Our cuvée of the month for October comes from Champagne Janisson-Baradon, located in the capital of Champagne: Epernay and run by brothers Cyril (pictured) and Maxence Janisson.


This excellent house controls 9 ½ hectares of vineyards, located around the outskirts of Epernay using a number of organic methods in their farming. Perhaps the jewels in the crown are the three single plots that provide a trio of mono-cru cuvées “Toulette”, “Tue Bœuf” and “Chemin des Conges”.  It is the latter that we are reviewing on this occasion.


The 2006 vintage “Chemin des Conges” is a Blanc de Noirs, containing 100% Pinot Meunier from old vines planted in the 1960’s. Vinification is in wood and a lengthy aging process, combined with the blocking of malolatic fermentation ensures an intensely rich and generous wine. It has a deep golden colour that gives hints of vanilla, brioche and dried fruits.  Dosage is 5gl, giving this wine classification as an extra-brut.


“Chemin des Conges” is an opulent, delicious wine and a wonderful expression of terroir; reason enough for making the journey to Epernay.  We adore the trio and personally love the character afforded by the old vine Pinot Meunier.


Price at source = €45.00














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Œnothèque: Our library of previous Champagnes of the Month

October 2013