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Our “Champagne of the Month” for April is produced by Cyril and Maxence Janisson of Champagne Janisson-Baradon. Based in Épernay, they have 18 parcels across 9.5 hectares situated on the Côteaux Ouest d’ Épernay; overlooking the capital of Champagne. The brothers practice sustainable viticulture and are certified HVE – Haute Valeur Environnementale. In 2001, they planted almost 1 acre of the four historical varieties: Arbane, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris in their Tue Bœuf plot.
Cuvée 7C (sept cépages – seven varieties) consists of 15% each of Arbane, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Meunier with 13% Pinot Noir and 12% Chardonnay. As previously mentioned, the four historical varieties were planted in 2001 in the plot: Tue Bœuf. The Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Noir are from four plots: La Croisette, Martinet, Meltin and La Pie Danse, the oldest vines dating back to 1950. The soil of these plots is made up of brown clay with a subsoil of chalk. The grapes are pressed by plot and variety in a 4000kg pneumatic press after which; vinification takes place in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is not filtered. This being the first release of the cuvée, it is a vintage from the 2014 harvest, with bottling taking place on 31st August 2015. We do not have a date for disgorgement nor an exact dosage but would anticipate it being around 1-3gl. Just 1720 bottles were produced. Alcohol is at 12% abv.
Tasted: 20th March 2020 at 17:30 (root day in the lunar calendar – 4 hours prior to crossing over to the flowering period)
Appearance: Pale, lemon.
Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of honeysuckle, chamomile, bergamot, violet, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime peel, lemon rind, green apple, lychee, cantaloupe melon, pineapple, banana and cucumber. There are secondary notes of biscuit, bread dough, and yeast. Tertiary aromas include dried apple, hay, honey, cobnut, toast and ginger. The mousse is delicate and the finish is medium (+).
This is a beautifully fresh and vibrant wine where the four historical varieties are allowed to express themselves. Whilst 7C is an excellent champagne for drinking whilst young, we believe it has the capacity for further development and will be keen to see how it evolves with further ageing.
Price circa €49.00