- Item #: i_379456Bottle Size: 750mlAs 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.
- Item #: i_378520Bottle Size: 750mlA vintage cuvée from the single vineyard bearing its name. Toulette" is a single vineyard, mono cepage cuvee produced from Chardonnay vines that were planted in 1947. Crop levels were held to a miserly thirty hectoliters per hectare. The vins clairs were barrel fermented in older Burgundy casks and the wine is finished off with a minimal dosage of two grams per liter. Malolatic fermentation is avoided in order to release the full flavor origins of the wine. It displays a deep golden color and a rich, toasty nose. A full-flavored wine with a hint of almond/frangipane; almost like a Galette des Rois cake. Stunning!
- Item #: i_387629Bottle Size: 750mlWINERY NOTES:100% Chardonnay Crus : Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chouilly, Oiry Viticulture : Environmentally-friendly(organic fertilizers and treatments, mechanical procedures for the soils, aromatherapy, biodynamic principles) In the winery and cellar… Vintage : 2010 Vinification : Cuvées only (1st pressing), alcoholic fermentation at 17°C, malolactic fermentation, aged for 10 months in stainless steel vats. Bottled June 2011. 1997 bottles, 60 magnums Aging on lath : 7 years Dosage : 2 g / litre.
- Item #: i_377688Bottle Size: 750mlThis new to us grower-producer has created a most exciting terroir Champagne that perfectly showcases the ripe, broad demeanor for which the Chardonnays of Chouilly are prized. This then is a single varietal (Chardonnay), single harvest (2010), and single parcel Champagne. The Le Fond du Bateau lieu-dit was planted more than 50 years ago by Paul Pertois and is situated in the cru's best quadrant, i.e. south of the town directly east of the Butte de Saran on the northern border of Cramant. Environmentally-friendly vinicultural practices are employed in this vineyard including organic fertilizers and treatments, aromatherapy and biodynamic principles. The family intentionally reduces the vine's vigor and yields which results in enhanced aromatic concentration. This wine was fermented in stainless steel with malo and given 10 months to settle prior to bottling. Further complexity was achieved by seven years of yeast aging prior to disgorgement. While rich with a soft minerality, there is more than enough acidity to keep everything taught and focused through the extended finish. The flavor excitement and refinement exhibited in this superb bottling definitely make Pertois-Lebrun a name to watch.