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Vazart-Coquart Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV Champagne
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Established in the 19th century, this independent grower has developed quickly into a respected producer. Current owner Jean-Pierre Vazart values eco-friendly winemaking and Vazart-Coquart were just the third producer to be awarded the highest level of environmental certification in 2012. His multiple vineyard sites, with many variations of soil and exposure, produce different wines for the domaine. Vinification is based on small tanks to capture this variation and only stainless-steel is used, producing a unique style of mineral delicacy and buttery, floral fruit: the signature of Chouilly.
Cellar Master: Jean-Pierre Vazart
Winery Location: Chouilly | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Côte des Blancs
Annual Production (bottles): 80,000
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Reserve Wine: 25%
Ageing: 4 years on the lees
Disgorged: December 2013
Dosage: 2.5 g/l
Tasting Note: A light yellow colour with a fine stream of bubbles. On the nose: aromas of fresh lemon and slight hazelnut hints. On the palate: a smooth mousse with a continued citrus fruit theme. This is an interesting Blanc de Blancs, full of light zesty lemon notes that continue throughout the finish.
Vazart-Coquart Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut NV does not have an individual branded gift box and will be delivered in our own TFB gift box.
Nervy nose with a hint of putty. Firm impact on the palate but not aggressive, not aggressively dry. Wonderfully interesting for the price. Very satisfying finish.”
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This single estate of 11ha (making some 80, 000 bottles per annum) run by Jean-Pierre Vazart, makes only single cru wines. The entire estate is in Grand Cru Chouilly, one of only 17 ‘grand cru’ top communes in Champagne. It is the most northerly wine commune of the Côte des Blancs, just two minutes south of Epernay. Chouilly is big, at 525.5ha of vines, the biggest grand cru. It is the third biggest wine village in all Champagne after Les Riceys and Vertus. While the giant factory winery HQ of the Nicolas Feuillate coop is in Chouilly, pressing 7% of all Champagne’s grapes, there are several high quality independent growers (RMs) making their own wines. One of those is Champagne Vazart-Coquart, a domaine champagne making waves nowadays among champagne aficionados.
Camille Vazart grew grapes in the late 19th Century and the family is still based in the same house on the main street in Chouilly. Jean-Pierre is the grandson of Camille and took over from his father Jacques in 2005 after a 16 year ‘apprenticeship’. His father had struck out on his own as an independent domaine (‘grower champagne’) in 1954.
Being the Côte des Blancs, only Chardonnay is grown here, but Jean-Pierre has one tiny plot of Pinot Noir to make a Coteaux Champenois. In fact, there are only 4.5ha of Pinot Noir, and 1.9ha of Pinot Meunier in all Chouilly. The estate has parcelles of vines in most great sections of the Chouilly vineyard, including on the prized Montaigu. The viticulture here is gradually reducing synthetic chemical use to an absolute minimum and in 2012 the estate was the third wine domaine to be awarded the highest level of ‘HVE’ certification (Haute Valeur Environmentale), a stringent set of sustainable targets which must always be met. Other Champagne pioneers of this project are Champagne Bollinger, Eric Rodez and Lenoble.
The multiple vineyard sites, from a far flung grand cru, with many variations of soil and exposure, produce different wines (vins clairs) for the domaine. Vinification is based on small tanks to capture this variation. No barrels are used, only stainless steel, a stylistic decision to preserve the mineral delicacy and buttery, floral fruit which is the signature of Chouilly. In this way, the wines here hum with terroir character. Not because they come from one place, which they do, but because they taste of that place. Complexity and authenticity are built in with malolactic generally completed and by a perpetual ‘solera’ begun in 1982 for reserve wines and using only the cuvée juice. It is replenished with up to 50% of its volume used in the blends each year, with new harvest wine. The solera wine is also used to prepare dosages.
The estate is a proud member of the‘Club Trésors du Champagne’(‘Special Club) since 1996 and since a rule of this group is to make your best cuvée in the club livery special bottle, it is important you taste the special club offerings regularly from Vazart-Coquart if you are a fan.