Emilien Feneuil - 2015 Les Puits Premier Cru Champagne
Émilien Feneuil is a young, wildly talented artisan vigneron who works his own plots in the Premier Cru territory of Sermiers. The soils here comprise many geological layers – sand, marl, clay and soft limestone – releasing a stunning salinity that persists into the wines. Émilien's 4 plots total a tiny 2.37 hectares, and are all farmed organically without any herbicides, chemical or synthetic fertilisers. In the cellar, he works in a natural way, allowing the terroir to sing a loud and soulful song.
This Brut nature blanc de noir is the result of extraordnary vineyard work. Careful selection of 100% Pinot Noir from Émilien's organic vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts and 11 months élevage in old Burgundy barrels. Aged in bottle for a further 3 years. Zero dosage. Pinky golden in hue, it energetically greets into your mouth with persistent tiny bubbles of beautiful buoyancy, making you feel as though they might just carry you up to the clouds. Aromas of red fruits – raspberry, pomegranate, gooseberry – along with hibiscus and glimmers of marzipan lure you nose-first into the glass. The palate is spliced with incredible tension, concentration and structure, exuding flavours of red berries, herbs, almond blosson and rhubarb, tempered with moreish salinity. This is a wine very worthy of cellaring, but it is also drinking beautifully right this second. Enjoy it from a larger glass, not too cold. Wow.
Variety Pinot Noir || Region Champagne, France || ABV 12.5% || Vol 750ml