Barrat-Masson ‘Fleur de Craie’ Extra Brut, Sézannais, Champagne, France NV (2016)
GRAPE: 100% CHARDONNAY
100% Chardonnay all from the 2016 vintage, even though it is not considered a ‘vintage’ Champagne. Organic farming. 9 months on fine lees in 85% stainless, 15% barrel. Sur lattes 24 month, 3 months in bottle before release. This bottling is Zero Dosage.
Aurélie Barrat and Loïc Masson are a husband and wife team that are truly living the dream. Their winery borders the Marnes and Aube, perched right on the edge of the Champagne border. Or, as Loïc would say “No, this is not the edge, it’s where Champagne begins.” They took over the family property, swiftly converted to Organic farming and have found a fine balance between traditional and modern technique to create these amazing small batch wines. They vinify the grapes from each of their small plots individually, about 10% in older barrel, but essentially do everything they can to make sure this cuvee is a transparent window to the fruit they grow in their deep chalk soils.
Crunchy, chalky and snappy. Green apple tartness with both the scent and flavors of lime leafs. The minerality reminds me a bit of gunpowder (think old school cap guns from childhood), as well as earthy white sage and a touch of saltiness. The acid profile tightens the cheeks for sure, but the sensation is almost like something spicy as opposed to just straight mouth watering. This would be magic sauce with oysters or some good sashimi.