Champagne Saint-Chamant, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay, Épernay, Champagne, France 2002

Within the first few weeks of launching Somm Select, we offered a 2005 Saint-Chamant Champagne from the Côte des Blancs that flew out of the cellar. We have had numerous emails to get more. Recently, we were granted the fortunate opportunity to offer the 2002 Saint-Chamant as it just arrived directly from the Champagne house. The wine has recently been disgorged after being on its lees since 2003—about 11 years. The price of this wine is an incredible value compared to what you would normally pay for a Champagne of this caliber.

As I have previously mentioned in the earlier offer, this Champagne is from a very unique Grower Champagne House, or Récoltant Manipulant, that oversees every aspect of growing and production down to the hand-labeling of bottles. The humble yet grand old man, Monsieur Christian Coquillette, has been making wine from his family’s vineyard since 1950. The wine caves, snaking along over 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 an incredible Champagne of 100% Chardonnay from a select 11.5 hectare Grand Cru vineyard of the Côte de Blancs, which is home to the “Roche Mère.” The Roche Mère translates to the “mother rock,” and is comprised of a massive limestone formation that extends far into the earth. In other words, this wine boasts incredible minerality from a premium site in the heart of the best Chardonnay vineyards within Champagne.  As I have said before, Saint-Chamant is consistently one of my favorite Grower Champagnes in the world and this particular wine is an absolute treat. The 2002 vintage for Champagne has proven to be a truly superb year, one of the best in the last decade. A mild spring, warm steady summer, followed by a dry and sunny fall evolved into a Champagne with excellent acidity, perfect ripeness and alcohol levels, which equates to high concentration of flavor with freshness brought by bright acidity. With twelve years of age, this Champagne is already simply sublime but it will also hold for another ten years if you care to age it.  

The 2002 Saint-Chamant Champagne has a straw yellow core with delicate, persistent beading, offers incredible aromatics of dried lemon, yellow apples, freshly-baked brioche, honeysuckle lots of creaminess—thanks to the lees contact. The palate is round and supple with notes of dried pineapple, lemon zest, fresh yellow apple and a hint of nuttiness that unfolds into a mineral-driven, crisp finish. This wine should be enjoyed at 50-55 degrees in an all-purpose glass, or large open Champagne stem poured half way, to allow the aromatics to truly shine. The quantity of this select Grower Champagne is incredibly limited. So seize the opportunity while it lasts. Pair with one of my all time favorite starters, Salmon and Caviar Blini.

“This is one of the best Grower Champagnes in France.”

SommSelect: Champagne Saint-Chamant, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay, Épernay, Champagne, France 2002 - SommSelect

Country France
Region Champagne
Sub-Region Côtes de Blancs
Varietal 100% Chardonnay
Production n/a
Alcohol 12%
Oak Neutral Oak
Soil Limestone and Chalk
Farming Sustainable