• Forest Marie 2008 Premier Cru But Champagne

The nose shows ample cream, brioche, golden apple, marzipan, hazelnut and pineapple. The palate is full and present with golden apple, toast, cream upside down pineapple cake all kept in check by steely minerality to finish. Try this broad shouldered Champagne with an equally show-stopping dish: Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Wellington.

From the tiny village of Trigny and Forest-Marie . The families that came together to form the modern Forest-Marie can trace their lineage back nine generations to a deed from 1746 when the Forest family joined the landowning class. Over the intervening generations, little by little, the family kept buying land. For this generation, when Thierry Forest married Gracianne Marie, they combined their land holdings into 86 plots across the villages of Trigny (formerly his) and Ecueil (formerly hers.)

Their vines are planted to roughly a third of each of the most common Champagne varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Boring to say, but Gracianne and Thierry are dedicated mulchers. They have spread mulch over their vineyards to promote biodiversity and lower the rate of tilling for over 35 years. The tenth generation of the family Louis Forest has completed his studies and has launched his own label with a focus on single site bottlings. Suffice it to say that the tradition of Champagne making will continue for years to come. With a total annual production of 6,700 cases, they are much smaller than Billecart’s 100,000 cases.

The Forest-Marie Vintage 2008 is made up of a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The level of specificity that we can say about this wine gives us a chance to geek out; if you are not interested in the production side of things, skip the next bracketed italicized section. [ This comes entirely from two south facing parcels Chaillots & Mont des Chrétiens of calcareous soils that have an average vine age of 67-80 years. The grapes were hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel for 20-30 days with spontaneous and cultured yeasts, malolactic was allowed to happen. After fermentation was finished, the wine was aged for 8 months with 29 mg/L of sulfur before being bottled under crown cap on March 23, 2009. This bottle was disgorged to order on August 1, 2019 and finished with a dosage of 6.85 grams per liter and a total alcohol of 12.15% ABV. ] We are so very happy to be able to bring to you this recently disgorged, long aged Champagne from the heralded 2008 vintage, with a total lees time of 124 months!  Michael Kennel, D&M

Forest Marie 2008 Premier Cru But Champagne

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