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Champagne Étienne Calsac Les Rocheforts 1er Cru Blanc de Blancstext

Champagne Étienne Calsac Les Rocheforts 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs NV

Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, FranceLes Rocheforts translates to the strong rocks, referring to the single vineyard 1er cru in Bisseuil on pure chalk, next door to the Vallée de la Marne GC Tours-sur-Marne. Etienne created a perpetual reserve in 2012 just for this chardonnay, off vines planted in the mid 1980's. This was fermented in stainless, and then aged in a mix of tank and barrel (15%) on lees for 7 months prior to bottling. 25-30% of reserve wine is included, and the whole spends 18-24 months in bottle before disgorge, this bottle July 2022. Crushed stones, burnished lemon, red apple, dried apricot, late summer blossoms roll through a savoury, oxidatively kissed palate. Quite distinct, this will have its fans and foes.Tasted: 29 November 2023Tasted by: Prices:
Producer: Champagne Étienne CalsacDistributors: Halpern
Grape: Chardonnay