Ployez Jacquemart - NV Brut

Laurence Ployez is a third-generation winemaker at her family's estate, which was established in 1930. She's been running the joint since '88. Ployez-Jacquemart owns 2.15 hectares of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Ludes and Mailly-Champagne in the Montagne de Reims, known for its classic chalk slopes. Laurence also purchases some Premier Cru and Grand Cru grapes from growers that the family has worked with for over 20 years. All work is done by hand, not machines, from the beginning of the growing season until the grapes are harvested. Unlike most producers in Champagne, Laurence strives to preserve the nuances of each vintage even in her NV blends. Only first press juice goes into the wines. A light filtration is used for wines produced in vats, but no filtration on wines aged in wooden barrels. Very slow bottle fermentations in a 25-meter-deep cellar give the wines extremely fine bubbles. Wines are aged upside down, or sur pointe (instead of on their side), providing the aging benefits of the lees while keeping the wines fresh and vibrant. When the wines are ready to be disgorged, after up to 12 years in the cellar, only a very minimal dosage ensures the personality of each wine is left intact.

The NV Brut is one of the very best out there. It's crafted with 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. Disgorged October 2018 after 3 years aging. Sunrise golden-hued, it's a rich and toasty wine brimming with notes of grilled nuts, coffee, lees, baked apple, biscuit and brioche. A firm backbone of acidity keeps things fresh and focused, while glimmers of grapefruit and citrus whip the palate in line in the long, final moments. An impossibly well-knit Champagne. Clean, crisp, refreshing, with fine, persistent bubbles.

Variety Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir || Region Champagne, France || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml