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Champagne Hubert Soreau Blanc de Blancs Le Clos L'Abbé Brut Nature 2012 Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Hubert Soreau Blanc de Blancs Le Clos L'Abbé Brut Nature 2012 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Hubert Soreau Blanc de Blancs Le Clos L'Abbé Brut Nature 2012

Incredibly Rare Vintage Production from Champagne's Oldest Vines!

$114
$150

Retail

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Flavor Profile: Ripe peaches, pears, hazelnuts, butter, white pepper, and dried apricots
Time on Lees: 98 months
Dosage: Zero g/L
Farming Method: Certified Sustainable

Why We Love It...

Le Clos L'Abbé is a monopole – owned, farmed, and loved by Hubert Soreau. He crafts some 1200 bottles each year, from three tiny parcels of chardonnay on what many say is the oldest vineyard in Champagne. This is Champagne of the highest order… highly allocated, and tremendously rare. Amazingly enough, the price is lower than you’d expect… and what little we have is at the best price in the country!

Truly, less than 5 cases is what we could get of this, and we fully expect it to be gone in a blink. Le Clos l'Abbé is located just outside of Epernay, near Hautvillers where the Marne Valley meets the Côte des Blancs. The estate belongs entirely to Hubert Soreau, following his parent’s purchase of a parcel in 1993, and his purchase of the remainder in 2003. These are old chardonnay vines planted on clay and silt above Cretaceous era limestone chalk.

Hubert Soreau is known as a quiet and thoughtful man, who walks among his vines as though he strolls through a garden. Each vine is known and regarded in turn, with thoughtful pruning (in the Chablis-style), and no use of herbicides or pesticides. All the fruit is hand harvested, as they were a thousand years ago, vertically pressed, and fermented in large oak barrels cut from the nearby forest in Hautvillers. The wine is aged on the lees for over 8 years, and quite uniquely, spends that initial bottling under natural cork, instead of the far more popular crown “soda pop” caps used by most every house today. The wine is Brut Nature – meaning that no added sugar is introduced after the time on the lees, just topped off as needed with enough Champagne to ensure the neck is filled before the final corking. For tasting notes, we’re going to mix it up a bit – this is coming from a friend of Hubert, who is responsible for the house’s unique website. We collectively loved it, and thought you might too.

“It looks great in the glass: pale, shiny and golden colored, small bubbles regularly rising to the surface. It's almost ruminant… By the way, I poured it into a wine glass and not into a Champagne flute. The latter is perfectly adapted to sparkling wines that want to emphasize the splendor of their bubbles. But it's far too small and tight for wines with a complex bouquet. Those wines deserve better, they need space!

The Clos l’Abbé gratefully fills the entire space I’ve offered to him with the smell of ripe peaches and pears, as well as with aromas of hazelnut and butter. After a little while the wine has opened up a little, adding white pepper and dried apricots to its bouquet. Despite the fact that my nose would love to hang on a little longer, my palate insists to taste and drink at last. The straight minerality of the wine surprises at first, but it rapidly melts away amongst the mellow and smooth mouthfeel. The fine bubbles are perfectly integrated, and delicate fragrances of almonds and blossoms enrich the aromatic final.”

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côte des Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Hubert Soreau
Farming Method: Certified Sustainable
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: This exemplifies the French dictum that “a Champagne can accompany a whole banquet, from the amuse bouche to dessert.”

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne Hubert Soreau Blanc de Blancs Le Clos L'Abbé Brut Nature 2012

$114
$150

Retail

24

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