2004 Champagne René Geoffroy, Extra Brut

2004 Champagne René Geoffroy, Extra Brut

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2004 Champagne René Geoffroy, Extra Brut

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This outstanding Champagne makes you realise just how good 2004 was in the region, especially for Chardonnay. With only 2 grams of sugar, and 7.5 years of lees ageing, this has not been put through malolactic fermentation and therefore retains all the natural exuberance of these mature vines (70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir). Mirabelle plum, peach, nectarine and praline all vie for attention, with more evolved notes of dried fruit and grilled almond complementing the inherent natural ripeness and an harmonious, powerful finish inciting a celebratory frame of mind
Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
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Champagne Rene Geoffroy

Champagne Rene Geoffroy

Cumières, in the Vallée de la Marne, is just down the road from Dom Pérignon’s Abbey at Hautvillers. The village is famous for its stylish Pinot Noir-dominated Champagnes, made to perfection by the Geoffroy family for five generations.

Jean Baptise is certainly busy; he has just bought and redesigned a gravity-fed winery in Ay and is constantly looking to perfect his craft. We think he’s pretty close already; tasting chez lui was a real pleasure, the atmosphere enlivened by the constant appearance and disappearance of some or all of his five young daughters. His enthusiasm and energy are boundless, his champagne wines uniformly superb.

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Brut Champagne

Brut Champagne

Brut denotes a dry style of Champagne (less than 15 grams per litre). Most Champagne is non-vintage, produced from a blend from different years. The non-vintage blend is always based predominately on wines made from the current harvest, enriched with aged wines (their proportion and age varies by brand) from earlier harvests, which impart an additional level of complexity to the end wine. Champagnes from a single vintage are labelled with the year reference and with the description Millésimé.

Non-vintage Champagnes can improve with short-term ageing (typically two to three years), while vintages can develop over much longer periods (five to 30 years). The most exquisite and often top-priced expression of a house’s style is referred to as Prestige Cuvée. Famous examples include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon, and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Recommended Producers : Krug, Billecart Salmon, Pol Roger, Bollinger, Salon, Gosset, Pierre Péters, Ruinart


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Champagne Blend

Champagne Blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


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