NV Tassin Brut, Aube, Champagne, France (750ml)

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In 1793, in the midst of the French revolution, the Tassin family began farming in the southerly “off the grid” village of Loches-sur-Ource in the Aube region of Champagne. The estate, which operates as a Recoltant-Manipulant (producing wines exclusively from its own vineyards on its own premises), is currently run by father and son, Michael and Thibault. Thibault brings a broad wealth of knowledge to the family business having acquired degrees in enology from three separate institutions in Troyes, Beaune and Reims. Considering he studied in both Burgundy and Champagne, his acumen in the vineyard and the cellar is well-rounded and thoughtful. With the intention of achieving transparency and letting the wines speak for themselves, Thibault abides by a philosophy of “no oak, all Aube”. Thus, he ferments exclusively in stainless steel and halts malolactic fermentation to retain a brighter acidity in the wines. The Aube terroir he is so passionate about showcasing is quite unique in contrast to more northerly Champagne regions; while the north is better known for Belemnite chalk soils, Aube boasts a mix of marls and Kimmeridgian chalks (also found in such mineral-driven wine producing regions as Chablis and Sancerre). And although Aube is considered a Pinot Noir region almost entirely (as only 7% of the vineyard holdings are planted to Chardonnay), this distinctive and delicious Blanc de Blancs confirms that Chardonnay is quite relevant there too.

This is pure Chardonnay sourced from 45-year-old vines on hillside vineyards that benefit from the nearby, climate-tempering Ource river. Fermented in stainless steel tank and aged on its lees for three years, it offers a playful dichotomy between rich, concentrated fruit and a delicate, fairly light structure. The fragrance hints at Mirabelle plum, white raspberry, Ranier cherry and apple blossom while the light to medium-bodied palate offers more bruised fruit notes as in D’Anjou pear and red apple. Lush in texture with a soft yet cleansing acidity, this refined and effortlessly enjoyable style finishes with a subtle hint of baking spice and bright, chalky minerality.

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