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Champagne Voirin-Jumel Blanc de Noirs 1er cru
Based on the 2017 vintage with 20% reserve wines, dosage at 6gm/litre is perfect. From a single 1.48 hectare Pinot Noir vineyard in Mareuil-sur-Ay – Les Carelles. Mareuil-sur-Ay is Billecart Salmon territory, and here the Pinot is always delicate and subtle, hints of strawberry and red fruits, perfume and spice. The novice Champagne drinker may recoil at the notion of drinking a 100% Pinot Noir Champagne, but this wine reveals the purity and elegance of the terroir and competent wine making. In the scheme of things, this wine is way under priced. It simply delivers!
Champagne André Heucq Héritage Blanc de Meunier Extra Brut
100% Meunier from Cuisles, Chatillon sur Marne, Serzy and Mareuil le Port. Soils are Illite clay. Based on 2015 with 2014 reserve wines. Classic fermentation in stainless steel. This was the initial wine that convinced me to re-discover the Heucq range. Pure and long, hints of mineral and hay, lovely balance. Dosage is Extra Brut at 4gm.
Champagne Glavier Alphael Blanc de Blancs
Pure and vibrant in style, this cuvée is dedicated to the angel of knowledge and light. Philippe purposefully ages this on lees for less time, to accentuate the chalky mineral overtones and allow the terroir to speak. Based on 60% 2017 and 40% reserve wines from 2016 and 2015. Dosage 5g/l. 25% Cramant, 34% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 23% Oger and 18% Avize. Vibrantly chalky and mineral, very precise purity. The blend here is slowly evolving with less 'fat' of Avize in the overall makeup.
Domaine Vincey La Premiere 2014
100% Chardonnay from a blend of 50 year old vine parcels in Oger. No herbicide, no pesticide, no chaptalisation. Fermented in 50% oak barrels and 50% steel tank. No malo-lactic fermentation, no fining and no filtration. Dosage extra-brut at 3gm/litre. Hugely mineral and intense. Pure and long with a subtle mousse. Very limited release but I may get another allocation later in the year. An outstanding first release. SOLD OUT
Champagne F&R Miniere Brut Zero
Blend of 28% Pinot Noir, 45% Meunier, 27% Chardonnay. 81% 2010 and 19% 2009. Here we see a subtle variation on the Influence cuvée with no dosage. The balance is perfect. The purity and elegance of 2010 adds minerality with subtle oak. Even with no dosage this wine has perfect balance and weight with the oak integration being perfect. The zero dosage appears to accentuate the floral white fruit aromas and salinity. It is interesting to compare the zero and the standard wine. Very different. Initially this Zero cuvée was not destined to be part of the portfolio, but some keen amateur Champagne aficionados convinced Frédéric to do this as a zero – with great success. This is always one of my favourite cuvees and the 2010 based wine is sensational.
Champagne Voirin-Jumel Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
Based on 2017 with 20% reserve wines, from Cramant, Chouilly, Avize and Oger. Dosage 6g/litre. The Chardonnay terroir speaks, Chiseled and steely, with citrus and minerals, hints of white fruits and floral. Very precise and elegant as always and excellent value. The creaminess of the Cramant component sets the tone for a fine and elegant Champagne. Again this cuvee has been very popular – a new shipment. SOLD OUT
Champagne Voirin-Jumel 2012 Blanc de Blancs
The 2012 vintage is a real success for the top growers in the Cote des Blancs - and Patrick Voirin has really delivered precise mineral champagne. I see some similarities with 2008 at this property. Hugely mineral with real purity and amazing elegance. Dosage is 4g/litre and the malolactic fermentation is blocked. Six years on lees has added some savoury toasty complexity. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank. The low yields of 2012 add intensity and minerality.
Champagne Voirin-Jumel Rose 1er Cru
A lovely perfumed 100% pinot noir saignee rose at a very reasonable price. Based on 2016 with reserve wines. Dosage 6gm. The rosé from Voirin-Jumel used to be blended style and I always found it a little simple and coarse, but now it has been elevated into a 100% saignée and completely changed my opinion. From a single vineyard in Mareuil-sur-Ay. A stunning pink at a bargain price. SOLD OUT
Champagne Pernet et Pernet Ambonnay Blanc de Blancs
Vintage 2015 from two organic chardonnay parcels in Ambonnay, "St Remys" and "Beurys". Full malo-lactic fermentation with 40% in oak and 60% in stainless steel. Stylistically broader and more white fruit in style than the Herbevoies - but this is Ambonnay, so we would expect that. Beautiful minerality with a precise dosage of 3g/litre. Still tight and a little closed.
|Champagne Glavier Genesis Blanc de Blancs |
Genesis is subtly different from Alphael – with longer lees time – large-scaled and intense but with great length and elegance. Based on 82% 2015 with 18% reserve wines. 16% Cramant, 40% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 19% Oger and 25% Avize. Dosage 5g/l. A 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. This is a later disgorgement, so now this has more time on lees and more time in the bottle. Palate staining!
|Champagne André Heucq Héritage Assemblage Extra Brut |
40% Chardonnay, 30% meunier and 30% pinot, based on 55% 2014 with 55% 2013. From Cuisles and Baslieux sous Chatillon. Dosage is Extra Brut at 4gm. 70% stainless steel and 30% oak with partial malo-lactic fermentation. A beautifully crafted blended wine. Pepper and herb overtones with candied fruit and minerals with the subtle oak adding a smoky component. Low dosage in perfect balance leaves the palate fresh and crisp. 60 months on lees. This is a beautifully crafted 3 varietal blend with a ridiculous 5 years on lees. Just a smashing great wine at a bargain price.
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