Most of us are familiar with the wines from Cote des Blancs, the most prestige region for Blanc de Blancs in Champagne (think of Grand Cru villages such as Avize, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger). However, today we introduce the wines from Côte de Sézanne. This region is considered to be an extention of Cote des Blancs and a rare gem in Champagne.
Located south of Cote des Blancs but north of Cotes des Bar, Côte de Sézanne shares the same Cretaceous chalk soil with Cote des Blancs. There are however more clay in the soil and the climate is slightly warmer at Côte de Sézanne, making this place the perfect terroir to make ripe and fruity Blanc de Blancs with low dosage.
The organic estate Champagne Barrat Masson is managed by the husband and wife team of Aurélie and Loïc. These wines were a revelation for us, as we have never tasted Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs as good as these before!
Barrat Masson uses traditional Coquard press and works particularly with the coeur de cuvée. Each plots are vinified separatedly in stainless steel vats, oak barrels and demi-muids. We are very impressed by the ripeness, smooth texture and deep minerality of the wines.