CLAUDE CAZALS CLOS CAZALS 2010 EXTRA BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS GRANC CRU
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As you may know, due to the pandemic, all matter of sea-borne wine commerce has been disrupted. Last Christmas there was an unprecedented number of Champagne "no-shows". One of the most lamentable of these "Ghost" shipments was a parcel of 2010 Clos Cazals Champagne. Well, as they say, "better late than never." Actually we are really over the moon that our shipment has finally arrived. What's the big deal? Only that over the years, we have come to believe that Cazals' Clos stands as a worthy rival to Krug's fabled, tres cher Clos du Mesnil. Located behind the village church in the Grand Cru Cote des Blancs village of Oger, this eight and one-half acre parcel was first planted to Chardonnay by Claude Cazals back in 1957. The vineyard's walls produce a wind shield effect that creates a warmer mesoclimate that results in riper grapes with a distinctive Chardonnay character and great depth. Further complexity and texture is accomplished by ten years of cellar aging on the yeast. This 2010 vintage combines the opulence of the 2009 with length and drive that made the 2008 so memorable. Here is regal, golden-hued bubbly with a soft mousse that, at first glance, is decadently broad with subtle strata of pear, bruised apple, vanilla, and nutmeg spice flavors that unwind to reveal a salt-tinged minerality bolstered with firm acidity. Yet another jaw dropping triumph from this very special terrior.