Œnothèque: Our library of previous Champagnes of the Month -

December 2015

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Our cuvée of the month for December 2015 is “Fac Similé” from Champagne La Closerie. Jérôme Prévost  took over the family vineyard of 2.2 hectares in the lovely village of Gueux on the Petite Montagne de Reims in 1998 and began to make a name for himself very quickly. Both of his wines are highly sought after by enthusiasts, made in such small quantities it can be somewhat difficult to lay your hands on them. For more information see the Champagne La Closerie “review”.

 

Fac Similé is a rosé, made by using an addition of red wine and vinified in fûts, without dosage. It is only ever made from a single harvest and malolatic fermentation is allowed to occur naturally. In the vineyard, the vine rows are ploughed by horse whilst biodynamic farming methods are utilised. The vine stock was planted in 1960 and is predominantly Pinot Meunier with a tiny amount of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

 

The 2009 harvest shows a beautiful smoked salmon pink colour that offers intense fruit with red berries, wild strawberries, a hint of vanilla and spices. It has great depth and lingers long in the mouth; it is certainly a rather special wine!

 

Price circa €84.00