Grower Champagne Club – October 2020

NV Marie Copinet, Cuvée Alexandrine, Blanc de Blancs, $49.75
We have featured several Champagnes from Jacques Copinet in this club in the past—both of them different vintages of his Cuvée Marie Etienne. Since then, the estate has passed into the hands of his daughter Marie-Laure and her husband Alexandre who is now the cellermaster. The winery remains definitely a family affair. The house was founded by Jacques and Brigette Copinet in 1975, in the tiny village of Montgenost in the Côte de Sézanne, which lies to the south of the Côte des Blancs almost like an extension of that region. Like its neighbor to the north, the soil in the Côte de Sézanne is mostly cretaceous chalk, and Chardonnay is the predominant grape grown, although about 30% is planted to Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Copinet uses no pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards which are spread throughout a number of villages, including several in the Marne Valley. Their Cuvée Alexandrine, named for Alexander’s grandmother, is 100% Chardonnay from 40-year-old vines grown on the chalky slopes of Montgenost. The wine is aged a minimum of ten months on the lees in large barrels, and at least 36 months in the bottle. Alexandrine is blended from three different vintages, in this case, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The winery notes: one lends structure, one finesse, and one freshness. It is a complex and elegant Champagne, with a rich, creamy texture, fine, persistent bubbles and fresh, balancing acidity. With its lovely aromas of citrus, almonds, and stone fruit, and toasty notes of brioche, it is delicious on its own, or paired with shellfish.