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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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ŒNOTHÈQUE
CHAMPAGNE OF THE MONTH

Champagne of the Month
C.H. PICONNET
3 Cépages 2015

Our “champagne of the month” for June 2024 is a bottle from our most recent trip last year, produced by Clement and Agathe Piconnet of Champagne C.H. Piconnet from Neuville-sur-Seine in the Côte des Bar.

 

The couple took over the family domaine in 2014 coinciding with the construction of a brand-new winery, designed by Clement’s architect sister Lise. Whilst vine growing has long been a part of the family history, it was more recently with grandfather Charles and father Hubert that winemaking was a serious part of the family business. The couple have around 8 hectares at their disposal in the Aubois villages of Neuville-sur-Seine and Gyé-sur-Seine. 

 

C.H. Piconnet are driving towards an ecological and sustainable future beginning the Biodynamic certification process in 2019. They also hold Haute Valeur Environnementale and Viticulture Durable en Champagne certification. Both Clement and Agathe travelled the World in order to expand their winemaking knowledge and to begin building their own ethos. In the vineyard, the couple undertake de-leafing; a practice brought back from experiences in Switzerland. 50-80% of leaves are removed from the Eastern aspect of grape clusters to allow exposure to the rising morning sun. At the same time, leaves on the Western aspect are left in situ in order to protect grapes from the strength of the afternoon sun in high Summer. In the winery, a state-of-the-art pneumatic press allows for a gentle pressing of the grapes, thus reducing the amounts of sulphur required.

 

3 Cépages is a vintage wine, this edition being born from the 2015 harvest. As the name suggests, it is a blend of three varieties and in many cases, an archetypal Aubois blend. Pinot Noir contributes 40%, ably supported by 35% Pinot Blanc and 25% Chardonnay. Vinification is entirely en cuves inox (stainless steel) and malolactic fermentation is carried out. This wine was bottled on 4th April 2016 and disgorged in October 2019 with a dosage of 3gl, sealed with a natural cork; alcohol is at 12% abv.

 

Tasted: 16:40 hours Saturday 4th May 2024 (root day in the biodynamic calendar) 

 

Glassware: Lehmann Jamesse Abolus 

 

Appearance: Clear, medium, gold.

 

Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with honeysuckle, geranium, orange blossom, lemon blossom, violet, red apple, gooseberry, pear, lemon rind, lemon juice, orange peel, pink grapefruit, apricot, white peach, roasted pineapple, honeydew melon, lychee, raspberry and cranberry. There are secondary notes of shortbread, orange buttercream, Crema Catalana, pastry and Tarte aux Abricots. Tertiary aromas include dried apricot, marmalade, cinnamon, ginger, toast, nutty, hazelnut, cobnut, hay and honey. 

 

This was our first experience of C.H. Piconnet and it is fair to say that our attention has been well and truly piqued! One to keep an eye on.

 

Price circa €46.00

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WHAT'S IN OUR GLASS

Some of the most recent wines we have been enjoying.

 

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Charles Dufour – Rosexpress 2015

Lelarge-Pugeot – Tradition (brut nature 2019 base)

Corbon – Millésime 2005

Petit Clergeot - Chevry

Thomas Perseval - Art'Terre

Grethen - Alter Ego

Janisson Baradon - Toulette 2008

Lelarge-Pugeot - Gueux 2015

Tarlant - La Matinale 2003

Jean-Marc Sélèque - Les Gouttes d'Or 2015

Henri Giraud - Code Noir

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