Champagne Day: Coessens “Largillier” Blanc de Noirs Brut

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It’s been a while since the last Champagne day. I had this wine for New Year’s, brought back from Lyon, France, where it was recommended to me by the fantastic staff at Georges Five.

The Coessen family owns the entire Largillier vineyard, located in the Cotes des Bar (the largely maligned and forgotten region in south eastern Champagne), and dedicate their production entirely to Pinot Noir. The 35 year old vines are planted in clay-calcerous soils and with southern slope exposure. This wine is whole cluster pressed and fermented in tank. It sees extended lees aging and very low dosage.

This is miniscule grower stuff. It is crazy wine. It has the purity of fruit like Cedric Bouchard and a hell of a lot of extract and weight with no obvious oak influence. It is one of the most delicious Champagnes I tasted last year and proof that we are only drinking the tip of the grower Champagne iceberg here in North America. Find it, buy it, drink it.

Excellent to Excellent+
35 Euro in Lyon

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