Grower Champagne Club – March 2018

Perseval-Farge, Cuvée de Pinots, NV, $53
Perseval-Farge is a small, four-hectare estate based in the Premier Cru village of Chamery, in the northern part of the Montagne de Reims. They have been in the village since the 18th century and today Benoist and Isabelle Perseval are carrying on the family tradition. They farm sustainably and strive to work with minimal impact on the environment so as to preserve the land for future generations. Benoist has worked hard to minimize the use of sulfur in his winemaking and his levels are less than half the normal amount in the region. Their vineyard holdings, planted about half to Pinot Noir, 35% to Chardonnay, and 15% to Pinot Meunier, are unusual for Champagne in that they are mostly in one single parcel, with calcareous-clay soils on the higher part of the slope and sandy-clay soils lower down. (They also grow a small amount of the much less common Champagne grapes, Arbanne, Petit Meslier, and Fromenteau, or Pinot Gris.) Their “Cuvée de Pinots” is 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Pinot Meunier, vinified 75% in stainless steel and 25% in neutral barrel. It is typically a blend of three vintages (this one comes from 2005, 2006, and 2007) and about a third of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. They age it for 48 months in their cellar before disgorgement. The result is an elegant, complex, medium-bodied Champagne with beautifully layered flavors and aromas of brioche and stone fruit and a long, lingering finish. It is delightful on its own, or you could pair its rich flavors with savory appetizers or with salmon or shellfish. Enjoy through 2025.