The property is situated in the southern part of the Côte des Blancs in the village of Villevenard. Simon Nominé is now responsible for the estate after taking the reins from his father Claude. Energetic with his own young family, he is guiding the estate into its next phase. Simon has only just begun taking over winemaking duties but is pleased as punch with the results so far. All the wines show a pristine purity of fruit with lovely freshness and clarity. In a 'Decanter' magazine tasting of Brut NVs, the Brut Nominé NV came third out of 118 cuveés - and this comes as no surprise. I also recommend that the next time you visit Champagne, take the time to pay them a visit; more charming hosts you couldn't hope to meet!
Brut Nominé NV
This is a fresh and elegant Champagne, displaying lifted white floral notes with lots of minerality and citrus fruit aromas. The base wine is from 2018 with the addition of 25% reserve wines from the five preceding vintages. A high proportion of Chardonnay (40%) and equal proportions of Meunier and Pinot Noir give complete balance to the blend. It would make an ideal aperitif or a magical match with fresh fish or smoked salmon. Champagne for celebration!
Sourced from 30 plots in six different villages with an average vine age of 35 years with the oldest plots up to seventy years old. 30 months on lees with a further 6 months ageing before release. dosage 10g/l
Wine Spectator 91 points "Firm and focused, with a rich, smoky hint of tosted brioche carried on a lively bead and layered with more subtle notes of white peach , spun honey, lemon confit and pastry.
Brut Rosé NV
A high proportion of Chardonnay gives the Brut Rosé sensuality and elegance. Vanilla crème brûlée and intense red fruit aromas hint at what’s to come; a further hint of cherry and fresh grapefruit, followed by a subtle velvety mouthful. This is a gorgeous Rosé and one worth spoiling yourself with!
Wine Spectator, 90 points "A smoky hint of roasted almond and a touch of bacon imparts a savory accent to this firm, well-knit rosé. The fine bead carries subtle flavors of macerated plum, whole-grain toast and lemon zest."
The base wine is 75% 2018 with 25% reserves. A blend of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir. (The average vine age is 35 years) 18 months on lees with a further 6 months ageing before release. Dosage 11g/l
Blanc de Blancs NV
Finesse and opulence truly characterise this cuvée. Rich and intense on the palate yet still retains wonderful elegance and finesse. Aromas of brioche, honey and spice with notes of fresh citrus and wild flowers combine very well. A lovely spine of fresh acidity keeps the wine on a fine edge, which keeps you wanting more and more! The fruit is sourced from three villages; 25 % Villevenard (fruitiness) , 25 % Allemant (structure) , 50% Etoges (minerality), the average vine age is an impressive 35 years.
Attractive fresh lemons and dried peaches with dried flowers on the nose here. The palate has a succulent, lively and fleshy feel with a very smooth, silky and assertively fresh texture on the palate. Neat, fresh finish. 91pts James Suckling
Base wine is 2017 (65%) with 35% reserves from the five previous vintages. 48 months on lees with a further 12 months ageing before release. Dosage 9g/l
Blanc de Noirs NV
Bright, lifted aromatics of citrus and red fruits. Showing elegance and finesse it's not at all heavy, showing some lovely, fresh creamy notes, with layers of brioche, almonds and fresh pastries. This is a Champagne to indulge in as an aperitif or with the starter.
Quite a savory style with bready and nutty aromas, as well as some light, dried red-berry notes. The palate is smooth, sleek and composed with fine acidity, creating chalky-mineral nuances and a fresh, dry impression. 91pts James Suckling
This cuvée is 60% Pinot Noir from a single plot called 'Les Hauts de la Fontaine', in the village of Villevenard. 40% Meunier from the single plot 'Les Barbottes' in Charly sur Marne. Vine age is between 20 and 45 years.The base wine is 90% 2017 with 10% reserves. 3 years on lees with a further 6 months ageing before release. 9.5g/l dosage
Special Club 2013
Special Club releases are only produced in exceptional vintages. Whereas the 2009 release was predominately Chardonnay, the 2013 is a blend of 30% Chardonnay and 70% Pinot Noir. Aromas of fresh patries, grilled hazlenuts and almonds lead into a palate that is complex, opulent and generous, with great minerality and finesse. A real treat now but this will continue to develop and improve for many years to come. Average vine age of 30 years, with 60 months on lees and the dosage is 9.6g/l
91pts -Deacanter World Wine Awards
Special Club 2009
A mere 2000 bottles were produced of the 2009 Special Club, which consists of a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. It is a little restrained on the nose at first, but as it opens up, it teases and tempts as to just what’s waiting within. Oh, it is racy, with wonderful finesse and style from the Chardonnay component while the Pinot Noir has given structure and backbone which should see it develop wonderfully for many years. The wine develops and opens in the glass giving white floral and spice notes with great length and style. Ultra fine on the palate, showing the pedigree that you’d expect from a Special Club release. We were very fortunate in securing the last bottles available!
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