New Champagnes for a Holiday Toast

Larmandier-Bernier Blanc de Blancs – For Larmandier-Bernier it is not for reasons of tradition that their approach to viticulture is completely natural; it is just because it makes sense. The creation of a great Champagne, like the creation of any great wine, begins in the vineyard. Indeed, it is the grapes that contain the qualities and the authenticity that no man could ever invent.

The recipe for good-quality grapes is simple but demanding: old vines, working the soil, moderate yields; vines which thrive without having fertilisers forced into them, and mature grapes picked by hand.

The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru is elegance personified. Smoke, minerals, chalk and pears emerge as this generous yet subtle wine opens up in the glass. Sweet floral notes develop with air, but minerality is this wine’s calling card, particularly on the finish, which is incredibly elegant and refined. Simply put, this is gorgeous juice.

Camille Saves Bouzy Brut Rose – “The estates NV Brut Rose offers up berries, mint and freshly cut roses, showing great length and a classy, totally 

polished finish. This is another strong version of one of the regions most consistently delicious Roses. The blend is 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir (including 12% still Pinot), 60% 2007 and 40% 2006 reserve wine, all from vineyards in Bouzy. Dosage was 9 grams per liter.

This is an impressive wine from Camille Saves. The estate is located in Bouzy, a village famous for its Pinot Noir. These wines make a wonderful introduction for readers new to the Champagnes of Bouzy. Even better, the wine remains reasonably priced considering the quality of what is in the bottle. Interestingly, despite its richness, this Saves does not undergo malolactic fermentation as these vineyards in Bouzy provide more than enough stuffing on their own”

Vazart – Coquart Blanc de Blancs – Descendants of several generations of Champagne wine-growers, Jacques and Jean-Pierre VAZART perpetuate the brand of VAZART-COQUART.  Experience and tradition combined with the most advanced techniques are your guarantee of constant and unique quality.

This cuvée “Brut”, in other words only lightly sweetened, is made exclusively from the white Chardonnay grape variety. Full of finesse, this supple and airy wine always contains 30 to 40 % of reserve wines, so that, year after year, you will find the same “Vazart-Coquart” taste so appreciated by wine-lovers.

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