By champagnediscovery, Dec 3 2015 04:31AM
It’s that time of year when we like to remember those champagnes tasted by us for the first time and which left a lasting impression. Here are our 12 Champagnes of 2015.
“Rosé de Saignée” – Lelarge-Pugeot (Vrigny). 60% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir from the 2012 harvest. 37 hours maceration, indigenous yeast, fermentation in stainless steel and zero dosage. Bottled in April 2013 and disgorged in July 2015. Vibrant with summer fruits such as strawberries and raspberries with hedgerow fruits like blackberries and a hint of spice. (Not yet released)
“Les Chétillons” 2009 – Pierre Péters (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger). 100% Chardonnay of a single parcel in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger from which it takes its name, elegant with good acidity, a touch of citrus with pears, giving way to brioche and almonds.
“La Matinale” – Tarlant (Œuilly). So named as the work undertaken to create this cuvée was required to take place in the morning; 45% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Meunier where the average age of the vines is 45 years. Malolatic fermentation prevented, it is rich, nutty with dried fruits, spice, caramel and honey.
“Francs de Pied” 2008 – Nicolas Maillart (Éceuil). 100% Pinot Noir of a single parcel from which it takes its name, fermented in fûts with a dosage of 3gl and no malolatic fermentation it is deep with earthy notes and pear tarte tartin. When tasted from a carafe, the flavours intensified with tropical fruits and a rich sherry-like quality.
“4 Elements Chardonnay” 2010 – Huré Frères (Ludes). 100% Chardonnay, vines planted in 1991 with a dosage of 3gl, vinified in foudres. Rich and complex with vanilla and tropical fruits such as pineapple and coconut.
“L’Originale” – Pierre Gerbais (Celles-sur-Ource). 100% Pinot Blanc, the base wine being from the 2010 harvest and vines of 80-100 years. Great finesse, acidity and minerality with floral notes.
“Lieu-dit Maisoncelle” 2006 – Jérôme Déhours (Cerseuil). 100% Pinot Noir of a single parcel of old vines from which it takes its name. The plot is situated mid-slope with a North-East exposure and silty-clay soil, rich in iron deposits. Fermentation and aging takes place in barriques. Deep, intensely rich with hints of dried fruit, nuts and cocoa.
“Les Prés Dieu” Guillaume Sergent (Vrigny). 100% Chardonnay of a single parcel from which it takes its name, the soil consists of scallop shells – much like that of Chablis. Guillaume’s wines are very young but bring an interesting flavour spectrum with citrus, green apples and grapefruit.
“Cru d’Origine” – Flavien Nowack (Vandières). 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, the base wine being from the 2013 harvest and bottled in February 2015 using 50% taille (second pressing which generally offers intensely aromatic wines – fruitier in youth but with less aging potential. Fresh, racy with floral notes and vibrant fruit such as oranges and plums.
“Les Epinettes” 2009 – Penet-Chardonnet (Verzy). 100% Pinot Noir dosed as extra-brut. Rich, smoky, intense with hints of figs, nuts and dried fruit.
“Fac Similé” 2009 – La Closerie – Jérôme Prévost (Gueux). 100% Pinot Meunier (there is a smattering of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris) planted in 1960, rosé made using the addition method. Vinified in fûts, malolatic fermentation allowed. Intense fruit with red berries, wild strawberries plus a hint of vanilla and spices.
“1959” – Michel Loriot (Festigny). 100% Pinot Meunier from 1959 disgorged on 18th April 2015; the day prior to Les Mains du Terroir tasting. Incredibly intense, rich and silky smooth, with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, cream and spice – like a fine Tiramisu in a glass. An amazing privilege for us! (Not for sale).
Lee and Gita