Champagne Rémy Massin & Fils Pinot Blanc Special Club Extra Brut 2017
Champagne Rémy Massin & Fils Pinot Blanc Special Club Extra Brut 2017 Special Club Champagne from one of our all-time favorite producers? Wait… incredibly rare, 100% pinot blanc, from the southern edge of Champagne? All at almost 50% off? Yes, please!
Flavor Profile: Golden plums, honeydew melon, ginger
Time on Lees: 4 years
Disgorgement Date: January 2022
Dosage: 4.5 grams per liter
Farming Method: Certified Sustainable
Welcome to the Special Club – The Black AMEX of Grower Champagne.
Full transparency… I’ve never, ever, had a bad bottle of Special Club Champagne. The very notion of what makes a wine part of the yearly Special Club offerings is so incredibly pure, it just might be the safest, surest bet in the entire wine world. So… what is Special Club Champagne? Read up on the rigorous selection details here, but basically, it is the highest tier of classification that grower Champagnes can achieve. Part peer review, part expert analysis, all blind. This is the World Cup of grower Champagne.
Remy Massin is a family-run producer that can trace its roots on the sunny hillsides of Ville sur Acre, all the way back to 1865. Now, five generations of growing grapes later, this exceptional producer consistently crafts some of our favorite cuvees to be found in any corner of the sparkling wine world. Set in the heart of the Cote de Bar region, this is the southernmost edge of Champagne, closely matching the Kimmeridgian soils of nearby Chablis. Their vineyards are predominantly planted to pinot noir, with about 20% dedicated to chardonnay and a scant 5% set aside for the pinot blanc used to make this cuvee.
Pinot blanc is a lesser known but accepted variety in Champagne – though still incredibly rare to see blended in any amount, and especially as a single varietal to make a top-tier wine like this. The aromatics are so beautifully beguiling…like no other Champagne I’ve ever had. Fresh white flowers – alyssum, jasmine, iceberg roses, then golden plums and honeydew melons with flavors of tangerine, ginger shortbread cookies, and chantilly cream… this is simultaneously laser-focused and remarkably friendly, with a long, electrifying, and spicy finish.
The 2017 release is newly arrived to our warehouse and the anticipation was palpable as we all gathered around to watch the truck unload into our cool room. I really can’t stress enough how rare this is… of the seven varieties allowed in Champagne, pinot blanc, arbane, petit meslier, and pinot gris account for only 0.3% of plantings combined! This is a must-have for any Champagne lover… and at the spectacular price we secured? Grab a handful!
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Pinot Blanc
Winemaker: Cedric Massin
Farming Method: Certified Sustainable
Pair it with: French Onion Soup
About the Producer
Champagne Rémy Massin et fils comes as a result of a passion passed on through the generations in Ville-sur-Arce, in the area called Cote des Bar. Rémy created the brand Champagne Rémy Massin et fils in 1974. He was joined by his children Sylvère, who studied viticulture oenology, and Florence, who took charge of the administrative part of the business, the export and the shipment management. Now being run by the fifth generation, respectful of the land inherited from their ancestors, in the pursuit of excellence to create a hand-crafted premium Champagne. Their vineyards accounts for about 22 hectares : 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Blanc. The average age of the vines is 30 years old. The soils are mainly composed of limestone and clay, inserted in Kimmeridgian geological structure like those as in Chablis vineyards. Champagne Rémy Massin et fils is working for a sustainable viticulture with a conscious investment in the maintenance of ecological relationships so the vineyard is growing in a balanced natural environment.
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