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Cheurlin Thomas Le Champion Blanc de Noir

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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12% ABV
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5.0 23 Ratings
12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

An exquisite sunglow gold with amber highlights, animated with beads of fine bubbles. Subtle aroma of fresh biscuits. This splendid palate of crisp white fruit notes with a hint of brioche blend in perfect harmony with fresh and balance finish.

100% Pinot Noir harvested from north, north-west exposed soil with red clay and limestone portlandien (hard limestone with a thickness of 80m) on the right bank of the Siene, in a plot over 45 years old. Wine is matured in stainless steel tanks with tern perature control. Second fermentation is in the bottle with a minimum of 18 months aging. Pinot reflects its terrior.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Complex and refined, the Thomas Cheurlin Le Champion Blanc de Noir Champagne deftly combines earth, fruit, and leaves in its aroma and flavor delivery. The wine's frisky lemon peel finish pairs it naturally with raw, long-neck clam sashimi. (Tasted: June 13, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Cheurlin, Champagne, France
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Forged in history, time-honored traditions and their passion to uphold their family legacy, the Cheurlin family is committed to a new company vision. Since the eighteenth century, the ancestors of Richard, Alain, Thomas and Cecilia Cheurlin have been vineyard owners and wine makers. Youngest sibling Thomas Cheurlin inherited the Cheurlin brand founded by his parents. Thomas operates, harvests, and markets his parents' Champagne with a modern flair, investing in new technologies adapted to the requirements of a quality charter.

Thomas has benefited from the opportunity to watch and learn not only from his father but also each of his older siblings. Thomas is a passionate winemaker who combines authenticity with innovation, continuously in search of oenological perfection. As Thomas says, their "flexibility to run a family (business) model [but] sell in large volume" is Cheurlin's greatest strength. Now at the helm of his family's dynasty, Thomas is the bridge that connects Cheurlin Champagnes to the United States… and his partnership with American legend Isiah Thomas is turning that dream into reality.

Located in the south of the Champagne region in the Aube, the Cheurlin vineyard extends over five villages and the valleys of the Ource, the Arce and Seine. Thanks to their geographic location and due to its aspect and nature of its soil, each vineyard produces its own unique taste, giving the grape a particular characteristic. What makes our vineyard unique is our versatility. The Cheurlin family lands have produced France’s finest champagnes using traditional growing and cultivating methods for over two centuries. But our unexpected touches – like our location in the south, rather than the north, of the Champagne region and our use of the uncommon pinot blanc grape – ensures the Cheurlin line of champagnes will provide you with a refreshing twist on a world-renowned classic.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France 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 chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and 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 one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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