Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru, Champagne, France
It contains 10 % of reserve wines, that is to say wines kept from previous vintages for further complexity and depth.
This Champagne sparkling wine is kept on its lees in the bottle for at least 3 years. It is disgorged as close as possible to being sold and distributed to maintain as much freshness and character from the original wine.
This Champagne comes in a mat transparent bottle, letting its lemon-green color apparent from the outside.
A nice effect, especially because the wine has a bright color, rather pale with very light hues of pink. One can actually see and guess the relatively high proportion of red grapes in the blend.
Aromas are subtle, refined. Suave scents of fresh lemon and brioche dominate. Add some notes of cane brown sugar, and Christmas pudding spices, to get the complete picture of a charming elegant and complex nose.
What first strikes on the palate is the freshness, and the crispiness of the blend.
The overall feel is super smooth, but acidity is the main feature. It’s crisp and zesty accentuating the lemon and citrus flavors. Some grassiness lift the freshness feel even further.
In the meantime, the solid oily texture, the fine bubbles and silky phenolics balance out the palate and provide the super-smooth texture. They seem to work as a team with the hazelnut and sweet spices to offer great depth and complexity.
The finish is long and layered on lactone notes of wax, honey, and freshly cut grass, with a slight drying feel from the phenolics, and a clear mineral salty taste. It’s dry and mouth-watering, intriguing as well by so many layers and the extrovert minerality. As a result, you just want to go for another sip and another taste, to explore and try to understand it further.
A complex, layered, elegant and mineral Champagne wine, that should both work for sophisticated matching in high-end gastronomic restaurant or for simple relaxed enjoyment for a celebration.