NV Claude Genet Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru, Chouilly, Champagne, France (750ml)
in Chouilly (southeast of Epernay), the village that marks the beginning of the Côte des
Blancs. The producers here are not limited to producing Blanc de Blancs Champagne since
there are both Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown in certain areas of Chouilly. In fact,
many of the houses, including Claude Genet, produce exceptional Rosé Champagnes of
notable quality. The estate consists of 6 hectares of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards,
the majority of which are sold to some of the big Champagne houses in the area. Winemak-
er Charles Genet (Claude’s youngest son) is at the helm today, but is limited to a scant 1.5
hectares of fruit for the production of the domaine wines.
100% Chardonnay. The grapes were pneumatically pressed at low pressure and the juice
was transferred to stainless-steel vats for vinification. Ater the primary fermentation, the
wine was let to age in dierent stainless-steel tanks for between 6 and 8 months before
being bottled and capped. Everything was done according to the Méthode Champenoise
from there on. Dosage: 11 g/L. The non-vintage Blanc de Blancs blend is typically the base
vintage with smaller amounts of 2-3 vintages of reserve wine. The current release however
is not multi-vintage, but entirely from the 2015 vintage.
Pale golden yellow. Fresh aromatics, with scents of green apple, lemon, buttered toast and
wet stone. The palate is vibrant, clean and focused with a fine, persistent bead. Bright
flavors of green apple, lemon mousse, and toasted hazelnut. The finish is long and elegant
with a graceful minerality.