From the vintage Blanc de Blancs, to vinous and textural Blanc de Noirs, to a Rosé that vibrates with energy; this trio shows not just the variety of grower Champagne, but some of the heights.
Brut Nature, Blanc de Blancs, 1er cru Terre de Vertus, Larmandier-Bernier, 2012
This is one of the most respected grower-producers of the Côtes de Blancs region of Champagne, and while well-known among Champagne cognoscenti, they are not as broadly known as some other houses…. And that is a-ok for us. This is our favorite bottling they produce. The Terre de Vertus is only made in certain years and is always a vintage wine and made with no dosage. Words will hardly do this wine justice, but try we shall. Notes of both fresh citrus and citrus oil, a pronounced sea shell chalkiness, and the slightest notes of brioche, more from the age than anything else. Mineral-laden and bright on the finish, the midpalate first coats the palate in suave bubbles.
Brut, Blanc de Noirs, Grand Cru Ambonnay, Eric Rodez, NV
Combine Organically farmed grapes from the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay with a precise and creative mind that blended for Krug before setting off on his own, and you have Champagne Eric Rodez. Interested? All Pinot Noir blended from 5 to 6 vintages vinified in 70% in small barrels. This champagne has a sustained gold color. The powerful nose is marked by red fruits with hints of dried fruit, and orange peel; there is a touch of delicate flower like chamomile as well. The palate is long and rich, but with vibrant freshness on the back end. Each sip is new to the last.
Extra Brut Rosé, 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, Bulle de Rosé, Frédéric Savart, NV
Frédéric Savart comes from a long line of winemakers and has been in charge of the domaine since 2005. Savart works almost exclusively with Pinot Noir in the Montagne de Reims. This ‘Bulle de Rosé’ is approximately 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay with a small amount of still red Pinot Noir added. Aromas of sliced strawberries and cherry pith, rose petal, wet stones, and phyllo dough. Compact and lively bubbles, vinous texture and a persistent mouth watering acidity. Racy, mineral forward, opulent and elegant. Our favorite rosé this season.