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Vazart-Coquart Blanc de Blancs Special Club 2008 Champagne 75cl
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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
Weather: After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged: November 2016
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2022
Tasting Note: A champagne with delicate flavours of citrus fruits that combine with a smooth mousse texture to produce a rounded mid-palate. The finish is lingering and long. From such an incredible vintage, this 2008 will be certain to reward in the future but due to the elegance of the harvest is already a very bold champagne.
Very pale, with green notes and some real interest on the nose. Very appetising. Quite youthful with some yeasty notes. Really interesting.”
Light and delicate but intricate too. Racy and feather light. Just knitting together. Very promising.”
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The Grand Cru village of Chouilly is the most northerly wine commune of the Côte des Blancs, just two minutes south of Épernay, and is the biggest Grand Cru with 525.5ha of vines. Tthe giant factory winery HQ of the Nicolas Feuillate cooperative dominates the village, pressing 7% of all of Champagne’s grapes, however there are also several high-quality independent growers making their own wines. One of those is Champagne Vazart-Coquart, a domaine champagne making waves nowadays among champagne aficionados. This single estate of 11ha (making some 80, 000 bottles per annum) is run by Jean-Pierre Vazart.
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 of Chouilly. Vazart-Coquart have parcels of vines in most of the great sections of Chouilly, including on the prized Montaigu vineyard.
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.
Vazart-Coquart’s multiple vineyard sites, from a far flung Grand Cru, with many variations of soil and exposure, produce different wines for the domaine. Vinification is based in 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 but because they specifically taste of that place.
Complexity and authenticity are built in at Vazart-Coquart, with malolactic generally completed and only the first press juice used. Quality is assured through a perpetual ‘solera’ for reserve wines, begun in 1982, which 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.