Grower Champagne Club – September 2014

Camille Savès, Brut Millésime 2007
The story of this house dates back to the 1890s, when work as an agricultural engineer took Eugène Savès to Champagne. There he met and fell in love with Anaïs Jolicoeur, whose wine-growing family had been in Bouzy since the 16th century. Eugène settled in and became a producer himself, founding Champagne Eugène Savès in 1894. His grandson Camille changed the name along the way, and the house is now in the hands of great grandson Hervé, who oversees ten hectares of vineyards, mostly in the grand cru villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay, with holdings in a number of premier cru sites as well. But almost all of their Champagnes are grand cru Bouzy. Hervé eschews the use of pesticides and herbicides and strictly controls yields in order to maintain utmost quality. He vinifies his wines in enamel tank, and does not let them go through malolactic fermentation because he feels fruit from Bouzy has enough power and richness on its own and doesn’t need any addition weight. He does leave his wines on the lees for 36 to 60 months though, adding texture and complexity. Savés wines are known for their fresh minerality, depth of flavor, and amazing finesse. The Brut Millésime is their highest level Champagne, made only in exceptional years and sourced from the best cuvées of Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay (20%), all from vines over 35 years old grown in some of the best vineyard sites in Bouzy. We were able to get the last of this vintage from a distributor that has alas gone out of business and, while we’re sad to see them go, we’re thrilled to be able to put this stunning Champagne in the club this month at the reduced price of $75. With its depth of flavor, rich body, refined mousse, and mouthwatering freshness, it is a very special Champagne indeed.