Your Champagne Guide
Discover the expression of terroir and grape variety with Franck Pascal's range of biodynamic grower champagnes. If biodynamic champagnes are new to you, you will find champagnes that are an authentic reflection of the Baslieux-Sous-Châtillon region of Champagne, full of energy, flavour, and fantastic ageing potential.
Made using both the Traditional Method and the Ancestral Method, Franck Pascal and his wife Isabelle take care of 7 hectares of biodynamically cultivated vines; but to say that Franck simply works organically or biodynamically would stifle him; he is an endangered type of winegrower, connected to the cycles of nature and its energy.
To learn more about the Traditional Method and the Ancestral Method, read our article on the subject here.
NV, Fluence Brut Nature
From vines that are in biodynamic conversion - bringing life back to the soil to reveal the complexity of the terroir. In addition, the vine is supported by biodynamic preparations so that grapes with exceptional potential can be reborn. This Brut Nature has a gentle acidity that is perfectly balanced thanks to the minerality and tension in the grape, which gives an energetic freshness. This zero-dosage champagne is made using a delicate and ancient vinification process, known as the Ancestral Method. Choosing Fluence is a good introduction to the other cuvées in the range. Aged for four years on lees before disgorgement in 2019.
Dosage: Zero-dosage *no additional sugar has been added.
Match it with: Seafood and oysters.Shop Now
NV, "Reliance" Brut Nature
An exceptionally elegant champagne, that is lean and beautifully refreshing, at the same time, complex, long, and structured. "Reliance" really stands out from the crowd. The flavours and sensations of "Reliance" will connect you to the beauty that nature knows how to create when treated correctly. Let yourself be carried away by the moment, with the person or people who share this bottle with you.
Aged for 7 years on lees before disgorgement in 2019.
"Pale gold. A pungent bouquet displays scents of pear skin, nectarine, iodine and chalky minerals. The mineral and iodine qualities carry onto the palate, which offers intense orchard and pit fruit flavours, a chewy texture and a refreshingly bitter jolt of lemon pith. Closes with impressive power and mineral cut, leaving a juicy pear note behind." 92 points Josh Raynolds for Vinous.com.
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NV, "Pacifiance" Brut Nature
A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from different vintages, each with its own identity. "Pacifiance" captures finesse and structure. It will take you on a long journey of flavours and emotions. A great choice for a special occasion.
Match it with: Perfect on its own, as an apéritif, or why not switch things up and enjoy as a digestif with a fruity dessert.
NV, "Tolérance" Rosé
Add a splash of colour to your table with this Rosé Champagne. A blend of "Reliance" and "Confiance", roughly 55% pinot meunier, 40% pinot noir and 5% chardonnay; the white and red grapes are expressed by creating a synergy of taste and texture. Made with the spirit of 'Tolerance' in mind, it refers to accepting each other's differences and personal expression. A great introduction to an evening as a couple.
Aged for 7 years on lees before disgorgement in 2019.
"Bright onion skin colour. Heady aromas of ripe red fruits, Asian spices and fresh rose, with a bright mineral quality emerging with aeration. It offers silky raspberry and refreshingly bitter blood orange flavours and enlivening notes of smoky minerals and white pepper. The red berry quality echoes emphatically on the clinging finish. The dosage here is under five grams per litre." 91 points Josh Raynolds for Vinous.com
Dosage: 4 g/L
Match it with: Take inspiration from the blood orange, red berry and spice notes. You will find that it will go well with almost everything from chocolate dessert to peppercorn beef tenderloin or Duck à L'orange.Shop Now
2011,"Harmonie" Extra Brut
"Harmonie" is the meeting point between terroir champagnes and gastronomic champagnes. The harmony between grape variety and terroir gives way to the quintessence of the crumbly limestone terroir and the complantation of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, each harvested in two instalments. First the Pinot Meunier, then a few days later the Pinot Noir. Each grape variety ferments on its native yeasts while the remaining sugars from alcoholic fermentation blend the two grape varieties to create a mineral and tannic framework.
Dosage: Dosage: 1,17 g/l
Match it with: Scallop and bacon rolls
2011, "Sérénité" Brut Nature
An exceptional champagne that displays immense purity, openness, and a generous ample mouthfeel with mixed aromas of wild berries and well-integrated brioche notes. 40% pinot meunier and 60% Chardonnay. This exquisite champagne is sulphite free.
Dosage: 0-6 g/l
Match it with: Roasted white meats.Shop Now
2009 "Quinte Essence" Extra Brut
This stylish blend of pinot meunier 66% and chardonnay 34% from the 2009 vintage is dedicated to the creativity of chefs and a result of all of the flavours and aromas that nature offers us. With over 10 years of ageing, Quinte Essence offers an intense richness and mineral freshness.
Match it with: Porchetta.
2007 "Quinte Essence" Extra Brut
Feel the aromas and complexity of aged champagne. The perfect wine to show off your gastronomic skills. A blend of 60% pinot noir, 25% pinot meunier and 15% chardonnay. 2007 Quinte Essence is marked by complex richness and long aromas on the palate. The extra lees ageing gives a pronounced finesse and an expansive energetic finish.
Match it with: A cheese board.Shop Now