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Pommery Cuvee Louise 2002 Champagne
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|Pommery Cuvee Louise 2002 - 75cl||Pommery Cuvee Louise 2002 - 75cl||£127.95
Despite numerous takeovers and the loss of family ownership, long-time Cellar Master Thierry Gasco has remained with the House, ensuring Pommery's high-quality production remained unaffected. The House has a wide range and their champagnes offer a reductive, fresh, pure and fruity style. Green values and sustainability are at the heart of Gasco's winemaking and Champagne Pommery were the first wine estate in the world to be granted environmental management certification. Pommery have also recently started producing sparkling wine in England, alongside Hattingley Valley.
Cellar Master: Thierry Gasco
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): Not communicated
Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.
News Article: Pommery Cuvée Louise 2002 placed sixth in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvées from 2002 blind tasting in October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW. Read the full write-up here.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Cramant | Pinot Noir: Aÿ
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 5 g/l
Tasting Note: A vibrant yellow hue with slight hints of green. On the nose aromatic hints of lemon and grapefruit lead to citrus fruits and berries on the palate. This fruity flavour continues through the delicate long-lasting finish. A tremendous expression of a near-perfect vintage.
Tasted blind. Mid straw. Tense and tight with a long way to go. Lychees and lots of fruit. Refined. Really long and reverberant. Lifted. Quite a revelation.”
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Champagne Pommery was founded as Pommery & Greno by Alexandre Louis Pommery and Narcisse Greno in 1858 with the primary business bering wool trading. After making a fortune in the wool industry, in 1856, Mr Pommery was in fragile health and decided to retire from business and enjoy a quiet life, until Madame Pommery discovered she was expecting a child, at the age of 38. This miraculous pregnancy, more than 17 years after her first, would change their lives forever. To provide for his baby daughter, Mr Pommery decided to go back into business. But the wool industry was in crisis. However, the champagne trade was booming.
In the inventory on 31 December 1856, all of Pommery's wines were grands crus. The company changed its name, but it gained great strengths and talents. Henry Vasnier, the 24-year-old financial and administrative director, and Adolphe Hubinet, the 23-year-old business director, joined the team. When Mr Pommery died on 18 February 1858, his wife looked at baby Louise, who was not even a year old, and mustered up the strength to set out on an incredible journey. Under the guidance of Alexandre's widow, the firm was dedicated to Champagne production and soon became one of the region's largest Champagne brands.
Madame Pommery purchased 120 limestone and chalk pits, so-called crayères, carved underneath 12 miles of the city of Reims by Roman soldiers during their occupation of Gaul. Louise commissioned sculptor Gustave Navlet to carve 4 metre long bas-reliefs of Bacchus celebrating wine into the walls, and busts by Leon Joseph Chavaillaud. These unique cellars allowed her to store and age thousands of bottles in a temperature-controlled environment (a constant 10'C). Many other Champagne houses later followed suit.
Offices and other buildings above the cellars were modeled after the great English country houses. In ode to her most loyal clients, the British, Madame Pommery built a Tudor Elizabethan domain in Reims. She would later change the face of Champagne for her English customers, by making the first ever 'brut' Champagne, with no added sugar in 1874.
Pommery is currently owned by the Vranken-Pommery Monopole Group (located in Reims), which also owns Heidsieck & Co Monopoleand Vranken, Château la Gordonne, Domaine Royal de Jarras, and Rozès in their portfolio.