• Champagne Guy Charlemagne Réserve Brut Blanc de Blancs and Brut Extra

    It's obvious that champagne has the ability to express distinctions between different terroirs, and the evidence for this is abundant. I was reminded of this while tasting the wines of Guy Charlemagne, who makes two different non-vintage bruts for this very reason.

    Of the estate's 15 hectares of vines, six lie in the Côte de Sézanne, while most of the rest are in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, in the Côte des Blancs. Charlemagne's Brut Extra is made from the Sézannais vines, and it shows the round, forward fruitiness and gently stony minerality typical of the region. In contrast, the Réserve Brut comes exclusively from vines in Le Mesnil and Oger, and here the incisive chalkiness and racy, elegant structure
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