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Champagne Pehu-Simonet Cuvée Face Nord Brut Grand Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Pehu-Simonet Cuvée Face Nord Brut Grand Cru NV

“The NV Brut Face Nord is powerful, resonant and full of character. All of the textural intensity of Pinot Noir comes through in a creamy, expansive Champagne that delivers the goods… This is a terrific edition of the Face Nord.” – Antonio Galloni

$45
$90

Retail

50
Flavor Profile: Tart cider apples, cinnamon bark, jasmine, mandarin blossoms, Bartlett pears, starchy plantains, key limes, lychee, Rainier cherries, and salted plums
Time on Lees: 30 months
Dosage: 5 g/L
Farming Method: Certified Organic
Score: 92

Why We Love It...

We’ve featured the glorious Pehu-Simonet wines a couple of times before and they’ve gotten fantastic responses from you, most major critics, and the entire Last Bottle team (glad we can all agree, right?). This offering from their north-facing vines in the Grand Crus of Verzenay, Verzy, and Sillery is beyond impressive…especially at such a phenomenal price!

David Pehu is the fourth generation of his family to produce estate-bottled Champagnes, and in his house you can see old Veuve Pehu labels from the early 1900s. His grandfather sold Champagne under the Antonin Pehu label, and in the early 1970s, his parents created Pehu-Simonet, with the introduction of vines from his mother’s side of the family. David has been involved in production since 1988, and at the helm since 1995 – this is without question his house today. Of Pehu-Simonet’s 7.5 hectares of vines, six are in Grand Cru villages, with some 3.5 hectares of vines in Verzenay, as well as holdings in Verzy, Sillery, Mailly, and Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims, as well as 6.5 acres of chardonnay in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs. 

This newest disgorgement of Face Nord relies on a cépage of 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay – with the base vintage of 2019, filled out with some 30% of the estate’s reserves – a solera-style collection of pinot noir that dates back to 2005. The fruit is predominantly fermented in stainless steel, with about 20% allowed to ferment in oak barrels, and only a portion of that allowed to progress into malolactic fermentation. After the final blend is set, the wine is bottled and set to age on the lees for a full 30 months, before a light dosage of 5 grams per liter. This cuvee has been labeled as an Extra Brut in the past, and while this dosage would still qualify – the choice was made to opt for Brut level classification on the label.

Whatever the label boasts – there is no doubt this is a dry and fully intense wine. Aromas of fresh fall cider – with tart cider apples, cinnamon bark, and yeasty aromatics get things started here, with a gentle shift to floral elements of jasmine and mandarin blossoms over the first few minutes in the glass. The flavors are expansive and rich, with notes of Bartlett pears, starchy plantains, key limes, lychee, Rainier cherries, and salted plums. It’s tropical, then savory, then autumnal, then mineral – just crazy complex, and ever-morphing into something new and beguiling with each return sip. It’s not disjointed in the slightest – just frenetic, and well, complicated. I’m having a blast going back time and time again to sip and ponder, sip and ponder…offering a level of nuance not often found in Champagne under $50. There’s a lot going on with this, and a lot to like and dwell further on still. I’m excited to have a few for re-discovery over the next several years. Delectable, thought-provoking stuff that should be on the radar of every Champagne aficionado! While we have it, at least!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay
Winemaker: David Pehu
Farming Method: Certified Organic
Oak: 20% Barrel Fermented
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Vietnamese Banh Mi with lots of herbs and do chua

About the Producer

In the early 1970's, the Pehu-Simonet house was started by David Pehu's parents. In 1988, David got involved with the wine making process and in 1995 took over all cellar operations. David has 7.5 hectares of which 6 are Grand Cru, and the other 1.5 are Premier Cru. His vineyards are located in Verzy, Mailly, Sillery and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. David vinifies all the wines in tank or barrel, depending on site, and strictly avoids malolactic fermentation in all wines to preserve the finesse and expression of the fruit.

Champagne Pehu-Simonet Cuvée Face Nord Brut Grand Cru NV

$45
$90

Retail

50

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