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SommSelect: Grower Champagne Louis Dousset, Original Mailly-Champagne, France NV - SommSelect

$45

Buy 3 and we‘ll include shipping.*


Grower Champagne Louis Dousset, Original Mailly-Champagne, France NV


Today’s Champagne from the small, historic grower-producer, Louis Dousset, is a new discovery that we are delighted to offer you here on SommSelect. As you may know by now, we are always on the hunt for outstanding Grower Champagnes that over-deliver in terms of quality and value when compared with the common negociant houses. This offer achieves that and more. From an estate that dates back to 1844, Louis Dousset’s fruit is derived from Grand Cru vineyards that average over fifty years of age. A master at the traditional Champenoise art of blending, this producer pushes the envelope well past the appellation’s requirements by maturing the wines for five impressive years on its fine lees. The result is a rich, brioche-laden nectar with a striking minerality that drinks well above its price. At $45 a bottle, this represents one of the best values on the market.


The House of Louis Dousset encapsulates everything that makes Grower-Champagne so special with a history that reaches back to the mid-19th century, mature vines including some that top 80 years of age, a focus on sustainability and biodynamics in advantageously situated vineyards and Grand Cru fruit that is crafted and masterfully blended into an artisanal Champagne. From their base in the small village of Verzenay in Montagne de Reims, fourth-generation vigneron and winemaker, Jean-Roch Floquet has been guiding the family legacy to even greater heights since 1998. Although he has always farmed the estate with sustainable practices, Jean-Roch has been progressively moving towards biodynamics with each passing year. Every plot of their estate, located predominantly in the top villages of Verzenay and Mailly, are tended individually with an eye toward maintaining the terroir and distinct soils that make this pocket of France so incredibly special. In fact, the unique, north-facing slopes of greater Montagne de Reims where Verzenay and Mailly rest are said to be, “upside down,” in their aspect, but the mountain actually creates a natural barrier against wind allowing for excellent exposure.

In the cellar, tradition is met with state-of-the-art technology where Jean-Roch’s labors combine to deliver a house style that can compete with the greatest names in the business for a modest price tag. Today’s blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir is vinified in enameled steel vats then blended into 7% reserve wine and received 7.8 grams per liter of dosage. Once the wine is bottled, the divine nectar remains on its lees for an impressive five years. This wine was disgorged in the spring of 2014 and is a testament to the art of blending and aging in Champagne. With finesse, balance, concentration and that brioche quality we all adore from extended lees aging, this Champagne is a true beauty.

This Champagne displays a light golden straw core with reflections of green and gold on the rim. Generous and intense aromas of dried yellow apple, red pear, dried pineapple and Meyer lemon curd are layered into a bouquet of honeysuckle and wildflowers laced with freshly baked brioche, lees, a hint of oyster shell and crushed chalk. The near full-bodied palate delivers a creamy mouthfeel of complex flavors, reminiscent of the nose, that evolves into a long, rich finish framed by finely crushed minerals and chalk that only the best sites in Champagne can achieve. Do not serve this wine directly from the fridge in tall, thin Champagne flutes or this charming beauty will not show its aromas. Opt instead for open-mouth champagne flutes or white wine stems and serve at 45-50 degrees.  

The House of Louis Dousset encapsulates everything that makes Grower-Champagne so special with a history that reaches back to the mid-19th century, mature vines including some that top 80 years of age, a focus on sustainability and biodynamics in advantageously situated vineyards and Grand Cru fruit that is crafted and masterfully blended into an artisanal Champagne. From their base in the small village of Verzenay in Montagne de Reims, fourth-generation vigneron and winemaker, Jean-Roch Floquet has been guiding the family legacy to even greater heights since 1998. Although he has always farmed the estate with sustainable practices, Jean-Roch has been progressively moving towards biodynamics with each passing year. Every plot of their estate, located predominantly in the top villages of Verzenay and Mailly, are tended individually with an eye toward maintaining the terroir and distinct soils that make this pocket of France so incredibly special. In fact, the unique, north-facing slopes of greater Montagne de Reims where Verzenay and Mailly rest are said to be, “upside down,” in their aspect, but the mountain actually creates a natural barrier against wind allowing for excellent exposure.

In the cellar, tradition is met with state-of-the-art technology where Jean-Roch’s labors combine to deliver a house style that can compete with the greatest names in the business for a modest price tag. Today’s blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir is vinified in enameled steel vats then blended into 7% reserve wine and received 7.8 grams per liter of dosage. Once the wine is bottled, the divine nectar remains on its lees for an impressive five years. This wine was disgorged in the spring of 2014 and is a testament to the art of blending and aging in Champagne. With finesse, balance, concentration and that brioche quality we all adore from extended lees aging, this Champagne is a true beauty.

This Champagne displays a light golden straw core with reflections of green and gold on the rim. Generous and intense aromas of dried yellow apple, red pear, dried pineapple and Meyer lemon curd are layered into a bouquet of honeysuckle and wildflowers laced with freshly baked brioche, lees, a hint of oyster shell and crushed chalk. The near full-bodied palate delivers a creamy mouthfeel of complex flavors, reminiscent of the nose, that evolves into a long, rich finish framed by finely crushed minerals and chalk that only the best sites in Champagne can achieve. Do not serve this wine directly from the fridge in tall, thin Champagne flutes or this charming beauty will not show its aromas. Opt instead for open-mouth champagne flutes or white wine stems and serve at 45-50 degrees.  





Country France
Region Champagne
Sub-Region n/a
Varietal 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak n/a
Soil Chalk
Farming Sustainable
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Country France
Region Champagne
Sub-Region n/a
Varietal 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak n/a
Soil Chalk
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Grower Champagne Louis Dousset, Original Mailly-Champagne, France NV - SommSelect SommSelect: Grower Champagne Louis Dousset, Original Mailly-Champagne, France NV - SommSelect

$45

Buy 3 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“Louis Dousset pushes the envelope well past the appellation’s requirements with five years of lees aging and delivers a rich, brioche-laden nectar with striking minerality.”

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