The 11 hectare (27.5 acre) Vazart Coquart estate run by Jean-Pierre Vazart, makes is entirely in Grand Cru Chouilly (one of only 17 ‘grand cru’ top communes in Champagne and the most northerly wine commune of the Côte des Blancs). Camille Vazart began growing Champagne grapes in Chouilly the late 1800s. His son Jacques began making Champagne form these estate grapes in 1954. In 2005 Jean-Pierre (grandson of Camille, son of Jacques) took over from his father after a 16 year ‘apprenticeship’. As Chouilly is in the Côte des Blancs, mostly Chardonnay is grown here, but Jean-Pierre Vazart has one small plot of Pinot Noir to make a Coteaux Champenois (which colors his Chardonnay dominant Rosé Champagne). The estate has parcels of vines in most great sections of the Chouilly vineyard, including on the prized Montaigu. The estate has gradually reduced synthetic chemical use to an absolute minimum; in 2012 the estate was the third wine domaine to be awarded the highest level of Haute Valeur Environmentale certification (a stringent set of sustainable target). Vinification is in small stainless steel tanks (no barrels) to preserve the mineral delicacy and buttery floral fruit which is the signature of Chouilly. The wines reflect Chouilly. Complexity comes from full malolactic fermentation (not common in Champagne) and a perpetual ‘solera’ begun in 1982 for reserve wines. This solera wine is also used to prepare dosages. Vazart Coquart is a member of the ‘Club Trésors du Champagne’ (‘Special Club) since 1996.
VAZART COQUART Brut Reserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Champagne, NV ($49.99)
100% Chardonnay (all from Chouilly in the Cote de Blancs – average age is more than 30 years) blended from several years with 25% reserve wines from a “solera” implemented by Jacques Vazart in 1982. Disgorged in May 2015 with 2.5 years on lees. Dosage 8g/L. Straw with green highlights; dry, medium-bodied with fresh acidity and scant phenolics. Supple richer but still focused style of Blanc de Blancs. Layered and textured with mostly citrus (and some tree) fruit. Adds richness in the mouth. Delcious. Dimensional. BearScore: 93+.
VAZART COQUART Special Club Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Champagne, 2007 ($89.99)
100% Grand Cru Chardonnay made in the “Special Club rules. Disgorged in June 2015 after 7.5 years on yeasts. Dosage 8 g/L. Pale-straw color with green highlights; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and light phenolics. Very rich and developed with juicy Chardonnay ripe fruit. Dimensional, layered, ripe, and textured. Delicious. BearScore: 95.