NV Brut Baron De Marck Champagne
Tasting Note: Stylish Blanc de Blancs, or pure Chardonnay, Champagne, with notes of apples and lemons and an uplifting waft of freshly baked brioche.
Food Matching: This is a champagne characterised by its purity of fruit and hint of brioche complexity which makes it a classic drink on its own for apéritif, with canapés, or with light fish dishes.
Vineyard: Produced by the family champagne house of JM Gobillard et Fils who cultivate about 25 hectares of vines per year around the commune of Hautvillers.
Vinification: The grapes are pressed very gently and varieties are vinified separately off the skins to produce a low alcohol dry white wine which is racked and allowed to mature in tank until the spring. The lots are then blended together, using some reserve wines from earlier fine vintages. The resulting wine is then bottled with special "flocculent" yeasts and sugars and is refermented under a crown cork. There follows a period of ageing, when the yeasts flavour the wine and give it characteristic brioche aromas. Gobillard then opens the bottles ("dégorgement"), removing the yeast in the process, adds a dosage of grape sugars, inserts the characteristic mushroom cork, and ships the wine.
Awards and Press News: ‘Rounded, citrus and creamy, with a nice brioche feel,’ said team leader Martin Lam, while Daniel Jonberger of Rockliffe Hall described notes of ‘green apples and lime, leading to a dry palate, with fresh pear notes.' Silver Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards 2019