Highly regarded by champagne specialists but rather ‘insider’ until recently, Agnès Corbon’s 3.5ha include parcels in the western Marne Valley as well as the crowning glory of 2ha of Chardonnay in Avize Grand Cru where she is based. She took over the family domaine in 2006 and has fashioned new cuves. Her hallmark is long lees-ageing and using base wines which are held in a perpetual solera type blend and also in 30hl oak foudres. Her wines show the power and minerality of Avize and the complexity of long ageing. She makes just 10,000 bottles a year.
Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book: Champagne grower to look out for in 2017 (& 18, 2019 and 2020!): Nicolas Maillart. Rising star Nicolas Maillart is technically a nègociant (NM) house not a grower, but buys only grapes from his family, and cultivates all the domaine himself. Experienced in Oregon, S Africa and Burgundy, Nicolas is […]
At long last after visits and discussion over time forming a friendship, we have been granted a precious allocation of this internationally-coveted micro producer in the Aube. Dominique Moreau cultivates just a 2,5ha contiguous parcel of lieu-dit ‘Tremble’ in the village of Polisot, in the southern Aube, near Les Riceys. The estate is named after […]
Scala Wine is sole UK importer and seller of this important elite estate which has 6 ha of pure grand cru vineyards in Verzenay and Verzy on the Grande Montagne de Reims. Alexandre Penet, a highly-qualified oenologue (wine scientist, not simply a winemaker) also buys grapes to make his entry level champagnes as Champagne Alexandre […]