Vintage Champagne Exploration
One winemaker. One Maison. One expression. One year. If you want to truly understand what the essence of a Champagne is and the critical role climate plays, then start with a vintage.
This, our 5th vintage case, covers the years 2012 through to 2017 with six superb wines that display their own distinctive characteristics, whilst remaining wedded to the weather of the year they embody.
Thoughts on each vintage:
2012 - One of the great vintages of the last few decades. Great balance and fruit forward.
2013 - A cooler year and a late harvest led to a classic Champagne vintage.
2014 - A year of alternating weather patterns saved by a hot September.
2015 - A hot year creating a great vintage with ample acidity.
2016 - Yields down, but with perfect weather for ripening. A special year that some have compared to the great 1988.
2017 – A challenging vintage with frosts, followed by a hot summer and then rain In August.
100% Pinot Noir from the legendary Grand Cru village of Bouzy, this is a real old school style; wonderfully vinous and structured, with a plump delivery of black fruit. There’s a lovely toasty weight, balanced with a delicate mousse and a glorious, creamy finish.
A pure Meunier from the incredible 2012 vintage. Super rich, powerful, toasty, layered. There is a really engaging acidic profile with a gushing tropical layer on the mid-to-late that reels you in nicely. Juicy and textured with lovely bitter play.
A lovely vinous Pinot from the Aube. It takes time to open but, when it does...wow! There’s oodles of black fruit and a proper engaging mid to late, with salty, toasty elements.
50/50 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay this wine is deep, dark and rich. So intense, so monstrous, with every glass revealing another layer, another level of texture and fruit intensity. This is so impeccably put together it’s hard to capture it all!
100% Chardonnay from Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger with 2g/ltr. There’s a hint of butter and brioche on the front end but the ’13 characteristics come through with a bright, attacking palate, underscored by crisp apple and citrus notes.
The second incarnation of a truly stunning wine from an amazing Maison. Bottled in May 2016, this wine has spent the past 5 years on cork building intensity and depth. The result is a complex but refined wine with the oak intermingling with classic Chardonnay fruit.