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Our “Champagne of the Month” for August 2017 is “L’Accomplie” by the talented Frédéric Savart. Frédéric nurtures 4 hectares of vines in the villages of Écueil - where he is based and Villers-aux-Nœuds on the Montagne de Reims. Here the soils are a mixture of clay, limestone and silt. His parcel in Villers-aux-Nœuds is sited on “Le Mont Benoît”, a hillside with an eastern aspect.
“L’Accomplie” is a non-vintage wine consisting of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, equal parts coming from the 2012 and 2013 harvests with only the first press being used. Vinification takes place in a 50/50 split of new oak and stainless steel vats with some of the wines allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. This wine is dosed at 5gl, disgorged in January 2016 and alcohol is 12.5% abv.
Appearance: Pale, lemon.
Nose: Medium intensity with primary aromas of lemon, lemon peel, lime, grapefruit, pear, red apple, raspberry and strawberry. Secondary aromas of biscuit, brioche and freshly baked bread from autolysis and the new oak gives vanilla, smoke and charred wood. There are some buttery, creamy aromas from the partial malolactic fermentation. Tertiary aromas of honey and hay from bottle ageing with caramelised hazelnuts and marzipan from deliberate oxidation.
Palate: Medium (+) intensity with primary notes of lemon, lemon peel, lime, grapefruit, pear, red apple, raspberry and strawberry. Secondary notes of biscuit, brioche, butterscotch, fresh bread, vanilla, smoke, charred wood, butter and cream. Tertiary notes of honey, hay, caramel, nutty, hazelnut and marzipan. There is biting lemon sherbet like acidity with a creamy mousse and a medium (+) finish.
This is a very good champagne and just like the winemaker; is full of character! A beautifully balanced wine with vibrant primary fruit and refreshing acidity - although drinking well now it definitely has potential for further ageing.
Price circa €37.00