2012 Champagne Penet-Chardonnet, La Croix l'Aumonier, Blanc de Noirs, Grand Cru, Verzy, Extra Brut

2012 Champagne Penet-Chardonnet, La Croix l'Aumonier, Blanc de Noirs, Grand Cru, Verzy, Extra Brut

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2012 Champagne Penet-Chardonnet, La Croix l'Aumonier, Blanc de Noirs, Grand Cru, Verzy, Extra Brut

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Champagne Penet-Charonndet’s 2012 vintage of the La Croix l’Aumonier Blanc de Noirs boasts huge richness on the palate, while retaining tension and firm minerality. Grapes are sourced from a single old-vine plot of Pinot Noir, located on the south-east facing slopes of Verzy, that yield just a few thousand bottles a year. The wine spent time in large oak barrels that have given a soft gloss to the fine mousse, alongside noticeable spiced notes.

Drink 2023 - 2040

Davy Żyw, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (September 2022)

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20

100% 36-year-old Pinot Noir vines on a gentle slope at 110 m in Verzy. Disgorged 20 October 2020 with dosage of 5.6 g/l. No malo. Not yet released at the time of tasting

It's still quite aggressively fizzy but very obviously with an oak element. Still very youthful, with rich Pinot perfume battling the low dosage. Work in progress but with interesting, self-confident elements.

Drink 2022 - 2027

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (February 2023)

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About this WINE

Champagne Penet-Chardonnet

Champagne Penet-Chardonnet

Champagne Penet-Chardonnet has 400 years of winemaking history behind it. The estate spans six hectares, spread over 30 small plots across Verzy and Verzenay in the Montagne de Reims.

Located in the north-eastern extremity of the region, this land is 100% Grand Cru, and is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in all of Champagne. The Penet family farms their estate with the utmost care for nature, using sustainable and organic methods.

The estate is now run by fourth generation winemaker Alexandre Penet and his wife Martine, who have redefined the house style since taking over in 2009. Alexandre vinifies all crus separately, bottling the best sites as single lieu dits. These wines are set to become some of the most desired in the region: detail, expressive and made with precision, they are totally distinctive in personality.

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Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs describes a wine produced entirely from black grapes. In Champagne, Blanc de Noirs cuvée can be made from the two black grapes permitted within the appellation, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Bollinger's prestige cuvée Vieilles Vignes Françaises, from ungrafted, old Pinot Noir vines, has set the yardstick in a style that is now produced by a number of other Champagne houses.

A typical Blanc de Noirs cuvée has a deep golden colour, and can be more intensely flavoured than the classic non-vintage, multi-grape blend.

Recommended Producers: Cedric Bouchard, Bollinger

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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