By champagnediscovery, Aug 5 2015 07:12AM
Les Artisans du Champagne – Tuesday 21st April 2015
The venue for this tasting was the beautiful hotel, Domaine Les Crayères in Reims. In its 5th year, this association comprises sixteen producers. This was another busy Salon but the addition of a fantastic cheese and charcuterie lunch ensured sufficient quieter periods to allow tasters chance to visit all of the tables.
There were some excellent producers and wines available so picking some favourites once again proved very difficult!
Wow, this took some pondering but after much deliberation we finally chose “Trio S” by Domaine Dehours et Fils. A perpertual blend consisting of 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir; vinified both in fûts and stainless steel vats starting in 1998 and bottled in 2008 with a dosage of 7gl. A wonderfully deep golden colour; ripe and complex. Lasting long in the mouth it is rich with pâtisserie, vanilla and spice.
Other wines that caught our attention were:
Lieu-Dit “Les Maisoncelle” 2006 from Domaine Dehours et Fils: 100% Pinot Noir (including a little Pinot Meunier stock) with a dosage of 5gl. The parcel faces north-east at Mareuil-le-Port with silty-clay soil.
Clos de l’Abbaye from Champagne Doyard: 100% Chardonnay from a ½ hectare plot ploughed by horse and vinified in fûts with a dosage of 2gl.
Sonate No. 9 Opus 10 from Champagne Fleury: 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir from 2010, single parcel “Val Prune” (the domaine’s first to be converted biodynamic), no dosage and without sulphites.
L’Audace from Champagne Pierre Gerbais: 100% old vines Pinot Noir, predominantly from single plot of clay/limestone soil, vinified in stainless-steel vats with malolatic fermentation, without dosage and no sulphites.
4 Elements Chardonnay 2010 from Huré Frères: 100% Chardonnay, vinified in oak with a dosage of 3gl.
Les Francs de Pied 2008 from Champagne Nicolas Maillart: 100% ungrafted, old vines Pinot Noir planted in 1973 on sandy soil, south facing lieu-dit. Vinified in oak with a long maturation process. No malolatic fermentation and a dosage of 3gl.
Les Chétillons 2009 from Champagne Pierre Péters: 100% Chardonnay from three old Le Mesnil-sur-Oger lieux-dits, dosage 4-5gl.