Grower Champagne Club – May 2016

Jacques Copinet, Cuvée Marie Etienne Blanc de Blancs 2006, $53
The Côte de Sézanne lies south of the Côte des Blancs, almost like an extension of that region. Like its neighbor to the north, the soil here is mostly cretaceous chalk and Chardonnay is the predominant grape, although about 30% is planted to Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Jacques and Brigette Copinet founded their Champagne estate here in 1975, in the tiny village of Montgenost. They use no pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards which are spread throughout a number of villages, including several in the Marne Valley. And although their holdings include plantings of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this wine, like the 2004 vintage which we featured back in February, 2014, is 100% Chardonnay sourced from chalky vineyard sites. Though a warm year, 2006 has proven to be a lovely vintage in Champagne and this offering is fresh and clean, with pretty floral aromas and hints of nuttiness and toast. With its perfect balance and complex structure, it would be delightful on its own, or paired with a special meal, especially with lighter fish dishes or crustaceans. Also like the 2004 vintage, this one is $53—an amazing value for a vintage grower Champagne from an excellent producer. They made only 500 cases. Enjoy it anytime through 2018.