Grower Champagne Club – February 2018

Vazart-Coquart & Fils, Brut Grand Bouquet, 2010, $60
There are only 17 Grand Cru communes in Champagne and Chouilly, in the Côtes des Blancs where this producer is based, is one of them. It is the most northerly of the of the Côtes des Blancs communes, just southeast of Epernay. Camille Vazart grew grapes here in the late 19th century but it was his son Jacques who first made the move to become an independent grower producer, beginning in 1954. Today the estate is headed by Jacques’ son Jean-Pierre. He has 11 hectares of vines, all in Chouilly, with parcels in most of the best sections of the commune. Chouilly is known for producing Champagnes with soft, approachable minerality and Vazart-Coquart’s house style leans towards richer, fuller wines. They have produced their Grand Bouquet, a single vintage cuvée, since the 1950s. It is always sourced from a selection of their best parcels, with each parcel vinified separately in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Their aim is to highlight the mineral delicacy and floral fruit that is the hallmark of Chouilly. The Grand Bouquet goes through 100% malolactic fermentation and is aged five years on its lees before release. It has inviting aromas of biscuit and toast and fresh, nuanced flavors of crisp apple and citrus. With a lovely creamy texture and terroir-driven character. Enjoy it with shellfish, salmon, scallops (Coquille St. Jacques), or goat cheese.