Grower Champagne Club – March 2011

NV Camille Savès, Carte Blanche
Camille Savès dates back to 1894, when Eugène Savès began bottling Champagne in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy, in the Montagne de Reims region. He was succeeded by his son Louis and grandson Camille and today, Camille’s son Hervé is in charge of the estate. They own six hectares in Bouzy, from which they produce their top cuvées. They also own two hectares in Ambonnay, one in Tours-sur-Marne, and one in Tauxières. It is from these nearby holdings that Savès makes this non-vintage Premier Cru Carte Blanche, using 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. A hallmark of Savès Champagne is their avoidance of malolactic fermentation (a process that softens the wines by converting the tart malic acid to creamier lactic acid). This helps preserve the freshness and bring out the bright fruit flavors of the wine. It also allows the wines to more fully express the local chalky terroir, which contributes to their sleek, harmonious structure. Prolonged lees aging adds further richness and depth. The Carte Blanche has an enticing nutty aroma and flavors of marzipan and plum, backed by lively bubbles. It is $52 and would be perfect to start a memorable meal with, or to enjoy on any occasion.