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SommSelect: Champagne Saint-Chamant, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay, Épernay, Champagne, France 2006 - SommSelect

$69

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Champagne Saint-Chamant, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay, Épernay, Champagne, France 2006


Vintage Champagne is one of life’s great pleasures. When Winston Churchill roared to his troops in World War II, “Gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne,” I think this extraordinary 2006 Blanc de Blancs from Saint-Chamant is the kind of decadent liquid which fueled his words. One of our all-time favorite Grower Champagnes at SommSelect, this entirely Chardonnay-based beauty from the Côte de Blancs is aged on its lees for an extended period of time; the wine is only disgorged upon its exit from the labyrinthine cellars. In spite of the producer’s recent fame from the film, “A Year in Champagne,” octogenarian Monsieur Christian Coquillette, still labels each bottle by hand. This only reaffirms why the master artisan is one of the most revered grower-producers in the region who has not modernized. Simply put, this wine epitomizes everything I love about champagne both in taste and tradition.


The humble, yet grand old man of Champagne’s Côte de Blancs, Monsieur Christian Coquillette, has been handcrafting wine from his family’s vineyard since 1950. The wine caves, snaking under the earth for nearly half a mile, were built in the 19th century and the Coquillette family has owned and operated Saint-Chamant since the 1930s. Legacy isn’t all that Monsieur Coquillette has going for himself. He hand crafts this incredible Champagne of 100% Chardonnay from a select 11.5-hectare vineyard in the Côte de Blancs’ Grand Cru village of Chouilly, which rest over the “Roche Mere.” The Roche Mere translates to the “mother rock,” and is comprised of a massive limestone formation that extends into the earth for tens of meters. 

To say that Christian Coquillette is old school would be a vast understatement. While most wineries now use machines for the process of remuage, he continues to riddle his wines by hand and marks each movement with a sliver of chalk to force the spent lees into the neck of the bottle. The wine itself is aged on its fine lees well past the AOC requirements, which makes for a flavor profile and quality that will never leave you. When the wine is finally ready to leave the cold womb of his ancient cellar, Christian hand labels his bottles with the care that he takes to raise his vines for his world-class Champagne. The result is an experience that truly transcends mere words – it is magic.
 
The 2006 Blanc de Blancs displays a straw yellow core rimmed by a hint of green and exhibits delicate, persistent beading through the richly colored liquid. Creamy aromas of yellow apple, lemon curd, freshly-baked brioche, a hint of pineapple, lees, pureed hazelnut and white mushrooms levitate above the glass for a combined fragrance you will want to experience all night long. The palate is round with soft bubbles and notes of dried pineapple, lemon zest, fresh yellow apple, warm brioche and a hint of hazelnut that unfolds into a mineral-driven, crisp finish. Made in a traditional style entirely by hand, there is simply nothing like it. For the ultimate experience, pull the cork ten minutes prior to serving in all-purpose stems or open-mouthed champagne flutes at 45-50 degrees, then let slowly open and gently warm in the glass to experience everything the dazzling aromatics have in store. This is the ideal Champagne to start any gathering with close friends that will pair with dozens of starters. Try this Smoked Salmon Pancake recipe paired with this Champagne for an upcoming Sunday brunch; it will be a pairing nobody will soon forget! 
The humble, yet grand old man of Champagne’s Côte de Blancs, Monsieur Christian Coquillette, has been handcrafting wine from his family’s vineyard since 1950. The wine caves, snaking under the earth for nearly half a mile, were built in the 19th century and the Coquillette family has owned and operated Saint-Chamant since the 1930s. Legacy isn’t all that Monsieur Coquillette has going for himself. He hand crafts this incredible Champagne of 100% Chardonnay from a select 11.5-hectare vineyard in the Côte de Blancs’ Grand Cru village of Chouilly, which rest over the “Roche Mere.” The Roche Mere translates to the “mother rock,” and is comprised of a massive limestone formation that extends into the earth for tens of meters. 

To say that Christian Coquillette is old school would be a vast understatement. While most wineries now use machines for the process of remuage, he continues to riddle his wines by hand and marks each movement with a sliver of chalk to force the spent lees into the neck of the bottle. The wine itself is aged on its fine lees well past the AOC requirements, which makes for a flavor profile and quality that will never leave you. When the wine is finally ready to leave the cold womb of his ancient cellar, Christian hand labels his bottles with the care that he takes to raise his vines for his world-class Champagne. The result is an experience that truly transcends mere words – it is magic.
 
The 2006 Blanc de Blancs displays a straw yellow core rimmed by a hint of green and exhibits delicate, persistent beading through the richly colored liquid. Creamy aromas of yellow apple, lemon curd, freshly-baked brioche, a hint of pineapple, lees, pureed hazelnut and white mushrooms levitate above the glass for a combined fragrance you will want to experience all night long. The palate is round with soft bubbles and notes of dried pineapple, lemon zest, fresh yellow apple, warm brioche and a hint of hazelnut that unfolds into a mineral-driven, crisp finish. Made in a traditional style entirely by hand, there is simply nothing like it. For the ultimate experience, pull the cork ten minutes prior to serving in all-purpose stems or open-mouthed champagne flutes at 45-50 degrees, then let slowly open and gently warm in the glass to experience everything the dazzling aromatics have in store. This is the ideal Champagne to start any gathering with close friends that will pair with dozens of starters. Try this Smoked Salmon Pancake recipe paired with this Champagne for an upcoming Sunday brunch; it will be a pairing nobody will soon forget! 





Country France
Region Champagne
Sub-Region Côtes de Blancs
Varietal Chardonnay 100%
Production n/a
Alcohol 12%
Oak Neutral Oak
Soil Limestone and Chalk
Farming Sustainable
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Country France
Region Champagne
Sub-Region Côtes de Blancs
Varietal Chardonnay 100%
Production n/a
Alcohol 12%
Oak Neutral Oak
Soil Limestone and Chalk
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Champagne Saint-Chamant, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay, Épernay, Champagne, France 2006 - SommSelect SommSelect: Champagne Saint-Chamant, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay, Épernay, Champagne, France 2006 - SommSelect

$69

Buy 2 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“Simply put, this vintage Blanc de Blancs from grower-producer, Saint-Chamant, epitomizes everything I love about Champagne.”

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