Penet-Chardonnet, Champagne Grand Cru ‘TerroirEscence’
Made from a special selection (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay) of Grand Cru parcels in Verzy and Verzenay (Montagne de Reims) and blended with oak-barrel-matured reserve wines, this champagne expresses both the essence of its terroir and the style of Maison Penet. Its golden hue hints at maturity, the nose melds concentrated, candied citrus with a toasty character. On the palate, the attack is round and full with ripe grapefruit and melon aromas, then softens mid-way with notes of vanilla and toasted nuts. A tight vein of acidity gives the wine great vivacity and drinkability. The finish is long, complex, mineral to the point of saline. For optimal ageing follow up and traceability, the disgorgement date is mentioned on the back label and the bottles are individually numbered. 12%. Drink now to 2025.
Jancis Robinson 17/20 (2018); Robert Parker Wine Advocate 89+/100 (2016); Vinous – A. Galloni 91/100 (2017); Guide des vins Bettane + Desseauve 2017 17/20
Serving suggestions: This is a gastronomic champagne to enjoy with food: vegetable soufflés, foie gras, poultry with a creamy sauce, and cheese (try Chaource, a specialty from the Champagne region).
La Maison Penet
Distinctive champagne producer La Maison Penet makes wine under the Alexandre Penet and Penet-Chardonnet Grand Cru brands. All their sparkling wines are generally hard to find outside France. 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.