Vincent Couche Champagne - Elegance Brut NV
Ships to: DC, VA, CA
Size: 750 ml
Grapes: 77 % Pinot Noir, 23 % Chardonnay
Region: Côtes de Bar, France - Champagne AOC
Organic & Biodynamic farming. Hand harvested. Fermented with natural yeasts, 10% is vinified in old oak barrel from Drouin(Chablis). Malolactic in barrel. No batonnage. First Vincent makes a wine, then he makes a Champagne.
Aromatic notes of apple blossom, ground ginger and anise, with crunchy pear, raspberry and chopped almond accents. Its considerable bottle age gives complexity and depth and indeed, this is particularly interesting and engaging for a non vintage blend. Dry in style yet quite ripe. This is one of the best value champagnes at this price.
Third generation winemaker Vincent Couche produces fine champagnes from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, grown using strictly organic and biodynamic methods, on 13 hectares of vineyards in the heart of the Côte des Bar in the Aube, Champagne's southern region (3 hectares of Chardonnay in Montgueux on chalky soil and 10 hectares in Buxeuil, primarily planted to Pinot Noir, on Argilo Calcaire or Argilo Marneux soil). Under conversion since 2008, he received Ecocert and Demeter certification in 2011. Truly passionate about the health of his vines, Vincent believes that great wine is made in the vineyards, and prefers as little intervention as possible in the winery.
Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates. Pinot noir is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. The thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium bodied and low tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wine ages, pinot has the potential to develop more vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used in the production of white wine. The Chardonnay grape itself is neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the wine being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France, to New World wines with oak and tropical fruit flavors. In cool climates, Chardonnay wine tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear. In warmer locations, the flavors become more citrus, peach, and melon, while in very warm locations, more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes.
Champagne is always perfect for pairing with any food. Best pair with:
- Triple cream cheese or sweet bread and mascarpone cheese
- Butter cream sauce or even buttered popcorn
- Shrimp and shellfish, smoked salmon, caviar, fried calamari, and oysters.
- Salami, veggies, stuffed mushrooms, egg dishes, foie gras.
- Oysters rocafella
- Grilled chicken breast with grapefruit glaze
- Poached eggs with parmesan and smoked salmon toast
- Chilled peach soup with fresh goat cheese