Saturday Tasting: December 19th

We love this time of year!  When everyone is celebrating the holidays, and drinking lots of Champagne.  This Saturday we wanted to showcase a few Champagnes from our selection that are under $50.  These wines are great for parties or to assist in your gift giving.

Champagne is a dry, sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of northern France.  The three grape varieties that are allowed in Champagne are: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.  The process of making Champagne is somewhat of a complicated process involving a secondary fermentation in the bottle.  This process is also used by many sparkling wine producers all over the world, however they are not allowed to call the “sparkling wine” Champagne because Champagne is protected by the EU.

Trouillard “Extra Sélection” Brut  $36

The Trouillard family has been part of the Champagne business in Epernay since the 19th century with Lucien Trouillard, the founder, showing an interest in Champagne at an early age.  He produced his first bottle in 1896.  He passed away in 1966, and his two sons took over the operation, followed by his grandsons.  This wine is selected from 15 different vineyards located in the Marne Valley, Aube, and the small mountain of Reims.  It is made from 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay.  This wine is fresh, creamy, with notes of hazelnuts and almonds.

Drappier “Carte d’Or” Brut  $42

Drappier is located in Urville which is where Pinot Noir is king.  This wine is made up of 75%, Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier. The vineyards cover about 100 hectares.  The family has been making wine and purchasing land in the Champagne region since 1808.  They have used their expertise and skills over the years to purchase several parcels of land which are particularly well exposed and extremely rich in limestone.  This wine has aromas of stone fruit, with hints of spice and a very powerful and complex palate.

Gobillard “Tradition” Brut  $36

Gobillard is a family owned and operated house located in the heart of the Champagne region, only about five kilometers from Epernay.  The family prides itself on coming from the terroir and not on glitzy grand marque.  The estate now owns 26 hectares of vines, many of which are premier cru vineyards.  Grapes from another 85 hectares are also vinified, with growers selected for their expertise and quality.  This wine is made up of majority Chardonnay, with about 33% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  The wine has soft acidity and notes of ripe apple.