Andre Clouet "Chalky" Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
Chalk soils have long been considered one of the key resources enabling the Champagne region to produce such intense and refined wines. Aiming to highlight this relationship, Andre Clouet have released a new wine in their range further dialling up the crisp and salty flavours so prevalent in wines from these chalk rich soils. As a 100% Chardonnay cuvee, this initial release of "Chalky" is entirely from the outstanding 2013 vintage, with vineyard sources one third from the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims, and two thirds on the Cote de Blancs. After pressing, fermentation takes place in small stainless steel tanks before being aged for seven years in the bottle, disgorged early in 2021 with 6g/L dosage. Expect a lively, salty, mineral inflected wine that is a perfect aperitif or wine to drink alongside fresh oysters.
*93 pts James Suckling:*
Brimming with fresh apple, lemon and wild-berry aromas underlined by a note of freshly baked baguette, this begins so charmingly, then it turns in a fascinating mineral direction with a pronounced saline quality. The excitement comes from the tension between these two sides of this very distinctive champagne. Very long, chalky finish. 100% chardonnay from the 2013 vintage. Drink now.
Andre Clouet是一個小型的獨立香檳酒莊。其歷史非常悠久，可以回溯至17世紀王權時代。Clouet家族一直以來都很受到皇室的照顧，因為其祖先是國王御用的印刷師，而後成為國王御用的釀酒師。家族的莊園建於Bouzy，著名的黑皮諾產區。釀造Blanc de Noirs香檳也成為André Clouet酒莊的專長，並建立起卓越的名聲。