The holidays are around the corner, time to celebrate and what is better than a good glass of bubbly, one of my guilty pleasures…
The region of champagne has an unbelievable amount of great Domains. For example; discover the Dallancourt domaine.
In 1927, the Juget Brunet family bought a few acres of vines in the terroir of Ay. Simone Juget worked the vines with her son, Michel Baudette who married Marie France Dallancourt in 1981. In1999, Virginie Baudette and her husband Antoine Lutun began working the vines of the two families, which resulted in the creation of the Domain Dallancourt in 2010.
Although new to the business, Antoine and Virginie have put together a house that has combined rapid development and marketing acumen with a selection of superior cuvées in a record time.
They currently have a Brut, Rosé and Blanc de blancs. I tried the Brut Rosé which comes from the mountains of Reims, a region of clay and chalk. It is an assemblage of 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier. With a beautiful pale salmon color, this crisp yet full bodied Champagne has fine bubbles. The nose is dominated by red fruits like strawberries and raspberries with lime notes. A winner in my book.
From the Vallée de la Marne, I just became acquainted with “Champagne Infinite Eight,” which was created by Nicolas Le Tixerant and Frank Leroux who share the same passion for wine. Nicolas comes from a long line of Champenois vignerons, going back to the French Revolution. He inherited the House of Edmond Roussin from his grandmother. Unfortunately, the house shut its doors in the 1970s.
Determined to revive his family’s business, Nicolas started replanting the 8.5 hectares of vineyards and resurrecting the business, teaming up with Frank Leroux to help with marketing. They only produce wines in the best vintage years and package them in sleek “black bottles marked with an 8 and the symbol for Infinity, synonyms for balance, symmetry, harmony and perfection.” Grown on silt and chalk ground near Ville-Dommange, their 2003 Millésime is an exquisite assemblage with a pale yellow color, made of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir.
In addition to its unique flavor, a major characteristic of Infinite 8 is also its design. 8 has a deep meaning in metaphysics, numerology, and human culture. Associated with perfection, balance, harmony and “another dimension to things.”
Both of these Champagne are distributed by www.espritdechampagne.com