Champagne Christian Bourmault, Hermance, $60
Champagne Christian Bourmault dates back to 1865 when Ernest Bourmault, originally from the Loire Valley, moved to the Champagne region and married Hermance Roudeaux.
Her family gave them a parcel of vines in Cuis, in the Côte des Blancs, and they began winemaking in 1870. Two generations later Christian Bourmault took over from his father, and created Champagne Christian Bourmault in 1998. Today he continues to run the winery, along with his wife and son, and in addition to their vineyards in Cuis, they have a parcel in the Grand Cru village of Avize, where the house is based, as well as smaller holdings in Mareuil-le-Port, and Leuvrigny, both in in the Marne Valley. They farm organically with some biodynamic practices, and use only indigenous yeasts. Because they own vineyards in both the Côte des Blancs and the Marne Valley, Bourmault has a source for all three Champagne grapes. Their Hermance is based primarily on Pinot Noir (67%), along with 10% Pinot Meunier, both sourced from Mareuil-le-Port and Leuvrigny, along with 23% Chardonnay from their vineyard in Cuis. This bottling is mostly from the 2014 vintage and a portion of the wine is barrel fermented, with the rest done in stainless steel. It gets extended aging in their cellars and receives seven grams dosage, which, along with the cask aging, produces a richly textured Champagne with notes of orchard fruit and toasty brioche. The Pinot Meunier adds a nice touch of earthiness, dark fruit, and depth to this complex and elegant Champagne. With its balancing acidity and focus, and fresh, lively bubbles, it is a perfect Champagne to enjoy anytime, especially with shellfish or richer seafood dishes.