Champagne Pol Couronne Brut NV
Champagne Pol Couronne Brut NV Pol Couronne is a family run house making a few highly delectable cuvees – like this! Under $30 for any Champagne these days is a steal… don’t miss out on this gem!
Flavor Profile: Almond, pink grapefruit, ginger, dried cherries, and white sage
Time on Lees: 42 months
Dosage: 8 grams per liter
Farming Method: Sustainable
Why We Love It...
What’s not to love? Pol Couronne is a long-standing Champagne house that goes back to 1887. Over the decades, they’ve maintained holdings from the very best Grand Crus in Champagne – Avize, Ambonnay, Bouzy, and more to create a small production of top-notch cuvees. At 47% off – this is a steal of a deal… and one that will crush most competition in the under $30 dollar range of Champagnes! (p.s. – that range of Under $30 Champagne is shrinking every day… and with warnings from producers and importers over the last several weeks – likely to dry up all together in the coming months)!
Today, the Pol Couronne estate is run by Jean-Baptiste Prévost, one of Paul’s ancestors. Jean-Baptiste grew up with the vineyards of Champagne as his playground, watching his grandfather work the vines tirelessly. The importance of farming was set in his mind early – leading to the sustainable and biodynamic practices utilized in the vineyards to this day.
This Brut Champagne is the torchbearer for the brand – showcasing their house style, with a tip of the cap to all of their varied vineyards and fruit selections. The blend is just about one third each of Champagne’s big three – 34% chardonnay, 35% pinot meunier, and 31% pinot noir. Some 65% of the wine stems from the base wine of the 2017 harvest, with 35% of the wine hailing from prior reserves (2013-2016). An extended time aging on the lees, over 42 months, lends a mature and polished feel to the wine, and while the majority of the wine undergoes a full malolactic conversion – a nice jolt of verve and freshness is well preserved by the 10% of the wine that does not.
The aromas are expressive and forthright, with nutty almond notes, and a sweet tangerine, Meyer lemon medley of citrus, and a fresh-cut grass cleanliness. In the mouth, the wine is crisp and electric – with pink grapefruit, ginger, dried cherries, and a smoky, white sage note. There’s a creamy roundness throughout, but a juicy and bright character to the fruit profile that keeps everything light on its feet… not to mention, in the glass, where it keeps disappearing even as I write this! Good problems, to be certain, and with a sticker falling under $30 – a problem that can easily be remedied with another bottle! Load up on this whilst you can, and you’ll be looking sage all summer long!
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blend
Blend: 34% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Meunier and 31% Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Jean-Baptiste Prévot
Farming Method: Sustainable
Pair it with: Prawns in a provencal white wine sauce.
About the Producer
In 1887, Paul Auguste Courne founded his namesake brand and began making his own champagne, Polcrown. Paul's commitment to the land and the quality of his champagne awarded him the "Agricultural Merit Chevalier" in Paris on October 5, 1921. In 2013, Jean-Baptiste-Prévot inherited the house from Maison Porcrown and has carried on the commitment to creating high quality champagnes and growing grapes using sustainable and biodynamic practices.
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