Stéphane Coquillette ‘Carte d’Or’ 1er Cru

Chouilly, Champagne, NV

Stéphane Coquillette was sent off by his father, Christian, at the young age of 25 to start his own estate. Stéphane has developed a more modern approach than his fathers style at Saint-Chamant, though he couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. His wines are more precise and mineral driven, but certainly not to the point of sacrificing any ripe fruit character. Stéphane also is meticulously committed to organic practices, everything is done by hand, and his soils maintained without any use of chemicals. With more than 10 different modest parcels, he produces several single-vineyard Champagnes – a rarity in this region – and all his wines are very small production and are just screaming good champagne for the price. I don’t say that often, but I’ve always felt Stéphane’s wines simply over deliver.

The Carte d’Or has a deeper blue fruit note to it than you’d ever expect. It merely hints on the nose but on the tongue I find some pomegranate and fresh picked blueberries. Crisply perfumed of jasmine as well as being a bit ginger spicy in texture, it also displays a round ripeness that creates an awesome counterbalance.

FINE DETAILS

 ⅔ Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Mareuil + ⅓ Chardonnay from Chouilly and Cuis. Fermented in Stainless. 5 grams per liter dosage.

BOTTLE TAG

A deeper blue fruit note to it than you’d ever expect. It merely hints on the nose but on the tongue there is pomegranate and fresh picked blueberries. Crisply perfumed of jasmine and a bit ginger spicy in texture, it also displays a round ripeness that creates an awesome counterbalance.

Champagne Saint-Chamant Millesime 2008 / Blanc de Blancs 

Épernay, Champagne, NV

Champagne Saint-Chamant was established in 1930 by Pierre and Hélène Coquillette and their son, Christian, took over the estate in 1950. Now in his eighties, Christian epitomizes old school charm and class in everything that he does and has passed that sensibility on to his son Stéphane. The Saint-Chamant cellar remains almost completed hidden from view and without signage, yet it stretches for a full mile underground and holds hundreds of thousands of library bottles resting quietly, undisturbed. Basically, heaven. But his winemaking style also reflects a mostly bygone era of Champagne. To experience it now reminds me just how uniquely outstanding these wines are and how they helped shape the entire wine world because of it. 

This Champagne is voluptuous, bordering on hedonistic. Rich creme brulee (complete with the burnt sugar top), baked apple, tangerines and lemon glazed scones. The acid has not waned much as the finish is vibrant, but there are certainly complex tertiary notes on the mid palate that reveal the wines age. Ten years resting in a bottle on its lees has developed a fabulous textural depth. 

 

FINE DETAIL

100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards in Chouilly. Sustainably farmed. Fermented in Stainless Steel and Enamel tanks for 9 months and then spent the last 10 years in bottle. Disgorged upon release. 5 grams per liter dosage.

 

BOTTLE TAG

This Champagne is voluptuous, bordering on hedonistic. Rich creme brulee with burnt sugar top, baked apple, tangerines and lemon glazed scones. Vibrant acid finish, but with complex tertiary notes on the mid palate that reveal the wines age. Ten years resting in a bottle on its lees has developed a fabulous textural depth.