of Vrigny on the Montagne de Reims. For the past 20 years, the domaine has been farmed organically where the vines have a South-East exposure. The soil is a mixture of limestone and clay dating back to the Sparnacian period.
“Les Coteaux de Vallier” is a non-vintage wine born from a Vrigny lieu-dit of the same name; consisting of 80% Chardonnay vinified for 18 months in fûts de chêne, the remainder being Pinot Noir. The cuvée is aged in the cellars for 10 years and whilst we do not know the dosage, would expect it to be in the lower reaches of extra brut range. Alcohol is 12% abv.
Appearance: Gold, medium intensity with a fine persistent mousse.
Nose: Primary aromas of honeydew melon, passion fruit, lemon juice, grapefruit, red apple, baked apple and baked pineapple. Secondary aromas of vanilla, coconut, burnt toast, clove, shortbread biscuit, fresh bread dough, short crust pastry, and mature Gouda. Tertiary hints of honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, walnut and hazelnut.
Palate: Primary notes of acacia, fresh lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, honeydew melon, lychee and stewed apple – chausson. Secondary notes of vanilla, cloves, butterscotch, toast, pastry and brioche. Tertiary notes of hazelnut, walnut, caramel, coffee, honey, dried apple, marmalade and a long finish.
An outstanding champagne with pronounced flavours from long ageing and deliberate oxidation. A true gourmet champagne experience!
Price circa €55.00