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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
NICOLAS MAILLART
Millésime 2007

Our “Champagne of the Month” for June 2022 is produced by Nicolas Maillart from the village of Écueil on the Montagne de Reims. Nicolas is the 9th generation of his family working the family estate consisting of 8 ½ hectares, predominantly in Écueil with plots also in Bouzy and Villers-Allerand.

 

Millésime 2007 is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, predominantly from Bouzy and 40% Chardonnay from Écueil. Gentle pressing by means of a pneumatic press that is gravity fed to limit oxygenation of the juice. Vinification is partly in stainless steel and partly in oak barrels. The wine spent around 5 years maturing in the bottle before being disgorged by hand in January 2013. Sealed with a natural cork, dosage is around 4gl.

 

Tasted: 17:20 hours Saturday 28th May 2022 (root day in the biodynamic calendar)

 

Glassware: Lehmann Jamesse Abolus

 

Appearance: Clear, pale, gold.

 

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of apple blossom, lemon blossom, roasted lemon, orange peel, mandarin, apple, pear, quince, mango, honeydew melon, white peach, pineapple, passion fruit, persimmon, raspberry and apple compote. There are secondary notes of short crust pastry, chausson aux pommes, vanilla, cloves, charred wood and toasted brioche. Tertiary aromas include almond, marzipan, caramel, toffee apple, marmalade, dried apple, ginger, hay, honey and dried banana.

 

Price circa at source (2013) €28.00

Current vintage circa €55.00

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WHAT'S IN OUR GLASS

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

Charles Dufour – Orange Sanguine

Jacques Selosse – Brut Rosé

Leclerc-Briant – Rosé Brut

Egly-Ouriet – V.P.

Jean-Marc Sélèque – Quintette

Piollot – Colas Robin

Caillez-Lemaire – Rosé

Pascal Doquet – Blanc de Blancs

Vincent Charlot – Le Fruit de ma Passion