- From: Champagne, France
Varietals: 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir
If you ask any Champagne expert to name a wine from the Vallée de la Marne’s historic village of Hautvillers, nine times out of ten the answer will be Dom Pérignon. Often referred to as the “cradle of Champagne,” this is where the iconic 17th-century monk, Dom Pérignon, developed new techniques that largely influenced the Champagnes we see today.
And yet, while the history here is rich and significant, Hautvillers holds so much more than “Dom.” Considered one of the finest Premier Cru villages in Champagne, this is a grape-growing paradise for passionate grower-producers, with Louis Nicaise at the forefront of its stellar lineup.
Laure Nicaise-Préaux represents the fourth generation of the Nicaise family and took over the domaine in 2007 with her husband, Clément Préaux. Before becoming a part of the Nicaise family, Clément apprenticed with revolutionary winemaker Anselme Selosse (of Champagne Jacques Selosse in the Côtes de Blancs) and was able to absorb the intricacies of Champagne. He learned the advantages of low-yielding vines, supremely ripe fruit, minimal use of sulfur, and the art of blending reserve wines. From there, he worked at the prominent cooperative Mailly-Champagne, working exclusively with Grand Cru grapes from over 70 growers. He was, in essence, the timely missing puzzle piece at the Louis Nicaise.
Tasting Notes: This vintage bubbly is rich and generous with flavors of deep yellow orchard fruit, cured lemon, baked bread, and honey butter. Long, round, and electric; indulgent in the best way.
Pairing: We recommend enjoying this bottle with lobster risotto.
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