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.

By champagnediscovery, Apr 30 2015 09:52AM

Origines Champagne – Saturday 18th April 2015

The venue for this tasting was the beautiful 18th century Château de Pierry on the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay. This association comprises of ten producers, predominantly from the western section of the Vallée de la Marne with the Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs and Côte des Bar also represented.

Unlike the other salons, you were left to your own devices to sample the vins clairs but there was a good amount of technical information in the booklet you were presented with. A nice touch was the tables of food laid on in the ante-room.


Our favourite wine was the Cuvée Amand Extra Brut from Champagne Maurice Grumier. Consisting of 50% each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2005 and 2006 harvests it is aged in oak with regular bâtonnage before being allowed 8 years to rest. Dosage is 3-4gl and there is no fining or filtration. It was sumptuous, rich and decadent; with tropical fruits, pineapple, coconut and vanilla.

Other wines that caught our attention were:

3C from Champagne Bourgeois Diaz: 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, from the 2011 harvest (75%) and the remainder from 2012. Vinification using indigenous yeasts, 60% stainless steel vats and 40% in oak, dosage 2gl.

La Rue des Noyers from Champagne Benoît Déhu: 100% Pinot Meunier from the 2012 harvest, vinification and aging in oak barrels with no filtration and no dosage.

Kalikasan from Champagne Florence Duchêne: 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and a smidgen of Pinot Blanc! Vinification using indigenous yeasts with no malolatic fermentation and no dosage, vintage 2008.

Plot ZH 302 from Champagne Nathalie Falmet: 100% Pinot Meunier from 2010 harvest, vinification in oak.

By champagnediscovery, Oct 24 2012 02:05PM

Welcome to our website. My wife and I are Champagne enthusiasts who love both the wine and the region. We have been touring the area for the last sixteen years, as often as our funds have allowed! We are not professionals but ordinary, working people who have simply become immersed in our passion.

For the last ten years or so, we have been focusing our attention on the hidden gems, the artisans of Champagne. Those smaller, quality conscious producers and grower-producers (domaines) who create excellent, seductive wines that are full of character.

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