Champagne Guy Charlemagne Cuvee Charlemagne "Les Coulmets" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2012
The fine stream of steady pearls offer up a complex bouquet where dried fruit (raisins and figs)mix with candied fruit (oranges, pineapple and angelica) with a hint of its mineral origins. The palate is fine, extremely elegant and mineral and spicy, blond tobacco. The finish is fresh, citrus and mineral with hints of grapefruit zestiness. Another wonderful aperitif from this house but also a great partner to Parma ham and hazelnuts or even for Foie Gras for those that still eat it. We tasted the 2010 vintage just after this one and it just served to remind us how much more complexity will be derived from a couple of years in a cellar.
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Classic Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Drink With: Parma ham with hazelnuts.
This single vineyard Champagne comes from the plot of Les Coulmets in Le Mesnil sur Oger where the 45 year old vines produce fruit of the finest quality. Produced in only the finest vintages and solely from Chardonnay grapes, it is made only from the juice of the first pressing (the finest juice) and is vilified in stainless steel tanks only.
After remaining in the cellar to mature for three to four years it is given only a light dosage of 6 grams of sugar and the resulting vintage Champagne shows extreme finesse. Champagne lovers who are in search of perfection will truly appreciate this wine.