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 2012 with the addition of 20% 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!
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! The base wine is from 2014 and is a blend of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir. (The average vine age is 35 years)
2 x Blanc de Blancs NV
Finesse and opulence truly characterise this cuvée. The rich aromas of brioche, honey and spice with notes of fresh 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.
Blanc de Noirs NV
This cuvée is 100% Pinot Noir from a single plot called Les Hauts de la Fontaine, in the village of Villevenard. The base wine is 2011 (80%) and 2010 (20%). Bright, lifted aromatics of citrus and red fruits. Showing elegance and finesse it's not at all heavy, showing some lovely, fresh creamy notes and roundness on the palate. This is a Champagne to indulge in as an aperitif or with the starter; to awaken your senses and tantalise the tastebuds.
2 x 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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