A proud rarity in both style and varietal, Coteaux Champenois Pinot Blanc is a still white wine crafted solely from centenarian Pinot blanc vines.
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Coteaux Champenois A.O.C. is the dedicated appellation for still wine production in Champagne, with red and white wine primarily made from Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot noir. By contrast, Coteaux Champenois Pinot Blanc is crafted entirely from Pinot blanc, one of the four ‘rare’ or ancestral varieties.
Heralding from the same plot as L’Originale (the most well-known champagne from Champagne Pierre Gerbais), fruit is harvested from the region’s oldest Pinot blanc vines. Planted in 1904 on a historical lieu-dit (single parcel of vines) named Les Proies, this plot is south-facing—an ideal aspect for capturing sunlight that gives greater richness and ripeness to the fruit.
Vinification involves overnight skin maceration and malolactic fermentation prior to ageing in stainless steel tanks for 10 months. Total production of the 2018 Coteaux Champenois Pinot Blanc was 512 bottles.
A bouquet of peaches and cream charges forward with punchy citrus on the palate. The wine then deepens into textured peach and apricot—pleasantly whole with skins and core—before a creamy finish percolating with fresh salinity. The absence of bubbles provides a clear exemplar of Pinot blanc typicity and the Côte des Bar terroir.
Best enjoyed from the Lehmann Jamesse Prestige, Synergie 75 handmade glass.
Comté gougères, homemade and hot from the oven, or chicken liver pâté, adorned with a dollop of sweet shiraz paste atop fine wafer crackers or baguette.