Producer: Jacques Copin (owner/grower)
Wine: Champagne Blanc de Blanc 750ml
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay from a single vineyard - "La Goutte d'Or in the Marne Valley
Vinification: The viticulture is sustainable with plowing of the soil and limited addition of synthetic products. Harvest is manual followed by pneumatic pressing. The partial fermentation is then kicked off at low-temperature in stainless steel tanks to obtain a off-dry wine with low alcohol content. The wine is then lightly filtered to keep the yeasts. The fermentation restarts naturally for a minimum of 2 months, and the overpressure created in the bottle stops any new fermentation of the grape. The Disgorgement is done by decanting the bottle under pressure, with a sterile filtration.
5 g/L of residual sugar, aging for 36 months
Tasting notes: The bubbles are numerous and fine. Intense aromas of fresh pear, hints of vanilla bean persisting as the champagne warms up in the glass letting out notes of perfume. The palate is zesty with an explosion of citrus and green apples. The finish is persistent, refreshing and lemony.
Food: Aperitif, caviar, oysters, fried chicken, chicken schnitzel, creamy risotto, cheese puffs, triple cream cheese, dessert.
Cellaring: Drink now or hold
CHAMPAGNE JACQUES COPIN
Founded in 1963 by Jacques Copin and his wife Anne-Marie, the children of ambitious winemakers, Champagne Jacques Copin’s prime focus is authenticity, quality and stability. Today, Bruno and Marielle Copin manage all aspects of the domain with the assistance of their two children, Lucille and Mathieu. Passed down from generation to generation, a historic and unique expertise allows the family to operate with precision and success. After generations of working in the region, they have gained a natural and respectful understanding of the land and the environment in Verneuil.
The Copin family develops outstanding champagnes in harmony with the cycle of nature. The Estate pays attention to the environment and their primary goal is to respect and preserve the natural surroundings of the region. Champagne Jacques Copin is a product of environmentally conscious and meticulous practices. The combination of sound practices such as erosion prevention and pruning, the use of traditional methods (manual work in the vineyard, winemaking in oak barrels) along with modern working tools (temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, micro-vinification) allows them to create unique champagnes.
The Champagne production zone (AOC vineyard area) is defined and delimited by a law passed in 1927, encompassing roughly 85,000 acres of vineyards. There are four main growing areas in the Champagne: the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, the Valley de la Marne and the Côte des Bar. Together they encompass nearly 280,000 plots of vine. 17 villages have a traditional entitlement to Grand Cru ranking and 42 to Premier Cru ranking.
Champagne has a history of vine-growing that dates back to the dawn of Christianity, and its vineyard boundaries have been defined by France’s appellation system (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or AOC) since 1927.
With its northern location, rugged climate, distinctive soil type and hillside vineyards, the Champagne terroir is the only one of its kind – as original as the wine it produces. Champagne had two major distinguishing features: northerly latitude and a dual climate that is subject to oceanic and continental influences alike.
The Marne Valley
The most attractive part of the Marne river, which is 326 miles long, is without a doubt the point at which it flows through the Champagne vineyards. The town of Château-Thierry (home of ]ean de la Fontaine who has inspired a museum and an annual festival) is surrounded by welcoming villages: Crouttes, Charly, Nogent-l’Artaud, Romeny-sur-Marne (visited by countless impressionist painters), Condé-en-Brie (castle of the princes of Condé), Mézy-Moulins (fine church) and many more.
Information by: Champagne.fr