Single Vineyard Exploration
Bottles individually purchased: £527
The beauty of the blend has been synonymous with Champagne for centuries, so it wasn’t until the 20th century that the idea of focusing on the purity of one specific vineyard, let alone labelling it as such, took shape. Wines from Philipponnat, Clos des Goisses and Cattier, Clos du Moulin started the ball rolling in the 1950s and ‘60s, but it was with Champagne Krug and the magical Clos du Mesnil that the concept really took off. At the time, many Krug lovers (including some of the family) laughed at the idea, but a decade later the first vintage was released and the rest is history.
Since then single vineyard Champagne has become synonymous with high quality, low yield, terroir focussed winemaking and many Maisons have followed suit. The innovative growers we work with at Sip offer some of the most exciting and unique single vineyard wines available – they tell a story, represent authenticity and bring you closer to the heart of Champagne. Here are six of our favourites...
We start our exploration of lieu-dits in the far west of the Marne Valley and this wonderful oak vinified, pure Meunier. Coming from a winemaker who has only recently began segregating his plots to make single-vineyard wines it's a hugely concentrated, deeply fruity and intense example.
A real bomb of a wine from George Remy, coming from the village of Tauxieres in the south of the Montagne de Reims. It's deep, dark and rich with loads of complexity that just continues to build as it opens. It's a wine that would work well with food and is certainly worth stoppering and returning to a day or two later.
'Les Sablonnières' roughly translates as 'sandy lane', which gives you a good idea about the terroir Margot and Charlotte work with down in the Petit Moran. This, their first Pinot Noir, is a total contrast to their Chardonnay, but boy is it good! Plump and round on the front end, there is an amazingly vinous 'red wine' like palate. There's a toasty, saline element with pink grapefruit and a chewy finish full of cherries.
This exciting new wine comes from the much lauded vineyard of Presle in the village of Celles sur Ource (made famous by Cedric Bouchard). The nose is precise, vinous and serious, with notes of orange peel and delicious creamy texture. There is a nice delicate layer of salinity which captures you on the mid to late. Succulent, elegant and refined.
We finish the selection with a wonderful rosé from 'Les Champs Brûlés' on the upper reaches of Verzy. Adrien picks the Pinot grapes at optimum maturity and macerates them for 24 hours before vinifying them for 6 months in oak barrels. As you might expect from an '18, the palate is incredibly rich and the oak adds a supple round element that works so well.
Please note: Occasionally, due to stock availability, we may need to substitute bottles. In this situation, the replacement cuvées will be in the same style, and of the same or greater value.