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Champagne Maurice Vesselle Millésime Brut Grand Cru 2013

The “Vesselles that plow” are back! Grand Cru 2013 Grower Champagne!

$59
$100

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Flavor Profile: Chestnuts, macadamia nuts, red apples, baked pears, plum tarts, lemongrass, ginger, and umeboshi
Time on Lees: 118 months
Dosage: 5 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices and HVE Certified

Why We Love It...

My…where to start? 2013, one of the finest vintages for Champagne in the last 50 years? The fabled, and fabulous, Grand Cru lands of Bouzy and Tours sur Marne? The iconic Vesselle family? Or, how about the price?! And the wine itself? We simply love it all. If you snagged the 2008 all the way back in May…know this! That was great…but this is even better! Savory, nutty, complex, and utterly unique – this is Champagne for the sentient, without question!

Back in 1955, a young Maurice Veselle, the fourth generation in a large family of winemakers in Bouzy, first branched out on his own and put his name on a Champagne label. The Vesselle family is one of Champagne's most prodigious and respected lines, and the stakes were high. Now, nearly seven decades of success later, the Maurice Vesselle house rests in the capable hands of his two sons, Didier and Thierry. If you’ve had the opportunity to taste any of the recent releases from these brothers, you know, the house’s future is as bright as it has ever been.

Didier and Thierry are proudly known as the “Vesselles who plow”. And plow they do – often, and deeply. “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”, Didier explains. Think of it as a way to stress the vines – but one beyond mere neglect or torture – rather a way to educate the vines, to train them, and make them healthier and more robust over time. 

There is little doubting the brother’s results. This remarkable 2013 vintage Champagne is fantastic, serious stuff – worthy to challenge any number of Champagnes that would fetch two or three times the price! The wine opens with rich, toasty, and minerally aromas. The effect conveys the presence of a serious and brooding wine – powerful, but thoughtful, and unwilling to reveal its hand too early. After a brief settling in the glass, bountiful chestnuts, and macadamia nuts waft upward, followed by warm and ripe flavors of red apples, baked pears, and plum tarts – all nicely spiced and accented by notes of lemongrass, ginger, and Japanese salted plums…oh yes, umeboshi. The wine is perfumed and balanced, with uplifting acidity, tremendous depth, and an incredibly long finish. This is the height of a vinous, food-worthy style of champagne – able to stand next to a ribeye, but with the acidity and brightness to pair equally well with some spicy Thai curries too! I’m going with the latter here, but truly, either shall work exceptionally well.

Didier and Thierry actively block malolactic fermentation in the winery, preserving the brightness and freshness that malic acid maintains. They seek out minerality – a quality abundant in the wines of the Côte des Blancs, but somewhat more elusive in this portion of the Montagne de Reims, as powerful pinot fruit-driven backbones define the style of Bouzy. For this reason, they vinify plot by plot in temperature-controlled stainless steel, allowing them to highlight and preserve those lots that achieve the qualities they seek and build out their final blends from there. And finally, they show the necessary patience to allow it all to come together– Et voilà! The 80% dominant pinot noir overpowers the slight 20% chardonnay early on in the fashioning of this cuvee, but the freshness and brightness work their magic over time, creating a wine of seamless balance. At over 40% below retail – this is a rare steal on pristinely aged Grower Champagne. The 2008 moved rather quickly, and again, as great as that was…this takes things a full step up in my opinion. Make a couple yours while we have them is my recommendation – and you can’t find these beauties anywhere else in the entire USA!

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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: Sustainable Practices and HVE Certified
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Pork Massaman Curry

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 Maurice Vesselle Millésime Brut Grand Cru 2013

$59
$100

Retail

41

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