Alexandre Penet, Champagne Extra Brut NV
Pale gold in color. Fresh on the nose, elegant floral aromas, hints of citrus fruit and hazelnut. We find the same citrussy freshness on the palate, which then evolves into a balance of richness – with notes of brioche and fresh bread – and uplifting minerality. 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. 12%. Drink now to 2022.
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2018); Wine Advocate 88/100 (2016); Guide des vins Bettane+Desseauve 2015 16/20
Serving suggestions: Perfect on its own, or goes very well with oysters, scallops or lobster, and most Southeast Asian food, as long as it is not too spicy.
La Maison Penet
Distinctive champagne producer La Maison Penet makes wine under the Alexandre Penet and Penet-Chardonnet Grand Cru brands. Alexandre Penet is a great introduction to the maison’s style of artisanal, refined champagne focusing on freshness and purity, as well as expression of terroir (all their wines see low dosage – sugar addition – to preserve that purity).
The cuvées Alexandre Penet Extra Brut, Rosé Extra Brut and Grand Cru Brut Nature demonstrate both the wide range of produced champagnes as well as the quest for quality. With six hectares of Grand Cru vines in Verzy and Verzenay, Montagne de Reims, Penet-Chardonnet has received important critical acclaim, especially for its vintage cuvées and single-parcel bottlings. Penet-Chardonnet Champagne Grand Cru ‘TerroirEscence’ and Penet-Chardonnet Champagne Prestige Grande Réserve Grand Cru Extra Brut 2008 are two brilliant examples of how these wines express their exceptional terroir.