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Champagne Maurice Vesselle Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Maurice Vesselle Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Maurice Vesselle Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

Family legacy, practiced winemaking, and unmatched passion – that’s what the Maurice Vesselle Champagne house brings to the table with their extra brut cuvée from the renowned Grand Cru village of Bouzy – developing a wine with insatiable power, complexity, and depth.

$42
$65

Retail

35
Flavor Profile: Golden Delicious apples, ginger, shortbread, cinnamon, and clove
Time on Lees: 5 years
Dosage: 4 g/L
Farming Method: HVE Certified

Why We Love It...

Brothers Didier and Thierry are working tirelessly to continue the legacy of their father, Maurice Veselle, who took a leap of faith in opening his own Champagne label in 1955. Born to a lineage of three past generations of winemakers in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy, Maurice sought to create something of his own while prioritizing the highest quality and value possible in his Champagnes. This Extra Brut cuvee is one of the immaculate results of his steadfast dedication to his craft – passed down to his sons, who now run the estate. It is a simply fantastic sparkling wine with a pedigree to no end – and for just over $40, an unheard-of value for this prestigious level of Champagne!

Didier and Thierry have become widely, and proudly, known as the “Vesselles who plough” – an appropriate description for what they do. Didier expounds, “We have never ceased to [dig] up the vines in winter and [dig] down in spring, plowing deeply to force the vine to put down deep and lasting roots. Maintaining the vineyard in this traditional manner is ecologically sound; it pollutes less than herbicides and helps to balance variations in humidity. Yesterday we were called old-fashioned, today we're avant-garde.” Their method is one imparted to add stress to the vines – sans any sort of neglect or abuse – but more so to educate, train, and make the vines healthier and more hearty with time.

The result of their efforts is truly astounding. Wines crafted in classic Bouzy power, with unmatched depth, structure, and intensity, these are some rare and compelling Champagnes with some of the most powerful structure I’ve ever encountered, without the customary triple-digit price tag wines of this caliber often require. And the prestige carries beyond the grapevines. Didier and Thierry practice block malolactic fermentation in their winemaking facilities to preserve the serene brightness and freshness that malic acid emits. They actively pursue minerality, which is an abundant quality for Cote des Blancs wines but less apparent in this section of the Montagne de Reims, where powerful fruit backbones typically define the style of Bouzy. 

To highlight and preserve their individual lots, the brothers vinify each parcel’s fruit separately in thermoregulated stainless steel, helping identify each wine’s individual characters pre-blending. In the grand finale, they practice virtuous patience to allow it all to come together with 5 years aging on the lees – providing ample time for the citrine acidity and chalky minerality to integrate to perfection. With 80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay, a slight dosage of 4 grams per liter helps to preserve those zippier elements, as well.

The final product is something dripping with fresh golden apples, plus grated ginger, melty shortbread cookies, and loads of cinnamon, iron ore, and clove. As the mousse softens in the glass, additional notes of poached pear, lemon meringue, hazelnuts, and chipped flint develop for a warm and toasty experience in the mouth, accented with plenty of touches of ripeness and spice. This is a Champagne that persists – lengthening to finish bright, tart, and poised to utmost elegance – with suitable drinking power now and life to extend another several years. We’re always thrilled to have a Bouzy Vesselle to grab hold of – especially one of this caliber and careful production! We’ve heard only the most glowing of feedback when we’ve featured this wine in the past – and can’t help but agree that it’s rapidly becoming a Last Bubbles favorite! Let’s see if it becomes one of yours too (spoiler alert: it absolutely will).

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Didier and Thierry Vesselle
Farming Method: HVE Certified
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Peking Duck

About the Producer

Maurice Vesselle founded the house in 1955 in Bouzy. Today it is managed by his two sons, Didier and Thierry. Their holdings include 7.5 hectares, all which are Grand Cru in the communes of Bouzy and Tours sur Marne. All wines are made without malolactic fermentation to preserve freshness in the wines.

Champagne Maurice Vesselle Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut Grand Cru NV

$42
$65

Retail

35

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