Champagne Tasting: Brochet, Courtin, Perseval, Couche

By December 10, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
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Emmanuel Brochet

Emmanuel organically farms a 2.5 hectare single parcel in Montagne-de-Reims, called “Le Mont Benoît.” All of his wines undergo indigenous fermentation in barrel. In recent vintages, he has also begun to select native yeasts from his estate to jump start the secondary fermentation (prise de mousse as the French call it). His wines are sleek, upright and opulent, balancing pleasure with a very distinct and bracing minerality, which is even more pronounced in his single-varietal cuvées.

Le Mont Benoit Extra Brut (2011), $72
2009 Haut Chardonnay Extra Brut, $115
2008 Les Hauts Meuniers Extra Brut, $120

Marie-Courtin
Based in the Aube to the South, Dominique Moreau concentrates almost exclusively on crafting powerfully vinous expressions of Pinot Noir (though rare bits of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc also exist). She organically farms a single parcel of land, which minimizes pollution from her neighbors. The wines are aromatically exotic, dense and textural.

NV Résonanace Extra Brut (2012), $57
2009 Efflorescence Extra Brut, $85
2011 Indulgence Extra Brut Rosé, $100

Thomas Perseval

Thomas organically farms 2.5 hectares of vineyards spread around the town of Chamery, in the Montagne-de-Reims region. He continues to make his parents wines, alongside his own, resulting in wines that house a forward-thinking core of salinity and cut inside a sleek and elegant framework of lush fruit. We are lucky to have a microscopic amount of his rosé as well.

Extra Brut Tradition (2012), $60
Extra Brut Rosé (2012/2010), $65

Vincent Couche

Based in the Aube near the town of Buxeil, Vincent Couche is one of the few people in Champagne fully committed to farming biodynamically, something the harsh, wet climate makes extra difficult. The hard work shows through in the wines, which display precise acidity and a very bright and refreshing fruit profile, unimpeded by any added dosage. His Cuvée Chloé, a sans souffre cuvée, is not to be missed.

NV Brut Zero, $46
NV Cuvée Chloé Brut Zero, $72

Tasting costs $20. It is 1-4pm on Saturday, December 12th. Wines in italics are included in the tasting. If you cannot make it to the tasting, but would like to purchase the wines, send us an email. We are happy to reserve the wines, or ship them to you. Thanks!