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Champagne Charlier & Fils Spécial Clubtext

Champagne Charlier & Fils Spécial Club 2008

Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, FranceThe Perrin family runs Champagne Charlier & Fils, one of the last houses to maintain the tradition of using large foudres de chêne from Alsace and Germany for base fermentation, with full MLF. This year's blend is 70% chardonnay and 15% each of pinot noir and pinot meunier, with 5 g/L, and vineyards in Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite. Their style suits this lengthy aging, with the cushion of foudre ferment up with ample time on lees (this was disgorged in early 2022). Sweet brioche, yeasted dough, caramelized hazelnuts, dried apricots, and baked lemon fill an expansive palate, sculpted with citrus pith and peel to sharpen the finish. This falls apart quickly, so enjoy it once opened (ideally with richer patés or dishes) and don't let it linger.Tasted: 26 August 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
France$42.00750mlFrance (euros)
Producer: Champagne Charlier & FilsBlend: Chardonnay - Pinot Noir - Pinot Meunier