Score : 92/100
The Brut Originel Cuvée by Louis de Sacy is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Meunier coming from 7 different vineyards and terroirs in order to achieve the best possible balance and expression.
Its prolonged aging for a sparkling wine aims at developing complexity and depth still preserving the natural fruit characters. So how did the winery do about this, did they achieve that goal?
The answer is in the tasting notes:
Medium yellow color, a little golden, hues of amber give the appearance of a wine that has seen some maturation.
The nose confirms this impression, it is filled with hazelnut notes, sandal wood and dough aromas suggesting the wine has evolved in oak and known a long contact with lees.
There is plenty of fresh and rich citrus tones too, ripe lemon in particular giving it a lift of freshness and fruitiness.
Complex, deep and appealing nose then overall.
There’s a lot going on over the palate too. First, I was stroke to find these intense and complex flavors provided by the wine’s long maturation: it’s oaky but it must have been used barrels as the oak flavors are subtle, and oriented on the toasted, nutty tones.
More importantly, these leesy and oaky notes do leave a lot of room to shiny lemon fruity as well as floral tones. For a mental image, imagine the wine in your mouth like a ball of bright sun in the center lighting up its surrounding with citrus and flower flavors, but surrounded with a coat of nuts and doughy aromas.
It’s fairly dry overall, just a touch of nearly-imperceptible sweetness to balance the acidity out very nicely. Good coating oily texture. Long finish.
The whole wine makes for a definitely-unique tasting experience, filled with deep and complex flavors provided by a long and careful maturation process in the cellar (this Champagne actually tastes like the smell you smell when you entre an underground winery cellar), yet letting the primary floral and fruity aromas shine through…
A wine to experience then!
Wine & Food Matching
Furthermore, this double-sided personality (oaky maturation + bright primary fruit aromas) make it a very versatile high-quality Champagne. You can imagine sipping it nonchalantly over canapés and appetizers, as well as pairing it with delicate dishes over a meal.
Enjoy like I did 😉