Epernay Champagne Tastings 520 July

by Paige Donner

Champagne René Geoffroy

Local Food And Wine Champagne Rene Geoffroy c. 2012 Paige Donner

1. Pureté Brut Zero – Harvest of 2006-2007. 50% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir. Nose gives an ever so slight  hint of champignon. Mouth is full of minerality, balanced, not for the fruity palate. 25 €

2. Extra Brut 2004 – Dosage is only 2gr. of sugar. 71% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir. Nose is balanced, fresh full of sunshine. Mouth strong on minerality. 58 €

c. 2012 Local Food And Wine Champagne Rene Geoffroy

c. 2012 Local Food And Wine Champagne Rene Goeffroy 2

3. Rosé de Saignée Extra-Brut – 100% Pinot Noir, 10gr. dosage (sugar). This one, disgorged in February ’12, has hints of strawberry pie. Color more of a peachy pink. Nose is reminiscent of a “provence de champagne.” Mouth, very light effervescence, has enough spine to accompany appetizer or light meat dishes. 31€

4. Blanc de Rosé Extra-Brut – 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir. Only 2gr. of Sugar. This house/ Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy never practices malolactic fermentation. 52€.

Champagne Sélèque

c. 2012 Local Food And Wine Champagne Seleque - winemaker

Champagne Sélèque

From Pierry, Coteaux d’Epernay. Grapes are primarily from Dizy, Pierry, Vertus. Maitre de Chai is Jean-Marc  Sélèque.

Winemakers philosophy: When it comes to adding the dosage,”… at the beginning of the history of making champagne, sugar was added only to lend a balance to the wine. It has evolved into actually adjusting the wine to a certain taste. But sugar doesn’t have an identity in and of itself. So it’s important to remember not to mask the wine. But rather to respect the terroir, the soul/spirit of the wine.” This is a family-owned producer who issues about 100,000 bottles a year.

c. 2012 Local Food And Wine Champagne Seleque

1. “Or Blanc” Premier Cru – 100% Chardonnay. Now releasing the 2008 base wine. 25€

2. Comédie 2007 Premier Cru – Named after how his grandmother could best describe his grandfather in one word, this Grand Vin is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier. It was only just released in July 2012. Long in the mouth. 28€

3. Sérénade Rosée – Here they use the saignee method, which is the delicate method of extracting the color from the grapeskins to achieve this beautiful rose petal pink. The juice from the red grapes is then used for their Ratafia. 6 gr. of sugar. A rose that is sophisticated and true to the region’s roots.

4. Ratafia Red – This is known as the “treasure of Champagne.” But it’s even more rare to find a “red” version of this sweet liqueur. Blackfruit, plummy. Almost like a port with hints of caramel.



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