NV Claude Genet Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru, Chouilly, Champagne, France (750ml)

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A little-known family Champagne house, Claude Genet is a small grower producer located in Chouilly (southeast of Epernay), the village that marks the beginning of the Côte des Blancs. The producers here are not limited to producing Blanc de Blancs Champagne since there are both Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown in certain areas of Chouilly. In fact, many of the houses, including Claude Genet, produce exceptional Rosé Champagnes of notable quality. The estate consists of 6 hectares of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, the majority of which are sold to some of the big Champagne houses in the area. Winemaker Charles Genet (Claude’s youngest son) is at the helm today, but is limited to a scant 1.5 hectares of fruit for the production of the domaine wines.

100% Chardonnay. The grapes were pneumatically pressed at low pressure and the juice was transferred to stainless-steel vats for vinification. After the primary fermentation, the wine was left to age in different stainless-steel tanks for between 6 and 8 months before being bottled and capped. Everything was done according to the Méthode Champenoise from there on. Dosage: 11 g/L. The non-vintage Blanc de Blancs blend is typically the base vintage, with smaller amounts of 2-3 vintages of reserve wine. The current release however is not multi-vintage, but entirely from the 2015 vintage.

Pale golden yellow. Fresh aromatics, with scents of green apple, lemon, buttered toast and wet stone. The palate is vibrant, clean and focused with a fine, persistent bead. Bright flavors of green apple, lemon mousse, and toasted hazelnut. The finish is long and elegant with a graceful minerality.

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