Wine style: 100% Chardonnay, Classic aged Blanc de Blancs
Region: Grand Cru Avize, Cote des Blancs, Champagne, France
Winemaking: Only "cuvee" of the pressing is used. No malo-lactic fermentation, no fining, no filtration, no cold stabilization.
Vines age: Planted in 1977
Production Volume: Around 2,000 bottles per annum
This Blanc de Blancs is really one of the best kept secret in Champagne.
Out of a total production volume of 10,000 bottles, winegrower Agnes Corbon can only handcrafts around 2000 bottles of Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
These are aged on lees in their underground cellars until Agnes and her father Claude decided that the wine is ready. It took the 2004 vintage 7 years (compare that with 3 years required by Champagne laws).
Recent tastings show that now in 2018, with 6 years further aging in bottle after disgorgment, the Champagne is finally entering its prime drinking window!
We have done all the aging for you... Lovers of the classic aged Champagne style do not miss this top wine!
Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs is one of the most renowned style of Champagne, and it is no secrets that:
@ the best Blanc de Blancs is mostly from Chardonnay, and
@ the best Chardonnay in Champagne comes from Cote de Blancs, and
@ Grand Cru Avize is one of the best Grand Cru villages in Cote de Blancs.
@ 2004 is also one of the best vintages in the last two decades in Champagne.
Blanc de Blancs from Avize is known to be "harder" than for example Grand Cru Cramant and Grand Cru Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. These are wines that need extensive aging and Agnes Corbon is doing exactly that in order to show the best of her wines.
An interesting note is that for this wine, not only the grapes are 100% from Grand Cru Avize, but also only the "Cuvee" of the pressing is used (the first 82 litres from 160 kg of grapes, compare with the remaining 20 litres called the taille. Champagne Krug is one of the few others who operates in this way).
The dosage of 6.5 g/l may not be fashionable, but is the perfect dosage for such a classic grower champagne.
Tasting note: “Bright yellow-gold. Assertive aromas of fresh citrus fruits, quince, honeysuckle, brioche and ginger, with a smoky topnote. Mineral-driven and precise, offering vibrant lemon, orange pith and bitter pear skin flavors and deeper sweet butter and honey qualities. The toasty finish features excellent clarity, focus and minerally persistence.” 92 points, Stephen Tanzer in International Wine Cellar
"The experience was an object lesson in how no filtering or fining, allied to the magical touch of a master winemaker, can allow a Champagne from a great site to retain real richness and strength - despite all that the heaven can throw at it." Michael Edwards in The Finest Wines of Champagne, after tasting the Corbon Milllesime 1984, 1994, 2000
"The Chardonnays were most successful (in 2004), with minerality, a lithe structure, and long, multitoned flavours - as successful here as in Burgundy." Michael Edwards on the 2004 vintage in Champagne
Classic, aged, yeasty.
Honeyed lemons, salts and toast.
Fresh and long acidities, very focused indeed.
We recommend using different glasses for different occasions:
Champagne Flute: for apperitif
Zalto Universal: shows the more elegant and acidic side of the wine, to pair with seafood dishes and light vinegar or lemon dressings.
Riedel Burgundy: shows more body and the yeasty side of the wine, to pair with white meat dishes, spicy dishes, and cheese.