Champagne Glavier – Cramant
47 parcels of Chardonnay spread across the Grand Crus of Avize, Cramant, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger totalling 4.4 hectares. Classic tank fermentation with full malo-lactic. Dosages are all at 5gm or less. A tiny producer focusing on highest quality Chardonnay across top quality vineyards. Philippe also grows some 1er Cru Pinot Noir but sells it off. He only wants to work with Grand Cru material.
Philippe uses a small 2,000kg pneumatic press giving him greater selectivity and control of his tiny parcels of vineyards. 27 of his parcels make up the majority of his vineyard area and these are in prestigious Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger vineyards. So even though Philippe is based in Cramant he only has small holdings in Cramant. Why Cramant? His wife’s side of the family own the cuverie and buildings in Cramant. So we should really regard Glavier as a Le Mesnil-sur-Oger producer. The style here is all about intensity and precision. These are not ‘pretty’ party wines. Theses are serious vinous masterpieces that offer a profound statement about their terroir. They do not produce a standard vintage wine, but in exceptional years, a Cramant single vineyard oak matured wine in Magnums is produced and also even more rare is a single vineyard Le Mesnil vintage cuvée. In an effort to expand their business and aleviate some tax burdens, Champagne Glavier has become a Negociant Manipulant, with the desire to buy grapes from conscientious like minded grape growers. Sadly this is not an easy task. There are some excellent grape growers in Cramant for example who are happy to sell to the big houses and not sell to their village neighbours and friends.
Champagne Glavier La Grace d’Alphael Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $90.00
Pure and vibrant in style, this cuvée is dedicated to the angel of knowledge and light. Philippe purposefully ages this on lees for the minimum time, to accentuate the chalky mineral overtones and allow the terroir to speak. Based on 2015 and 37% reserve wines from 2014 and 2013. Dosage 5g/l. 10% Cramant, 33% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 19% Oger and 38% Avize. Vibrantly chalky and mineral, very precise purity. This wine destroys the often used myth that sparkling wines need a long time on lees to reveal themselves. It depends on the flavor profile of the base wines. If your base wines have no flavor – yes you may have a problem, but not here! Terroir speaks. A very popular cuvee with some restaurants and wine bars in Melbourne.
Champagne Glavier Genesis Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $115.00
Genesis is the opposite to Alphael – with longer lees time – large scaled and intense but with great length and elegance. Based on 2014 with reserve wines from 2013. 16% Cramant, 40% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 24% Oger and 20% Avize. Dosage 5g/l. A slightly different vineyard selection and longer time on lees ramps up the weight and power. Majestic Chardonnay with ultra fine mousse. Round and saline with citrus and hints of floral. This leans to being more of a food wine. Palate staining!
Champagne Glavier La Grâce d’Hakamiah Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru $130.00
Based on 2013 with 40% reserve wines from 2012. 10% Avize, 40% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 40% Oger and 10% Cramant. Dosage 4g/l. A new cuvee from Philippe designed to reveal more minerality and intensity. Like Genesis but more elegance and purity. A super Genesis. Genesis on Steroids. VERY LIMITED
Champagne Glavier Rubellite Celeste Rose Grand Cru $110.00
Based on 2013 with reserve 40% wines from 2012. 6% Avize, 24% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 24% Oger, 6% Cramant, 28% Ambonnay Pinot and 12% Bouzy rouge. Dosage 4.5g/l. A new more classic rose designed along a Grand Cru blend of Cote des Blancs and Ambonnay Pinot with Bouzy rouge added for color and perfume. Phillipe is using his new Negociant status to buy quality grapes from Ambonnay. He makes another rose based on Chardonnay / red wine blend which is nice, but this new more classic blend is very interesting, ticking all the boxes, sour cherry, minerality, smoky sherbet. VERY LIMITED
Champagne Glavier Émotion 2012 $150.00
10% Avize, 40% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 40% Oger and 10% Cramant. Dosage 4g/l. Vintage wines are few and far between with Glavier. Rigorous selection of best parcels results in intensity and purity. Very very limited.
Champagne Glavier Mesnil Émotion 2012 $210.00
A pure Mesnil vintage cuvee is only produced in the best years.Dosage 4gm. Stunning stuff. Very very limited.