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Champagne Pascal Ponson Grande Reserve Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Pascal Ponson Grande Reserve Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Pascal Ponson Grande Reserve Brut NV

Micro-Production Reserve Champagne!

$39
$57

Retail

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Flavor Profile: Red apples, butter cookies, lemon zest, tangerine, and brown butter pears
Time on Lees: 56 months
Dosage: 9 g/L
Farming Method: Organic Practices

Why We Love It...

If you wisely snagged some of the previous Pascal Ponson we offered a couple months back… listen up! You gobbled up every last half bottle of this cuvee in record time. We just received a parcel of the regular-size bottles – the perfect Champagne to load up on for this holiday season! The half bottles were a steal at $25 each, but double that? For under $40? Even better!

Maxime and Camille Ponson have absolutely stopped me in my tracks with this portfolio – for a house I had never heard of until just recently, and with their relatively young age and lack of traditional experience (due to their father’s untimely death) – one could understand if these wines were lacking polish or complexity…yet just the opposite is the case! Beautifully developed, with silky, creamy textures, and a harmonious balance of spice, acidity, and boisterous fruit – these are simply stunning wines that surely make their father, Pascal, as proud as any father could be! 

These brothers have turned their father’s house into one of the most exciting up-and-coming grower-producers in all of Champagne, and these are really just their first few releases trickling out into the world… I, for one, can’t wait to see what the future holds!

The Ponson family has made wine and farmed vineyards in the Montagne de Reims for five generations now, with a more recent transition to organic, and biodynamic, farming practices thanks to the young brothers. They continue with natural practices in the cellar – all native yeast, naturally-occurring fermentations, no fining or filtering, and never intervening, to either encourage or prevent malo-lactic fermentation in their wines. Their only addition is a scant dose of sulfur when necessary, and only right after the fruit is harvested in that case.

Their holdings amount to 13+ hectares, spread across the Petite Montagne sub-region of the Montagne de Reims, with the majority of their vineyards in Vrigny, Coulommes-la-Montagne (where the winery stands), Pargny-lès-Reims, Jouy-lès-Reims, Ville-Dommange, Sacy, and Ecueil. The planting mix is dominated by some 70% pinot meunier, with the remaining 30% spread amongst equal parts pinot noir & chardonnay. 

This Grande Réserve Brut combines 34% pinot meunier, 33% chardonnay, and 33% pinot noir from their best parcels of vines, and the best lots of the family’s reserves. The elevage occurs over 5 years aging on the lees, with a Brut level dosage of 9 g/liter afterward. Now at one year under cork, this bottle packs a bubbly wallop – especially for the price! Opening with bright sensations of red apples and crumbly butter cookies, then spritzy and zesty in the mouth with lemon peel, tangerine, and alyssum. A rich note of brown butter-baked pears leads to a delectably pleasing finish, and a warm happy sensation from my brain to my belly. Simply perfect for your holiday parties, apple-picking excursions, and championship football weekends! While they last, that is…

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 34% Pinot Meunier, 33% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot noir
Winemaker: Maxime Ponson
Farming Method: Organic Practices
Alcohol: 12%
Production: 500
Pair it with: Confit chicken thighs with Sauce Chasseur

Champagne Pascal Ponson Grande Reserve Brut NV

$39
$57

Retail

32

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