GROWER CHAMPAGNE CLUB

JUNE 2021

PINOT DOMINANT BLENDS WITH OPPOSING EXPRESSIONS 

 

Pinot based wine from Ambonnay carries with it about as strong a reputation as there is possible in Champagne. If single vineyard bottlings from Krug, Marguet, Jacques Selosses and Egly-Ouriet are the hot tickets, the Aube is truly the other side of the Champagne tracks. It is as remote as it can get – roughly 80 miles way down south of the bigwigs in the Marne – often literally left off of the map and out of the conversation. In fact, the Aube is much closer to Chablis and shares its famous Kimmeridgian and Portlandian soils of limestone, clay and tiny fossilized seashells. 

 

A hundred years ago the big guys tried to vote the Aube out of the Champagne appellation, but after years of violent protests they compromised by reserving the elite status of premier and grand cru exclusively for the Marne. This dispute is even more bitter considering the quiet little unknown secret that the Aube supplies much of the North with vast supplies of grapes. 

 

This month we present two stellar Champagnes made from similar varietal blends but with very different results. One Aube, one Ambonnay, their individual styles are not solely dependent on their local terroir nor market expectations. Instead they are fabulous and unique creations that express the range of the growers healthy fruit as well as their individual thumbprints in the cellar.

 

– Kevin Wardell, June 2021

 

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RÉMI LEROY
BRUT NATURE

PINOT NOIR
+ CHARDONNAY
Aube, Champagne, France NV

ANDRE BEAUFORT
BRUT RESERVE

PINOT NOIR
+ CHARDONNAY
Ambonnay, Champagne NV
WINE SMARTS.

WINE SMARTS.

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