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Louis Forest Blanc De Noirs Extra Brut Champagne

  • Louis Forest Blanc De Noirs Extra Brut Champagne

Louis Forest Blanc De Noirs Extra Brut Champagne

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 30
  • SKU #: 11089
  • $52.99


Louis Forest Blanc De Noirs Extra Brut Champagne

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 30
  • SKU #: 11089
  • $52.99


Louis Forest Blanc De Noirs Extra Brut Champagne

Premier Cru. This shows its Pinot Noir/ Pinot Meunier character. The nose shows aromas of red and pink apples, sugar cookie dough, tree fruits, clay, ginger, and white flowers. The palate is moderate in weight with forward fruit notes balanced by oak, ginger, and clay minerality. This being the first release we are not sure how long it will age, but would not be surprised if it delivers joy for the next decade. In a throwback to our pairing recommendation with his parent’s 2008, try this broad shouldered Champagne with an equally show-stopping dish: Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Wellington. D&M Tasting Notes

In the Montagne de Reims from the tiny village of Écueil comes Louis Forest. We have previously highlighted the work of Louis’ parents under their label Forest Marie. Louis represents the 10th generation to farm and make Champagne in the flow of time. While the Forest Marie Champagnes are made in Thierry’s facility in Trigny, Louis  has chosen to produce the Champagnes in his mother’s home village of Écueil. As the importer for these wines put it to us: “I had not comprehended that they had set up an entirely new company for their son, how very French of them.” To our knowledge, this is the first time that Louis Forest’s wines have made their way to California! The downside of this new to the United States- information is a bit scant. What we can say is that these vineyards have been mulched and planted with a cover crop for over 35 years, so while Louis has not yet adopted some of the organic practices of the other bottles on offer, our understanding is that he is moving in that direction with his holdings. The bottle is Louis’ Blanc de Noirs MV. It hails from two plots in the Premier Cru village of Écueil and is made up of 50 percent each Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The Pinot Noir comes from a plot that the Marie family planted in 1970 and is called Les Blanches Vignes. The Pinot Meunier comes from Les Pains Blancs, a plot that Forest-Marie replanted in 2006. In the cellar the Pinot Noir was aged in oak barrels of various sizes while the Pinot Meunier was aged in stainless steel and Acacia wood barrels. (While increasingly popular in France in general, this is the first time we have come across this in Champagne.) This comes from primarily 2015 with a small percentage from the 2014 harvest. The fermentation was done with a typical yeast strain, and aged in the aforementioned vessels for over a year before the Champagne making process was begun. It was aged on its lees for a full 42 months before being disgorged with a minimal dosage of 4.8 grams per liter. Similar to his parents, Louis does not filter his Champagnes, and uses minimal sulfur, though we do not know the precise amount used. Michael Kennel, D&M

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