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Thienot Brut

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • WE90
12% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The perfect blend of three champagne grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Champagne Thiénot Brut is a wine of great harmony, with roundness and finesse and in its spring-like freshness. Golden in appearance, with a powerful nose with hints of pipped-fruit jam, apples and quince. Rounded and long on the palate, with a succession of apple and pear, fresh-fruit fragrances. Persistent bead of bubbles with a creamy mousse.

Serve as an aperitif with tapas, Bellota Bellota jam, tuna peppers

Critical Acclaim

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
An exotic sparkler, displaying rich, caramelized smoke and brioche notes, balanced with citrusy acidity and flavors of ripe apple, candied pineapple, lemon meringue and crystallized honey. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2018.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Crisp in sliced green-apple fruit, this Champagne is ripe, although on the dry side, giving plenty of acidity and a textured aftertaste. The bottling has some age, so it is deliciously ready to drink.
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Thienot, France - Other regions
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Champagne Thiénot symbolizes the very essence of Champange and Bordeaux, France with its exclusive, global and contemporary profile. For 25 years, Alain Thiénot has built the foundations for a new champagne house, with the greatest respect for a number of core values: quality, modernity and luxury, values which have enabled the vineyards to show their true potential.

The Thiénot approach is family-orientated, where modernity combines with a respect for tradition, creativity meets quality, and where passion unites with exacting standards.

Champagne is an art without compromise. The Thiénot approach combines individuality, flair and selectiveness to create a unique style: Finesse, elegance and subtlety. This approach has helped Champagne Thiénot gain international stature, uniting prestige and innovation.

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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, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. 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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