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Champagne Discovery

beyond the bubbles

Le Champ du Clos, Vallée de l'Ource - Champagne Charles Dufour

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ABOUT US

We are Gita and Lee, two self-confessed champagne lovers for whom this effervescent drink has been a huge part of our lives since meeting twenty-three years ago. Our first trip to the region was in 1999 to source bottles for our wedding. Since then, we have been visiting several times a year, have tasted thousands of champagnes and continue to discover amazing new producers, incredible wines and stories. We are immensely passionate about the top quality smaller domaines who tell a narrative through their creations, from vineyard to bottle. As well as the bubbles, Champagne is home to some excellent still white, red and rosés too; not to forget Ratafia de Champagne. This famous region is fortunate to be home to a myriad of World class winemakers, producing an array of diverse wines, we really are spoilt for choice. We love wine, we absolutely adore champagne!

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Champagne of the Month
PETIT ET BAJAN
Ambrosie

Our “Champagne of the Month” for August 2021 is the cuvée Ambrosie which happens to be our first experience of Champagne Petit et Bajan. Based in Avize, this husband and wife team own two 0.8 hectares of Chardonnay plots on the Côte des Blancs in Avize, Cramant and Oger along with 2 hectares of Pinot Noir in Verzenay on the Montagne de Reims.

 

Sustainable viticulture is practiced in the vineyards where grapes are generally harvested late to ensure optimum maturity and ripeness. In the winery, a traditional wooden press is used and fermentation takes place in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak fûts. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation and dosages are kept low.  

 

Ambrosie consists of 70% Chardonnay from Avize and 30% Pinot Noir from Verzenay. The base wine for this edition was from the 2011 harvest, fermentation took place in cuve inox and as stated, malolactic conversion was carried out. The wine was bottled on 23rd February 2012 and disgorged on 12th June 2018 with 4 grams per litre whereby it was sealed with a Mytik cork. Alcohol is at 12% abv.

 

Tasted: 17:15 hours, 30th July 2021 (fruit day in the biodynamic calendar)

Appearance: Clear, pale, lemon.

Flavour characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary notes of chamomile, honeysuckle, red apple, pear, quince, grapefruit, lemon, white peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, lychee and raspberry. Secondary aromas consist of vanilla, fresh bread dough, toasted brioche, short crust pastry and lemon tart. There are tertiary notes of dried apple, marmalade, hazelnut, ginger, hay and honey. The mousse was delicate and the finish was long.   

 

This was a delightful introduction to Champagne Petit et Bajan and we look forward to tasting further wines from them soon!

 

Price circa €43.00

ŒNOTHÈQUE

 

our library of previous champagnes of the month

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WHAT'S IN OUR GLASS

 A brief description of the most recent wines we have been enjoying. Tchin tchin!

 

Etienne Calsac - Les Revenants 2017

Lelarge-Pugeot - Rosé de Saignée 2013

Fleury - Notes Blanches 2012

Lelarge-Pugeot - Coteaux Champenois Vrigny Rouge 2012

Bonnet Ponson - Jules Bonnet 2011

Lelarge-Pugeot - Les Meuniers de Clémence 2013

Veuve Fourny - Blanc de Blancs

Janisson-Baradon - 7C 2014