Guiborat ‘Téthys.16’ Grand Cru, Cramant, Champagne, France NV (2016)
GRAPE: 100% CHARDONNAY
100% Chardonnay, all 2016 as the name hints, though it’s not bottled as a ‘vintage’ Champagne. From Grand Cru sites in Cramat, Chouilly, and Oiry. Organic Farming. 7 months in stainless, then blended and spends 30 months on the lees. Dosage is 4.5 grams.
Richard Fouquet had his eye on making Champagne since he was very young. So by the ripe old age of 18, he had moved to the family Domaine at edge of Cramant and began his tutelage under his grandmothers watchful eye. The estate has been there since 1885 and they’ve long been a grower for Laurent-Perrier, keeping a small amount of their very best Grand Cru fruit to make the Guiborat wines. Richard and his wife Karine now run the show and they are making insanely good wine that fully embodies everything that is special about Grower Champagnes. This cuvée is called ‘Tethys’ named after the Greek goddess of the sea and the name of the ancient ocean which previously covered Champagne. And although this wine has ample minerality, it is truly a celebration of Chardonnay’s beauty and power.
Guiborat Champagnes are always ripe with bright aromatics and this one is all jasmine flowers and citrons and white melons. Reminds me of when you find the perfect melon by smelling the rinds in a produce aisle. Tart mango, almonds and river stones chime in with perfect harmony on the palate and then it fires the salivary glands into overdrive. Drooling may occur, but fear not, such is the shameless and crude nature of true Champagne lovers.