Jan
04

A Quartet of Grower Champagne

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Our New Year’s Eve winetasting in VINO, included 3 top echelon “grower” Champagne. aa1 (A friend brought the 4th, just to share).  The recoltant manipulant (grower) category of Champagne seems to be really catching on & growing across the country.  Here are 3 certainly worth checking out!

b16Jean Milan Blanc de Blancs “Grand Cru” 

100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru Village of Oger.  Surprisingly powerful,  penetrating!

Vilmart Grand Cellier “Premier Cru”  b17

80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, actually from a single parcel in Rilly la-Montagne.  No ML, 10 months in OLD barrels.  50 months sur latte.  One of the true standout “grower” Champagnes.

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Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Initial “Grand Cru”

Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Exquise “Grand Cru”
100% Chardonnay from the villages of Avize, Cramant & Oger.  Typically for the Initial bottling Selosse uses the lower slope vines of the 3 villages AND blends 3 different vintages.  Then for the Exquise bottling, he will add a little more dosage , so there is a hint of sweetness (typically around 24 grams per liter).  On this night the Initial tasted stark, pure & minerally (to the point of being more Burgundy-like than Champagne like).  It was exciting tasting the Exquise, which I do not think is imported into the U.S. or perhaps in  very minute quantities, side by side.  It gives one a very different perspective.

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