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Bernard Remy Carte Blanche

Special Price $55.00 Regular Price $65.00
A stunningly complex Champagne. The nose offers mushroom and truffle, shortbread and stonefruits too. The palate offers all of the above and a meatiness from the Pinot Noir component. As the wine opens there is also nectarine and apple. Persistence of flavour and intensity are exceptional.
Bernard Remy Carte Blanche
Wine Specs
Region
Champagne, France
Winery
Bernard Remy
Winemaker
Rudy Remy
Bling
Outstanding Silver Medal - Int'l Wine & Sprit Comp 2017, Silver - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Silver - Int'l Wine & Sprit Comp 2016
Alcohol %
12
Size
750 mL
Nearly 50 years ago Bernard Remy bought his first vineyard in Champagne. Though the House has expanded greatly since then it remains a tiny producer, making just 15000 cases a year. They have a range of vineyards in the famed Côte Des Blancs, including Le Mesnil which is considered to be close to perhaps the best sub-region of Champagne. These are exquisite wines full of delicacy, creaminess and life.
Matt in Prowein & Champagne 2017
Matt in Prowein & Champagne 2017

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Bernard Remy
Bernard Remy

On the road in Champers Matt spent a fair whack of time at Bernard Remy. Here’s Matt having a glass with winemaker Rudy and Rudy filling a glass... even winemakers can’t pour straight! Check out the vid too as Remy and Virginie explain riddling, disgorgement and adding the secret Liqueur d’expedition. Champagne starts its life as a normal, still wine but the ageing on lees (dead yeast cells) and the final addition of liqueur, generally made from a blend of aged reserve wines and a little sugar transform it from the ordinary into something special. Wineries like Bernard Remy who start with much higher than average quality fruit start at special and work their way into magical territory.

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Matt's postcards from Champagne and beyond...

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Côte des Blancs
Côte des Blancs

The Côte des Blancs, or ‘hillside of the whites’ is named for its predominance of white grape vineyards. It is one of 5 wine producing districts within Champagne and is planted primarily to Chardonnay. Along with the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs is considered to produce the best Champagne grapes and these 2 areas have the highest concentration of vineyards designated Premier Cru and Grand Cru. The Côte des Blancs has a reputation for producing the best Chardonnay in Champagne, allowing wines of great complexity, finesse and age worthiness. It provides the Chardonnay for many vintage Champagnes and prestigious bottling from the larger houses. The slopes of the Côte des Blancs face south east and east, situated on a bed of chalk which is very close to the surface, covered generally by just a little soil. Topsoils are generally only 30 centimetres deep so the vine roots into chalk at less depth than almost anywhere else in Champagne. This allows

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