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Grower Champagne Tasting w/ Joe Herrig CSW Friday 12/1 5-7PM
December 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sherlocks Wine Merchant Buckhead
3401 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
~Selections To Be Tasted~
Laherte Freres Champagne
The Laherte family is special. The 10-hectare-vineyard is run by the two Laherte brothers, as well as Thierry’s son, Aurlien. Since 2004, the sixth generation has been giving a new dimension to the estate. Indeed, following in his fathers footsteps, Aurlien understood that the estates true philosophy lies in taking time to do things well and being satisfied with naturally ripe and healthy grapes. Aurlien is now carefully managing this treasure passed on from one generation to the next since decades: a family know-how and living vines.
Today, all the family members are working hand in hand to preserve this precious Terroir passed on by their forefathers and try to create wines that are just like them – pure, sincere and authentic.Throughout the year, they work in the most traditional and natural way possible. With help from a small team consisting of about ten employees during spring and summer time, they do their best to let each vine stock grow and express itself. They give priority to winegrowing techniques based on natural and dynamic practices by: plant infusions to improve natural defence systems, – high foliage so that the photosynthesis ensures a nice maturity, – planning the pruning work and treatments on favourable days in order to strengthen our vine stocks. It is absolutely essential to manage the soil with great care in order to preserve its balance and make it loose and able to be home to a natural and diversified wildlife.
Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut $49.99*
Wine Spectator 92 Points: Well-spiced and mouthwatering, offers a finely
detailed bead and expressive flavors of black raspberry, dried
apricot, orange blossom, fleur de sel and crystallized honey.
minerally on the finish.
Laherte Freres “Les 7” $99.99*
Vinous 91 Points: Powerful scents of exotic fruits, brioche,
smoky minerals and singed orange. Deep and rich, precise on
the palate, offering palate-coating orchard and pit fruit flavors
and sneaky minerality. Rich and energetic at the same time.
Dominique Moreau founded Marie-Courtin in 2005 in Polisot in the southernly Cote des Bars region of Champagne. This oft-overlooked area is seeing a mini-revolution of small producers casting aside their former roles as nameless farmers for the Grand Marques and producing stunning Champagnes of their own. Moreau is a true believer of biodynamics. With its slightly warmer temperatures, and Kimmeridgian sub soils, this area is particularly prized for its Pinot Noir grapes. Moreau created the estate with a vision to produce a series of single-vineyard, single varietal, single vintage Champagnes from biodynamically grown grapes that are farmed with meticulous care. Dominique named her estate after her grandmother, Marie Courtin, whom she describes as a woman of the earth.
Her 100% Pinot Noir Champagnes are sourced from a single hillside vineyard with clay and limestone soil. The vines are 35-40 years old and are well tended to produce low, concentrated yields. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with native yeasts. The wine receives no added sulfur and or dosage.The combination of low yields, clay-limestone soils (with bands of Kimmeridgian) and an east/southeast exposure gives the wines both power and cut, with an intense brininess and minerality at their core. The estate makes three cuvees, Resonance, Efflorescence, and Concordance. Resonance is fermented in stainless steel, the Efflorescence in used barriques. The grapes for Efflorescence tend to come from the bottom of the hill, which she says has greater power and potential. At harvest, the grapes are all harvested by hand. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts that have been selected from their vineyards and cultivated separately. These native yeasts are used for both the primary and secondary fermentations. Lastly, there is no dosage added upon disgorgement.Dominique embraces a spiritual philosophy in her production and viticulture.
Marie-Courtin Resonance Extra Brut $64.99*
Extra Brut Resonance is a real stand out, and also a terrific introduction to the unique, compelling Champagnes of Marie Courtin. Beautifully textured and generous, the Resonance offers terrific depth, with fewer of the hard edges these wines can sometimes show. Dried pear, spice, mint and licorice flow through to the effortless, creamy finish.
Marie-Courtin Efflorescence 2007 $89.99*
Robert Parker 93 Points: The 2007 Extra Brut Efflorescence (100% Pinot Noir) is at first rather cool and inward, then explodes on the palate with great intensity. It is a fabulous wine endowed with tons of persistence and sheer energy. The aromas and flavors build towards the rich, generous finish. The Efflorescence was aged in neutral oak barrels and disgorged october 2010.
Champagne Piollot Pere et Fils
Champagne Piollot is produced by Roland Piollot and his wife Dominique Moreau (who is also the winemaker for Champagne Marie Courtin) from vines owned by Roland’s family in the Aube, a tiny region between the Côtes des Blancs and the Côtes des Bar. Roland’s father was extremely passionate about vineyard work, and replanted all of the vineyards using sélection massale, and even keeping some of the old Pinot Blanc vineyards. In 1986, Roland decided to bottle the wines himself, and since 2009, they have converted the vines to organic farming. The house style is based on crispness and elegance.
Piollot Maceration Brut Rose $49.99*
This Champagne has its origin in the Côte des Bar, well known for its Pinot Noir grown on Kimmeridgian soil. That terroir provides an ideal setting for the creation of superb rosés using the saignée vinification technique, which increases the tannin and color. With a deep rose tint, this delightful Pinot Noir delivers a nose with a voluptuous, rich bouquet on notes of just-picked cherry and raspberry. Very agreeable in the mouth and with a satisfying fluidity, this cuvée will leave no one indifferent, thanks to its rich and generous nature, as well as a perfect balance.