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Champagne Augustin Cuvée CXVI Blanc de Blancs Sans Soufre
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Champagne Augustin Cuvée CXVI Blanc de Blancs Sans Soufre 2014

Champagne, FranceBased in the village of Avenay Val d’Or in the South-East corner of Montagne de Reims, Marc and Emmanuelle Augustin own and biodynamically farm 23.5 acres on two prestigious terroirs: Avenay Val d’Or, Montagne de Reims Premier Cru; and Vertus, Cote des Blancs Premier Cru. Together the couple forms a powerful Champagne duo: Marc is 4th generation vigneron and winemaker, and Emmanuelle's wine lineage spans 5 generations. All of their wines are vintage (even when NV declared). This cuvée is without any sulphur, which is evident, as this is quite natty and raw, with oxidized fruit covering lemon, apple, and light toast. There is some nice freshness, but it swings towards mouse on the finish, unfortunately. Sulphur would have come in very handy here.Tasted: 14 November 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 125.00 BCLS Producer: Champagne AugustinGrape: ChardonnayUPC: 098473