Champagne Rémy Massin & fils Pinot Noir Special Club Brut 2015
Champagne Rémy Massin & fils Pinot Noir Special Club Brut 2015 We scored here… Special Club Champagne for under $50?! From a favorite producer for nearly 50% Off? You’re going to want to partake in this special deal…
Flavor Profile: Raspberries, red apples, blood orange
Time on Lees: 6 years
Disgorgement Date: January 2022
Dosage: 5 grams per liter
Farming Method: Certified Sustainable
Why We Love It...
Well, let’s start with the obvious… it’s Special Club. The tippy-top tier that Grower Champagnes can achieve. Part peer review, part expert analysis, all blind, with analysis of the initial base wine, and, three years later, the follow-up on the sparkling. Only a handful of cuvées each year make the cut, and less than 30 producers can claim membership in the elite “Club de Tressors”. Remy Massin has been a member for many years now, and this wine is a straight-up winner!
This 100% pinot noir hails from the Massin family holdings in the Côte des Bar, on the southern part of Champagne bordering nearby Chablis. Just over 100 years ago, the powers-that-be tried to exclude this region from the classification of Champagne, which ended in violent riots and protests. Things were set to rights after World War I, and the Côte des Bar has been officially Champagne ever since.
Remy Massin traces 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 cuvées to be found in any corner of the sparkling wine world. 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.
The resulting pinot noir is awash with power and depth, creating a wine that pulses with forest raspberries, red delicious apples, blood orange, with a zippy, mineral edge throughout. The richness of the (relatively) warmer climate is evident in the full-bodied characters on the palate, but a focused and fine acidity provides excellent length and a pristinely clean and fresh finish. The wine ages for six years on the lees and is finished with a disgorgement of an extra brut worthy 5 g/liter dosage. This is compelling and luscious now, with potential to develop over the years to come… and maybe (just maybe…) the best deal we’ve offered yet on Last Bubbles! Words, exclamation points, interrobangs, and capitalizations can’t express just how amazing it is to find Grower Champagne, from a producer like Remy Massin, at a price this spectacular. We’re all loading up on this as a team, and trust us, you’ll want to do the same…
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Cedric Massin
Farming Method: Certified Sustainable
Production: 258 cases
Pair it with: Creole-spiced shrimp and creamy grits
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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