By champagnediscovery, May 7 2015 12:14PM
Des Pieds et des Vins – Sunday 19th April 2015
This brand new association comprises 12 producers, two of whose wines we know pretty well. The wines from both Agnès Corbon and Etienne Calsac were bang on form and the new labelling on Etienne’s bottles exuded class and refinement. We are very much looking forward to his single Clos wine from Avize. Indeed it was these two vignerons who put this exciting association of young wine growers together at the beginning of the year and hats off to them for this group are certainly worth keeping an eye on!
There was some freedom afforded to each producer to bring whatever they wanted and there were some very interesting wines and real contrasts between producers. The extra long aged wines from Agnès which we adore; compared to the bright young wines of Guillame Sergent of Vrigny was quite thought provoking and no less exciting.
We love all the wines from Agnès Corbon and Etienne Calsac so have decided to opt for those of the remaining producers, all of whom we were experiencing for the very first time.
This was a really interesting mix and our choice has perhaps surprised us a little. We do love ripe, mature and long-aged champagnes so this is something of a break from the norm. “Les Prés Dieu” 2013 from Champagne Guillame Sergent is very young for champagne. It is born from two lieux-dits: “Les Prés” and “Les Vignes Dieu” in Vrigny. The first is located on a north-eastern slope with sandy soil containing shellfish fossils and the second is south facing with sandy-limestone soil. Vinification of 100% Chardonnay takes place in oak barrels with indigenous yeasts, without fining or filtration. Dosage is by means of MCR (Moût Concentré Rectifié) - a concentrated form of grape must used instead of the liqueur de dosage; and is less than 5gl. Vibrant minerality and salinity, it is fresh with citrus, green apples and gooseberries; very interesting indeed. We would love to see how this develops over a longer period of maturation too!
Other wines that caught our attention were:
Cru d’Origine from Champagne Nowack: 50% each Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier and 50% taille used from the 2013 harvest.
Cuvée Aurélie – Chêne la Butte from Champagne Vadin-Plateau: 100% Chardonnay, vinification in a ceramic egg and dosage of 7gl.
Grande Cuvée from Champagne Thomas Perseval: Equal parts single plot Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, brut nature with a base of 2012.
Blanc de Noirs from Robert Barbichon: 100% Pinot Noir, base of 2010 and a dosage of 5gl.
Fleur de Craie from Champagne Barrat-Masson: 100% Chardonnay, base of 2011 and 10% vinified in fûts and a dosage of 6gl.