Grower Champagne Club – August 2022

Pierre Cellier, Prestige Rosé, $66

We have featured Champagnes from Philippe Gonet in the club in the past.    

So you may recall that Philippe founded his estate in 1830 and today is based in the Côte des Blancs village of Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger. Philippe has since passed away and today his son Pierre and daughter Chantal represent the seventh generation of the family to oversee the property. They have 19 hectares of vines planted in 11 different villages, one third of which is in the iconic village of Le Mesnil. While they are technically a negociant (hence the NM designation on the label), they are a large family grower and the vast majority of their Champagnes come from their own estate-grown fruit.

Philippe Gonet created the Pierre Cellier line of Champagnes back in the 1970s for a restaurateur friend of his in Paris. The label combines the name of his son, Pierre, with his wife’s maiden name, Cellier. Pierre’s namesake Rosé is a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, with the Chard sourced from chalky limestone vineyards in the Côtes des Blancs, and the Pinot Noir from the Premier Cru village of Vertus (also in the Côte des Blancs), where the family was originally based in the 1800s. The Pinot is made into a still wine that is blended into the Chard after fermentation is complete and the wine spends 24 months on the lees in bottle. It is a fresh, expressive Champagne with notes of brioche, hints of red fruit, and an underlying crushed rock minerality. They suggest pairing it with lobster or other shellfish, fried chicken, or even tender red meat dishes.