Notes from Polaner Selections:
Jérôme Prévost’s Champagne La Closerie was founded in 1998, after taking over his grandmother’s two hectares vineyard of Les Beguines, planted with massale selection Meunier in the Montagne de Reims village of Gueux.
Like his fellow “Champagne Renegades”, Prévost focuses on site-specific bottlings primarily dedicated to one grape and one vintage. In order to achieve a textured, terroir-transparent style, he works toward extremely low yields and no chemical additives in the vineyard. The intensity, power and precision of Prévost Champagnes, combined with Jérôme’s thoughtgul, comedic approach, has resulted in a cult following for the man and his wines.
Les Beguines is located about 10 km west of Reims. It was planted in the late 1950's, fortunately prior to the age of "super clones", so with original massale selection cuttings. Jérôme harvests all grapes by hand, and ferments with indigenous yeasts using a mix of used barriques and 600L demi-muids. The champagnes are disgorged about 16 months after bottling, and finished with minimal dosage and very little sulfur so as to preserve the sanctity and purity of the wine underneath. This short period sur lattes is unique in Champagne, but Jérôme maintains that the most interesting evolution in his wines occurs in the bottle in the months and years following disgorgement, as he points out, more like regular still wine than a Champagne.
While the main production chez Prévost is the Meunier-based Les Béguines, he also makes miniscule quantities of a fascinating Rose Champagne called Fac-simile. It is a Rose d'assemblage using still (red) Pinot Meunier from his vineyard. In addition, as Jérôme is always tinkering and experimenting, there is an occasional experimental cuvee that is released commercially.
Only 3180 bottles of 'Fac-Simile' were produced.