The “sleeping beauty” reference is to its jewel-like Art Deco cellars from 1912, consisting of 1.6 miles of chalk tunnels extending 75 feet underground, which provide perfect temperature and humidity. The wines are crafted by Caroline Latrive, one of only 2 female cellar masters in Champagne. In the 17th century, the Beauséjour half of the property came into the hands of the Gerès family who were the current Lord of Camarsacs.
Mardeuil – With 30% Chardonnay, this village has the highest proportion of the variety in the Rive Gauche. Henriot gets a good chunk of this fruit along with Moët & Chandon. Except for Pierry, all the villages of the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay are autre crus. There is also quite a bit of rocky–even flinty-soil in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay. This is particularly true around the premier cru village of Pierry which was the home of the influential monk, Frère Jean Oudart. In many ways, the Grande Vallée should be thought of as the southern extension of the Montagne de Reims.
However, his near-contemporary Oudart actually used liqueur de tirage to make his wines sparkle intentionally. Likewise, in its neighbor to the west, Hautvillers , Meunier also accounts for around a third of vineyards. Of course, Moët & Chandon sees a good chunk of Hautvillers’ grapes along with Veuve Clicquot, Roederer, Jacquesson and Joseph Perrier. Meunier slowly starts to creep up in importance the further west you go.
The Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy is made up of four estates situated in the Langhe and in the Monferrato zones. Among them, the Martinenga estate, is considered one of the most renowned estates in the region. Martinenga’s 11 hectares of Nebbiolo vineyards are known as one of the greatest single vineyards dedicated to Barbaresco.
There is a phenolic texture to the mouthfeel that reminds me a bit of a Muscadet from Melon de Bourgogne. However, 300 publicly are posing new ddos there are no aromatic signs of lees contact. Moderate finish continues with the mouthwatering lemony notes.
It also highlights more of the citrus flavors from the nose, bringing some pomelo to the party. Those more defined fruits offset the oak flavors, letting the citrus dominant the medium-plus length finish. THE perfect spring and summer sipper, it’s great with all kinds of antipasti, grilled veggies, saucisson and cured meats, olives, or simply a selection of cheeses and a crusty French baguette. On the palate, those citrus lemon notes come through and are amplified by the high acidity. The medium body of the fruit helps balance the acid, keeping the wine tasting dry and crisp.