Members Case No 3 - August 2019

Members Case No 3 - August 2019

The August edition of the ChampagneHub members case is again a trip from north to south to 3 houses deeply rooted around Family where the younger generation is taking over. Champagnes from 3 different areas, yet with a remarkably similar style, but widely different personality.

Champagne L&S Cheurlin

About the Grower

One could call Lucie and Sébastian true artists of their craft. Winemaking is in these talented siblings' blood. They honour their roots by producing traditional, elegant Champagne while keeping an eye toward the future. The duo employed agriculture raisonnée or reasoned agriculture, a form of sustainable farming, in their vineyard plots before making the switch to fully organic in 2018. Their 5 hectares are planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a soupçon of Pinot Blanc, located in the thrilling Côte des Bar where Pinot Noir reigns king.

The soils in Cheurlin's vineyards consist of chalky limestone and clay. Pinot noir performs fantastically well in chalky clay soils. These soils lend structure to the Pinot, an essential component of any world-class wine. The lifted florals of the limestone-grown Chardonnay lifts the nose and palate of their cuvées, particularly shining in their gorgeous blanc de blancs.

Beyond the quality and purity of their wines, L&S Cheurlin is known for hand-riddling their bottles, a traditional practice that some experts argue lends itself to better Champagne. Extra touches like this married with a commitment to preserving the integrity and biodiversity of their vineyards and an inherited passion for crafting stellar wines make L&S Cheurlin a Champagne house every wine lover ought to know.

Annual production: 80.000 bottles

About the Champagne

Sebastien Cheurlin – Brut

Grapes: Pinot Noir 50%, Chardonnay 50%

Dosage: 9 g/L

Tasting notes: Aromas of citrus, yellow apple and white flowers. Light and fresh.

Food pairing: Aperitif, Shellfish

Champagne Roger Coulon

About the Grower

Champagne Roger Coulon has been a family affair since the house first opened its doors back in 1806. The love for the land that this grower-producer possesses is tangible. Working as a team, brother and sister, Edgar and Louise Coulon are the eighth generation in their family to make wine under the Coulon name, farming organically to help grow high-quality, grapes and producing their wines as naturally as possible. From kicking off fermentation with native yeasts to eschewing fining and filtering, their Champagnes are expressive, terroir-driven masterpieces.

Roger Coulon lies in Montagne de Reims and its vineyards holdings including plots in four of the region's top premier cru villages, Vrigny, Coulommes la Montagne, Pargny les Reims, and Villers Allerand. These vineyards are ideally situated with an eastern hillside exposure which allows grapes to ripen to perfection. The grower's old vines, which range from 60 to 82 years old, grow in limestone, Sparnacian clay, and Thanetian sand soils. Each soil type imparts a unique character to the grapes, allowing the Coulons to create incredibly nuanced wines with layer after layer of complexity.

Each parcel and individual grape variety is vinified separately with the harvest's traits dictating what winemaking decisions will bring out the best in the wines. Edgar and Louise opt for long periods of ageing sur lie for their various cuvées, lending a generous texture to their crisp, vibrant wines.

There are two lines produced by Champagne Roger Coulon, 'Référence' and 'Empreinte'. Référence features their more traditional cuvées while Empreinte boasts their ultra-terroir-focused Champagnes inspired by nature.

Annual production: 30.000 bottles

About the Champagne

L’Homée Premier Cru – Extra Brut

Terroir: Vrigny, Coulommes la Montagne, Pargny les Reims

Grapes: Pinot Meunier 40%, Chardonnay 40%, Pinot Noir 20%

Dosage: 3g/L

Tasting notes: Notes of yellow apples, butter and brioche. Elegant and well-balanced with good mineral notes.

Food pairing: Fish, Poultry, Veal

Champagne Pascal Mazet

About the Grower

Nestled in premier cru village Chigny-les-Roses in the heart of Montagne de Reims, Champagne Pascal Mazet is a grower-producer who crafts exquisite organically farmed Champagne. Their sustainable approach and careful attention to detail in the vineyard yields wonderfully healthy Chardonnay and Pinots Noir, Blanc, and Meunier, that perfectly capture the region's exceptional terroir. The latter grape does especially well in Chigny-les-Roses, so it's no surprise that many of this house's superlative cuvées lead with Pinot Meunier.

The vineyards are spread over 2 hectares and feature a significant number of older vines planted in limestone and clay, the perfect foundations for high-quality Champagne with bright acidity and classic flavours. Chardonnay, in particular, thrives in limestone which imparts the characteristic chalky minerality that washes over your palate when you sip a glass of Champagne. Yields are lower here, ensuring intensely concentrated flavours and lovely, harmonious wines.

Champagne Pascal Mazet first came to life in 1981 when newly-weds Pascal and Catherine began their quest to produce artisan grower-producer Champagne. Just last year their son Oliver took up the reins as vineyard manager and winemaker at the property where he continues to craft long-lived wines which perfectly capture that lively minerality we associate with fine Champagne.

Annual production: 13.000-15.000 bottles

About the Champagne

Originel Premier Cru – Brut

Grapes: 35% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay

Dosage: 7g/L

Tasting notes: Mirabelle, almonds and apricot. Round and fruity.

Food pairing: Fish, Poultry

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