The Friday Fizz: ANDRE CLOUET Cuvee 1911 Grand Cru Brut, Champagne, NV

The Person:jean-francois-clouet-copy_24
Jean François Clouet – owner, manager, promoter, motive force, force of nature

The Place:
Clouet’s grand cru estate vineyards the village of Bouzy (Montagne de Reims, Champagne)

The Story:
Run by Jean François Clouet, Andre Clouet is a small producer in the Montagne de Reims in Champagne specializing in Pinot Noir-dominant cuvees. Some of the wines for this “Cuvee 1911” were fermented in Sauternes barrels originally used to make Ch. Daisy Daene. Jean François won the original barrels in a poker game and he liked the result so much he has continued to buy them.

Bear's Hat at the top of the grand cru slope above the village of Bouzy in Champagne

Bear’s Hat at the top of the grand cru slope above the village of Bouzy in Champagne

The Wine:
ANDRE CLOUET Cuvee 1911 Grand Cru Brut, Champagne, NV
This 12% alcohol, 100% Pinot Noir estate-bottled cuvee comes from the grand cru village of Bouzy. The blend is 50% from the 1996 vintage, 25% from 1995, and 25% from 1997. Some of the component wines were fermented in used Sauternes barrels and some were aged in older oak barrels. The wine was laid down in early 1998 and disgorged on 06/05/2014 – so it has 16 years on the lees.   Gold-straw in color, bright and clear and fully sparkling; dry, medium-plus bodied with a rich texture, still fresh acidity, and scant phenolics.  This is a stunningly good, beautifully developed sparkler with depth and richness to go with a perfectly integrated mix of mineral, toast, and developed citrus-tree-red fruit. Lovely, delicious, satisfying. BearScore: 98+.

 

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