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  • 277. Champagne AC NV Brut, Sainte Anne

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    Chartogne-Taillet

    65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    This is a lovely, delicate style of champagne (22g/l instead of the more typical 24g/l for the secondary fermentation), showing very pure citrus fruits with good energy, a hint of quince, brioche and a saline, mineral flavour. It comes from 30-year-old vines planted in sandstone, clay and chalk in Merfy and is made 60% from the 2013 vintage, 40% from 2012. Disgorged in Oct 2016 with a 5.5g/l dosage. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 278. Champagne AC 2011 Extra-Brut, Beaux Sens

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    Chartogne-Taillet

    100% Pinot Meunier (12% alc.)

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    One of two of Alexandre’s single vineyard champagnes that we are listing this year, from very rare ungrafted vines planted in 1955 alongside the lieu-dit of Les Barres in sands and limestone over chalk. Initially aged in a 16hl cement egg (so just 1900 bts produced), which Alexandre finds give a finer, more delicate, very terroir driven wine with no easy fruit (think oats, mushrooms, salinity and bitters). It was bottled off in July 2012 and was disgorged last year with a 3g/l dosage. Even in a difficult vintage, can Champagne get any better than this? VLQ. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 279. Champagne AC 2010 Les Couarres Extra Brut

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    Chartogne-Taillet

    60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay, (12% alc.)

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    Alexandre produced this champagne from vines planted in 1982 in 120cms of sand over a deep layer of clay. Aged in 3 to 6 yr old barrels with malos completed it has a 4g/l dosage. The clay gives body and structure per Alexandre and the sand provides finesse for this exceptional champagne, which has a gorgeous nose, and on the palate a structure which suggests that it will benefit from further ageing, with a teasing complexity and delicacy on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 280. Champagne Rosé AC Brut

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    Chartogne-Taillet

    60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    A delicate salmon pink, this champagne comes from the 2013 vintage and was aged in a mix of stainless steel and barrels. 15% pinot noir still wine from Orizeaux was assembled to give the colour and it was disgorged in Jan 2017. It is a very elegant rosé, with nuanced, layered red cherry and redcurrant fruit, underlined by subtle notes from the soil. The dosage of 6g/l suits perfectly.

  • 281. Champagne AC NV Non Dosé, Le Mont Benoit

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    Emmanuel Brochet

    50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    This comes from 38 year old vines on a south-east facing hillside in Villers-aux-Noeuds. It is made from a base of 80% 2013. Aged in new to 12 year old barrels for 11 months, it was then given two and a half years sur lattes before disgorging with a dosage of 4g/l. The malolactic fermentations have been completed. It feels vivid and vibrant in its energy, and is intensely expressive of its terroir, not only in its briny, oyster-shell minerality but also in its rich body. Limited quantity. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 282. Champagne 1er Cru NV Brut Herie Hodie

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    Roger Coulon

    40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay. (12.5% alc.)

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    The cuvee Heri Hodie comes from the vineyards of Vrigny, Pargny and Coulommes, all Premier Cru Villages of the Montagne de Reims. All grapes have been aged in cuve, the malolactic fermentation is completed and the wine spent three years sur lattes. The majority of Meunier gives the perfect combination between fruity notes, strength and lightness.It has a very delicate but creamy mousse with fine bubbles. Very expressive on the nose, with candied fruits notes. Nicely balanced, with toasted notes, apricot and pear, this is a real crowd pleaser. The dosage of 6g/l is perfectly suiting the juice and the finish is evolving into spicy notes, typical from the Meunier. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 283. Champagne 1er Cru NV Brut Reserve de L’Hommée

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    Roger Coulon

    33% Pinot Meunier, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    L'Hommée is a former agricultural measure used before the time of Napoleon equivalent to the surface of vines that a man could work in one day: one Hommée equals 3.33a (333m2). Réserve de l'Hommée is made with the domaine’s oldest parcels which were once measured in this way. This cuvee comes from the two Premier Cru Villages of Vrigny and Pargny les Reims. The Chardonnay has been aged in oak barrels for seven months whereas the PN and the PM have been aged in cuve. The malos are completed and the wine spent five years sur lattes. Here again, the mousse is very subtle with tiny bubbles. The nose brings notes of brioche, cherry, raspberry, spices and vanilla. The mouth is precise and balanced. Long and complex finish, with notes of citrus fruit and apple. The dosage of 6g/l is low enough to let the firm minerality sit in the foreground with the fruit playing a supporting role. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 284. Champagne AC Extra-Brut, Les Béguines

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    La Closerie, Jérôme Prévost

    90% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    The initial still wine from the 2014 vintage was oak aged in new to thirteen year old barrels for ten months, before being bottled and then disgorged 17 months later in December 2015, at which point 2g/l dosage was added. Rich, vinous, dense, complex and extremely long on the palate but all the time beautifully fresh and balanced. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 285. Champagne Rosé AC Extra-Brut, Fac-Simile (sold out)

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    La Closerie, Jérôme Prévost

    90% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    Jérôme has made this extremely delicately coloured, fine rosé by the addition of one barrel of pinot meunier red wine aged for 11 months and then gently fused and married with the white wine – the idea of doing a saignée by leaving the juice in contact with the skins for 24 hours just for the sake of colour was anathema to him. It’s an extremely fine example with layers of delicately perfumed spiced red fruits and an incredible textural finesse. Disgorged with a 2g/l dosage. For drinking now to 2020.