Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc. This "Grower Champagne" the La Grace d’Alphael Extra Brut NV is made up of Grand Cru Chardonnay from the towns of Avize (38%), Les Mesnil sur Oger (33%), Oger (19%), and Cramant (10%). It is mostly from the 2015 harvest with 37% reserve wine. The bottle was aged on its lees for 28 months and finished with 4 grams of dosage. The nose of this cuvee has a sense of stoutness and umami about it with aromas of wet river stones and raw nuts, citrus and nutmeg. The palate does indeed have presence and a texture to it with minerality being the main driving force with additional flavors of nut, spice and lemon oil. Eat like it is 1999, and try this with Café Boulud's Blanquette de Veau .
The wife and husband dynamic duo that make up Champagne Glavier (Véronique & Philippe) can trace their wine growing lineage back 12 generations, but the Glavier concern began quite recently in 1995. The story goes that Véronique grew up destined for the world of Business and certain of one thing: she would never marry a winegrower. That changed when she met an ambitious enology student on a ski trip in 1993. She decided that maybe the life of the vine wouldn’t be that bad after all, and would certainly allow for putting her business degree to use. The young couple began by operating out of Véronique’s family cellar, before they were able to construct their own. While their cellar is in Cramant, most of their holdings are in the other Grand Cru villages in the Côte des Blancs. All told they own 11 acres, mostly in Les Mesnil sur Oger with additional parcels in Avize (Philippe’s home town), Oger, and Cramant. This is quite an accomplishment in the span of two decades where most producers mark time on a generational scale. One of the things that drew us to this wine was its presence. Other writers have used wiggle words like ‘sturdy’, ‘solid’ and ‘strong’ (Terry Thiesse), but for us we enjoy both the weight and harmony of this cuvee. Michael Kennel, D&M Wine Buyer
Philippe Glavier La Grace D'Alphael Extra Brut Champagne
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