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Champagne Étienne Calsac L'Echappée Belle Blanc de Blancstext
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Champagne Étienne Calsac L'Echappée Belle Blanc de Blancs NV

Champagne, FranceAfter taking over his grandparents' 2.8 hectares scattered in small plots around Avize, Etienne began the transition to organic viticulture, working the vines by hand, plow and horse. This cuvée is from predominantly premier cru villages in the Grauves, in the Côte des Blancs, from 30+ year old vines, aged on lees for 7 months before bottling with 30% reserve wines, followed by 36 months in bottle. It was bottled with 2 g/L dosage. Classic Avize, with its profound yet precise structure. Deep chalk bases meyer lemon, green apple, chilled with a grippy, saline framework along the nimble, crispy meringue palate. There's a lovely balance between delicacy and depth here, making for beautiful drinking now, but with time to build in your cellar also. One to watch.Tasted: 29 March 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 89.00 consignment Producer: Champagne Étienne CalsacGrape: Chardonnay