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Our “Champagne of the Month” for September 2017 is “Come des Tallants” by Champagne Piollot Père et Fils. Roland Piollot has 8.5 hectares of vines in the picture-postcard village of Polisot in the Côte des Bar. He has been certified biodynamic since 2010.
“Come des Tallants” is born from a single parcel, less than a hectare in size, located on a hill overlooking the village with a southern aspect and predominantly Kimméridgien soil. The cuvée is a Blanc de Noirs consisting of 100% Pinot Noir, fermented by using indigenous yeasts created on the estate. There is a use of oak but we do not know the exact proportions. This wine comes from the 2011 harvest, it was neither fined nor filtered and has no added sulphur or dosage. Alcohol is at 12%abv.
Appearance: Pale, gold.
Medium (+) intensity with primary aromas of red apple, raspberry, violet, rose, lavender and caramelised apple like a freshly baked “chausson”. Secondary aromas of biscuit, brioche, pastry and yeast from autolysis with vanilla, cloves and toast from some time in oak. There are tertiary notes of honey, dried apple and candied orange peel. Medium (+) body with a delicate mousse and a long finish.
Development stage: Developing.
This is a deliciously pure Pinot Noir, drinking very well now but has potential for some further ageing. Roland Piollot creates excellent champagnes, the quality of which is not reflected in the price. Buy now as surely the prices will begin to rise soon!
Price circa €27.00