I’m a Grower, not a Show-er: Edition 8

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This cheeky sparkling wine pack puts the spotlight on a medley of Champagnes from small producers of the region, promising to surprise and delight.

  • Domaine La Borderie Val Moré | Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir)
  • André Heucq Heritage Blanc de Meunier | Blanc de Noirs (100% Meunier)
  • Ulysse Collin Les Maillons  | Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir)

Domaine La Borderie Val Moré

What — Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir)
Where — Champagne, France
When — NV

A complex nose of blackcurrants, almonds and sweet spices, overlaid with smoky notes, gives way to a salty and vinous palate.

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In 2013, Champagne Domaine La Borderie was created in 2013 by siblings, Simon and Marie Normand, who took over the family estate of 11.5 hectares, around Bar sur Seine in the Côte des Bar; for comparison, Bar sur Seine is just 160km from the main city of Reims but also just 162km from Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy.

The Normand family have been providing grapes to the negociants for over 100 years, until Simon and Marie created Domaine La Borderie. With ‘High Environmental Value’ and ‘Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne’ certifications, sustainability and healthy vineyards remain at the core of their operations.

Val Moré is a 100% Pinot Noir single vineyard of the Domaine. It sees around 5% of barrel fermentation, with the remainder in stainless steel. The 2015 spent 4.5 years on lees and received a small dosage of 3g/L; only 1,800 bottles were produced, highlighting the miniscule size of the plot.

A relative newcomer to the world of Champagne, the wines from Simon and Marie represent an exciting new development in the Côte des Bar.

 

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André Heucq Heritage Blanc de Meunier

What — Blanc de Noirs (100% Meunier)
Where — Champagne, France
When — 2016

Nashi pears, quince and a touch of cinnamon on the nose, with a palate marked by a balanced bitterness over pineapple and light notes of tropical fruits.

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André Heucq began the family run domaine in 1936—now the fourth generation continues their great grandfather’s legacy. André, the third generation and current chef de cave, steered the domaine towards biodynamic practices with the estate certified since 2018, after having practiced them for many years prior.

The estate is located in Cuisles, in the Vallée de la Marne; an area very much home to Meunier. The Heritage Blanc de Meunier is an assemblage of vineyards within the villages of Cuisles, Chatillon-sur-Marne, Serzy and Mareuil-le-Port. These vines uniquely sit on illite clay, which retains water better than Champagne’s notable chalky clay and is rich in nutrients.

This 100% Meunier cuvée was fermented in stainless steel to retain its freshness, before spending 3 years on lees before disgorgement—and as a Brut Nature expression, it is in its rawest state with no dosage added.  It demonstrates the nuances of Meunier, highlighting quality grapes with the unique characteristics of the illite clay.

With the vigour of the fourth generation, the estate of André Heucq is one to keep your eyes on.

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Ulysse Collin 'Les Maillons'

What — Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir)
Where — Champagne, France
When — NV

Red berries, vibrant citrus and fresh floral characters

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Olivier Collin’s story began not so long ago, in the region of Champagne, with his inaugural 2004 vintage. The family used to sell grapes to a large producer, until the law school graduate managed to maneuver the use of the family vineyards for his own wine production.

From the very beginning, Olivier’s vision was to create wines from single parcels and a single variety. Having worked briefly alongside Anselme Selosse (who paved the way for subsequent generations of artisanal Champagne producers to flourish) he uses barrels to add richness and complexity, without obscuring the terroirs with which he works.

Les Maillons comes from a vineyard of the same name and is 100% Pinot Noir. Despite being based in the lesser-known village of Congy, Olivier’s fastidious work in both the vines and cellars has made him one of the most sought-after and exciting producers in Champagne today—and rightly so.

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From a hand-picked selection of small producers of the region, this sparkling wine pack is a cheeky one—for good reason. Set aside major houses (like the Grandes Marques of Moët and Veuve) for a moment and let these bubbles enlighten your palate. It promises to only grow on you with each luscious sip and you might find that after all, bigger isn’t always better.

This pack is a rotating selection that highlights the excitement and diversity within Champagne.

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Domaine La Borderie Val Moré

What — Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir)
Where — Champagne, France
When — NV

A complex nose of blackcurrants, almonds and sweet spices, overlaid with smoky notes, gives way to a salty and vinous palate.

+ Read More

In 2013, Champagne Domaine La Borderie was created in 2013 by siblings, Simon and Marie Normand, who took over the family estate of 11.5 hectares, around Bar sur Seine in the Côte des Bar; for comparison, Bar sur Seine is just 160km from the main city of Reims but also just 162km from Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy.

The Normand family have been providing grapes to the negociants for over 100 years, until Simon and Marie created Domaine La Borderie. With ‘High Environmental Value’ and ‘Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne’ certifications, sustainability and healthy vineyards remain at the core of their operations.

Val Moré is a 100% Pinot Noir single vineyard of the Domaine. It sees around 5% of barrel fermentation, with the remainder in stainless steel. The 2015 spent 4.5 years on lees and received a small dosage of 3g/L; only 1,800 bottles were produced, highlighting the miniscule size of the plot.

A relative newcomer to the world of Champagne, the wines from Simon and Marie represent an exciting new development in the Côte des Bar.

 

In stock

André Heucq Heritage Blanc de Meunier

What — Blanc de Noirs (100% Meunier)
Where — Champagne, France
When — 2016

Nashi pears, quince and a touch of cinnamon on the nose, with a palate marked by a balanced bitterness over pineapple and light notes of tropical fruits.

+ Read More

André Heucq began the family run domaine in 1936—now the fourth generation continues their great grandfather’s legacy. André, the third generation and current chef de cave, steered the domaine towards biodynamic practices with the estate certified since 2018, after having practiced them for many years prior.

The estate is located in Cuisles, in the Vallée de la Marne; an area very much home to Meunier. The Heritage Blanc de Meunier is an assemblage of vineyards within the villages of Cuisles, Chatillon-sur-Marne, Serzy and Mareuil-le-Port. These vines uniquely sit on illite clay, which retains water better than Champagne’s notable chalky clay and is rich in nutrients.

This 100% Meunier cuvée was fermented in stainless steel to retain its freshness, before spending 3 years on lees before disgorgement—and as a Brut Nature expression, it is in its rawest state with no dosage added.  It demonstrates the nuances of Meunier, highlighting quality grapes with the unique characteristics of the illite clay.

With the vigour of the fourth generation, the estate of André Heucq is one to keep your eyes on.

In stock

Ulysse Collin 'Les Maillons'

What — Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir)
Where — Champagne, France
When — NV

Red berries, vibrant citrus and fresh floral characters

+ Read More

Olivier Collin’s story began not so long ago, in the region of Champagne, with his inaugural 2004 vintage. The family used to sell grapes to a large producer, until the law school graduate managed to maneuver the use of the family vineyards for his own wine production.

From the very beginning, Olivier’s vision was to create wines from single parcels and a single variety. Having worked briefly alongside Anselme Selosse (who paved the way for subsequent generations of artisanal Champagne producers to flourish) he uses barrels to add richness and complexity, without obscuring the terroirs with which he works.

Les Maillons comes from a vineyard of the same name and is 100% Pinot Noir. Despite being based in the lesser-known village of Congy, Olivier’s fastidious work in both the vines and cellars has made him one of the most sought-after and exciting producers in Champagne today—and rightly so.

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