NV Champagne J.Vignier Aux Origines Blanc de Blancs
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The Collective Review
With a family history that stretches back to 1530, the story of Champagne Vignier is rich and varied, but it really starts to take shape in the mid 20th century when Nathalie Vignier's grandfather, Paul LeBrun, separated from the big negociants, and became an independent vigneron - one of the first to do so in the Cote des Blancs. Planted between 1950 and 2010, the Vignier vineyards are deeply rooted in the chalky slopes of the grand cru villages of Cramant, Oiry, Chouilly. They are tended without herbicides or pesticides, and all grapes are hand picked at optimum maturity. Together with their vineyard holdings in the Cote des Blancs, Domaine Vignier also holds vineyards in the warmer Cote de Sezanne, about 50kms to the south. The 'Aux Origines' Cuvee comes from these Cote de Sezanne vineyards, made from 100% Chardonnay. It's based on the 2014 vintage, with a portion of 2015 as well. 40 months in bottle with 5g/L dosage.
This is an outstanding Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Taut, with mineral drive and yet a generosity of fruit and layers of complexity and toast. Sensational. Read more
This will be a new name in Champagne for many of us. That can be a warning sign but on the evidence of this, have no fear. A cracking Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay). The vineyards supplying the grapes here were originally planted back in the 1960s, by the grandparents of the current custodians, in the Coteaux du Sézannais sub-region, an area from which we don't see a lot of bottles. Do the French keep them all for themselves? It has, however, long been a wonderful source of fine champagne. This Blanc de Blancs is fermented in stainless steel tanks and it does see malolactic fermentation (as do most of the wines from Champagne). Three years, four months on lees (some of their wines see much longer) with a low dosage of just 5 grams/litre. This is a non-vintage champagne, with 85% of the blend coming from the 2014 vintage and the remaining 15% from 2015. Nathalie Vignier is now the tenth generation of the family to work in Champagne, with their records dating back to 1530. Under $60? This is great buying. A lovely pale straw in colour, this offers notes of lemons and crème brulee. Hints of grilled nuts, it is richly flavoured and finely balanced. A wine of precision. This is an ideal aperitif style, but, as my nephew had just returned from the nearby creek with a couple of freshly caught mud crabs (and miraculously, all of his fingers), I can attest that it is also brilliant with freshly steamed mud crab.
This is an outstanding Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Taut, with mineral drive and yet a generosity of fruit and layers of complexity and toast. Sensational.
- Producer: Vignier
- Varietal: Champagne
- Region: Champagne
- Alcohol: 12.0%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: NV
- Cellar until 2025
Style GuideExtra Dry Fruity-Off Dry
High drinkability, suitable for many occasions, but still with the distinguishable elegance and finesse of a blanc de blancs champagne, smoothness and crisp acidity on the palate.
A blanc de blancs made from the very first vineyards planted by our Marie-Louise and Paul in Barbonne-Fayel, Coteaux du Sézannais, in the 1960s. The name of the Cuvee could be translated by “where it all began”. The village of Barbonne-Fayel has a long history related to wine and agriculture. Since the 11th century, it hosted an important Templar farm. Fossilized vine leaves of Vitis Sezannensis were found in the area in the late
19th century, being amongst the oldest European fossils of vines.
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Terroir: Côteaux du Sézannais.
Fermented in steel tanks, malo-lactic fermentation done.
Harvest: 2014 (85 %) and 2015 (15%)
Ageing: Minimum 36 months bottle ageing on fine lees.
Dosage: 5 g/L Extra Brut
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