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Champagne J.L. Vergnon Eloquence Extra Brut Grand Cru

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750ML / 12% ABV
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JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck

The NV Champagne Grand Cru Eloquence Extra Brut is 80% from the 2017 vintage with the remainder reserve wines. It has a toastier feel aromatically, with smoke, pastry cream, and ripe pear. The palate is zippy, with lime, and I enjoy the tension this wine provides. With chalky texture and a fine mousse, it feels more energetic in its application. Drink over the next 15 or more years. Best after 2022.

JS 90
James Suckling

Beginning to show a touch of maturity, this is a mouth-filling but well-balanced Blanc de Blancs with plenty of candied-apple, lemon, pie-crust and chalky character. Long, cool and crisp finish that’s slightly chewy. Drink now.

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Champagne J.L. Vergnon

Champagne J.L. Vergnon

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Champagne J.L. Vergnon, France
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In the heart of the chalk wonderland that is Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Didier Vergnon and his son Clement are the 4th and 5th generations to lead this small 5 hectare estate. Founded in 1950, it was in 1985 that Jean-Louis Vergnon first began producing estate-bottled wine from some of their choice sites, including multiple Grand Cru parcels in and next to the legendary Les Chetillons. Over the last 15 years this family property has truly emerged as one of the elite properties in the Côte des Blancs. It was in the early 1980’s that Didier’s father had the foresight and began the push to harvest only balanced and ripe grapes, with up to 11 degrees of natural potential alcohol or more. This allowed the family to completely eliminate chaptalization, block malolactic fermentation, and use a generally very low dosage across the range. Most of the wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks and aged for a minimum of 36 months on the lees, with most aging for much longer before release. Tasting through the remarkable range of Didier’s wines, there exists the classic virile qualities of Le Mesnil that has made this village so famous and lauded around the world. However, they also possess their own unique personality that come from the singular vision of the Vergnon family to push for high quality fruit at harvest and minimal intervention in the cellar. It is this combination of exceptional terroir and inspired winemaking vision that has caught the attention of the world’s Champagne enthusiasts. This family tradition has been further strengthened by Clement and Didier partnering with the young and talented enologist Julian Goût. With stints working alongside Anselme Selosse and Taittinger among others, Julian is the perfect person to continue the Vergnon tradition, so expertly carried out by Christophe Constant during his tenure.
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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.

There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.

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