The Place: the Grand Cru Village of Verzy in the Montagne de Reims area of Champagne.
I first tasted this new Sacy cuvee a couple of times at VinExpo in June of 2013. It is the first time Sacy has ever made a single variety (in this case all Chardonnay) Champagne and it is the first Sacy Champagne to come from a single site. Since it’s arrival in Texas, I have now tasted it (OK, drunk it) another several times. The wine is a real treat and is now “in the Champagne rotation” for us. And the price is right.
LOUIS SACY “Cuvee Inedite” Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut, Champagne, NV ($36.49)
A 12% alcohol 100% Chardonnay Champagne from the single Grand Cru village of Verzy (better known for Pinot Noir) in the Montagne de Reims. Before champenization, the base wines undergo full malo-lactic fermentation and after get 3 years aging en tirage. The result is a pale green-gold straw in color and fully sparkling; dry, medium-plus-bodied with fresh acidity and scant but present phenolics. This is a richer style all Chardonnay Champagne offering riper lemon and other citrus along with integrated mineral and toast. Normally, blanc de blancs is more in the aperitif range of Champagne but this one has the richness to go into the meal. Opens and evolves with time in the glass. BearScore: 93.