A still white wine from Champagne made with a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes from four vintages: 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019. It was long-aged on the lees and has a similar layered profile of a multi-vintage Champagne, but without the sparkle. The unusual blend makes it again a challenge to identity blind, but also makes it a versatile wine for food pairing. Only 3,400 bottles were produced and it’s as delightful as it is rare.
Story: Franck Pascal was one of the first biodynamic growers in Champagne and remains one of its most passionate and gifted winemakers. He has made Coteaux Champenois still wines since 2014. Still wine from the region is pretty rare, especially from the northernmost areas, where the climate hovers on the edge for fully ripening grapes. But Franck has found select parcels that yield especially ripe grapes, and has created a brilliant still white Coteaux Champenois from the region’s three famous grapes. The final blend uses several vintages, ensuring a freshness, richness and layered complexity that is unmatched in still white wines from anywhere else.
Vinification: 45 year-old vines growing on chalk, clay and limestone soils. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed and fermented using only indigenous yeasts. Left long on the lees and aged in oak barrels for XX months. Unfined and unfiltered.
Match it with: Oysters, shellfish platter, grilled white fishes, goat cheese.
- France, Champagne
- Franck Pascal
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve