There are so many exquisite grower champagnes available but every now and then a producer just manages to enrapt you. And then they keep doing it. A plethora of fine bubbles in a shimmering light golden robe. Floral aromatics up front with white flowers and violets up front. Really nice tropical fruits combine with spices. Red fruits and chalky minerality with just a bit of fresh yeast.
Grower Champagne from Festigny that practices biodynamic methods in the vineyard. 100% Pinot Meunier, bone dry and I wouldn’t have it any other way with these wines. Customary low dosage of between 2 and 5 g/l. One of the true masters of Meunier, there’s refinement and elegance here but also some rusticity and such a strong representation of the terroir. Half and half from the 2014 and 2015 vintages and disgorged in August of 2019.
In such a good place at the moment, this is drinking splendidly. The palate features honeysuckle and pineapples, along with lemon zest. Fresh herbs, more spice, and greenery. Long, powerful finish. Austere but oh so lovely, this may not be the champagne for every palate but if you’re an acid freak you will be in heaven. A favorite of mine for a good reason. — 11 days ago
Wild stuff. Super aromatic. Wild cherry, strawberry, tangerine. Some burgundy-like earth but with the weightlessness of a good trousseau. Some old vine magic here. Great recommendation by somm at Joomak Banjum in NYC. — 24 days ago
Man oh man. This is a whole other level of Champagne. It is of outrageous intensity and expression. There is incredible power, vigor and drive in this wine, showing such depth in its material, clearly built to age. A gentle decant unleashes it’s complex and layered core of caramelized orchard fruit, gingerbread and smokey minerals. As the bubbles reduce with extended aeration, it takes on a whole other face, performing like a Montrachet with age. An exceptional and singular Champagne that we should all be so lucky to try. A mere 20 bottles or so make it to the US. — 18 days ago
Deep red color is a surprise. Fresh strawberries and some floral notes. A champagne to accompany food. — 10 days ago
Really pretty, not over the top. Toast, apple, tiny bubbles and great acid. — 5 days ago
Beau 100% Pinot Noir, un nez légèrement toasté et brioché mais à peine, une bouche fraîche, bulles assez fines, belle acidité et intensité avec une classe et élégance indéniable, pas trop vineux avec une finale de longueur correcte. 91-92
Very nice 100% Pinot Noir (it’s not a blend) , slightly toasted and with some pastry notes, nice acidity and freshness, bubbles are medium to thin, some nice class and elegance, not too vinous for a PN, medium plus length on the finish. — 2 days ago
Just flat out delicious. Bright, slightly tart fruit, great refreshing acidity. Just begs for another sip. — 2 days ago
Disgorged 8/29/19 — 10 hours ago