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J Vignier Blanc De Blancs Extra Brut Champagne

  • J Vignier Blanc De Blancs Extra Brut Champagne

J Vignier Blanc De Blancs Extra Brut Champagne

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 16
  • SKU #: 9617
  • $56.99


J Vignier Blanc De Blancs Extra Brut Champagne

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 16
  • SKU #: 9617
  • $56.99


J Vignier Blanc De Blancs Extra Brut Champagne

Aux Origines. The nose shows light tree fruits of apple and pear, mustard flower, just-there triscuit and a seam of wet white stone minerality. The palate is light with a stony minerality running though flavors of yellow plum, pear and apple. This will age for at least the next decade. This bottling comes from 85% 2014 and 15% 2015, and after being fermented in stainless steel. It was allowed to go through malolactic conversion, then laid down on its lees for 40 months before being disgorged in the summer of 2019 with a dosage of 5 grams per liter of sugar cane. D&M Tasting Notes

Often when we research the histories of these small growers in Champagne, the weight of family tradition tends to make itself known--that the current generation has to carry on, as two or thirteen generations have done before. The Vigner family can certainly attest to longevity with ten generations in Champagne proper and six generations in the Cote des Blancs village of Cramant. More recent generations, such as in the case of Nathalie Vignier, have paved a new path. Her grandfather Paul LeBrun decided in the 1930s to break with the Houses and become an independent vigneron. Nathalie recalls that one of her first words as a child was ‘crane,’ watching her father work to expand the cellars of Paul LeBrun. Nathalie herself took some time away from the family holdings to work as a Chief Agriculture Expert for an Insurance company in London and Germany before returning to the land her family has nurtured for generations. The Vignier family is unique in that all of their 40 acres of holdings are Chardonnay-- mostly from the Côte des Blancs with some from the Côte de Sézanne.

Nathalie’s father Jean told her that there are “hidden treasures” in the Vignier-LeBrun holdings and when she returned to the family domaine she was determined to identify those unique parcels in the larger whole. As a result, while the Paul LeBrun Champagne line continues to exist and thrive-- the whole idea behind J. Vignier is to highlight the sense of terroir and unique superior sites that are part of the family holdings. Nathalie is joined in this journey by family friend Sebastian Nickel. Sebastian is from Germany and pivoted from a major in Biology and the European equivalent of the USDA to oenology and winemaking. (It was Nathalie’s grandfather who befriended Sebastian’s great uncle when the latter was a German Prisoner of War during WWII.) Since 2007 they have been sussing out and drilling down on the parcels that produce distinctive and delicious Blanc de Blancs. The farming here is done without the use of herbicides and pesticides. They plow their parcels and encourage the growth of groundcover and flowers between the rows. This encourages more life in the soils and as Nathalie and Sebastian say, “a superior wine.” This cuvee is their Aux Origines which roughly translates to “where it all began.” This is from the Les Simarts vineyard in Barbonne-Fayel roughly 50 miles south of Epernay. The vineyard was planted with cuttings from their vineyards in Cramant by Nathalie’s grandparents Marie-Louise and Paul in the 1960s. Soon after, the Côteaux Sézannais was admitted into the Champagne region. (The soils here are Flint over Chalk-- terrible for plows but great for Chardonnay.) Michael Kennel, D&M





 

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