Stéphane Coquillette ‘Carte d’Or’ 1er Cru
Chouilly, Champagne, France 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.