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Champagne Régis Poissinet Blanc de Noirs Les Clos Paillot Extra Brut 2017 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Régis Poissinet Blanc de Noirs Les Clos Paillot Extra Brut 2017

Only 600-some bottles of this incredibly limited, 100% pinot meunier Champagne exist and we made a deal to secure almost half of them. With 97 points, an undeniably complex bouquet of flavors, and prodigy-level winemaking – this is one of the most interesting Champagnes I’ve ever tasted from a seriously up-and-coming region.

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Flavor Profile: Jasmine, wisteria, plum blossoms, salted white plums, fresh fino sherry, river stones, chalk, camphor, toasted hazelnuts, samphire, chocolate, passion fruit, Turkish coffee, and green cardamom
Time on Lees: 75 months
Dosage: 1.75 g/L
Farming Method: Certified Biodynamic

Why We Love It...

Régis Poissinet knew from the ripe age of 14 that he wanted to one day become a Champagne grower and producer. Growing up with a deep admiration for nature, he spent his childhood in his family’s vineyards before taking on several apprenticeships at various vineyards and observing myriad winemaking techniques, studying the contrasts, and forming his own opinions and style. Today, he runs his estate of 7 hectares of vineyards in the Marne Valley, producing low-intervention, biodynamic sparkling wines boasting richness of terroir and pleasurable complexity – like this 2017 extra brut Champagne Les Clos Paillot, all harvested from the same named parcel…a rare 100% pinot meunier walled vineyard site with a chalky, mineralistic edge and biting crispness that buzzes down the spine in an electrifyingly delightful manner. Only 635 bottles of this 97-point vintage Champagne – this is an ultra-limited, immaculate, and special find to add to your line-up!

Historically, the Marne Valley has been picked over by the Champagne mega-houses as a top source of “backbone” for their multitude of cuvées. Régis, however, has proudly tasked himself with the project of showcasing the region’s fruits and terroirs, as a native to these vines who grew up tending to them. His focused studies armed him with the knowledge and wherewithal to one day take over his family’s land, and like many growers, his focus here is to showcase the distinctness of the terroir and the region’s favorite son, pinot meunier. He moved to completely sustainable and biodynamic farming practices in 2011, and the payoff has been palpable. The vines average age of 33 years old but still produce at their utter prime, spread among more than 35 different parcels across the villages of the Marne Valley.

The Marne’s typical limestone clay soils are responsible for the power and depth of this revered site – and an ideal environment for pinot meunier. The 2017 vintage was harvested by hand, and followed with traditional vinification, using only natural yeasts and with a resting period of over 6 years on lees before disgorgement. The final dosage of a sparse 1.75 g/L keeps this rich and voluptuous extra brut dry and penetrating– but the end result is anything but Spartan or lean.

Perfumed aromas of jasmine, wisteria, and plum blossoms, followed by a deeply entrancing entry of salted white plums, and a fresh fino sherry greet you effusively upon opening the bottle. Minerals abound on the palate, with lively river stones, chalk, and warming notes of camphor and toasted hazelnuts. The depth is matched only by this wine’s power, and this rare beauty is among the most unique Champagnes I’ve ever tasted. Is that samphire? Melted chocolate and passion fruit? Turkish coffee with a dusting of fresh, green cardamom? Seriously fun, incredibly captivating stuff, no question. It’s an achievement, and a rare, top cuvée worthy of any Champagne aficionado.

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Vallée de la Marne
Vineyard: Les Clos Paillot
Varietal: Pinot Meunier
Winemaker: Régis Poissinet
Farming Method: Certified Biodynamic
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Peking Duck with plum sauce

About the Producer

Since 1947, Champagne Régis Poissinet has been farming land in the Marne Valley. The vines average 33 years old, contain 35 different parcels spread though the villages of Cuchery, Baslieux, Leuvrigny, Troissy and Mareuil le Port. Their focus is on the land and farming biodynamically.

Champagne Régis Poissinet Blanc de Noirs Les Clos Paillot Extra Brut 2017

$129
$199

Retail

35

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