Henri Goutorobe Cuvee Tradition Grand Cru Ay NV
...Grower-Champagne: The Ultimate Boutique Product...
We have been beating the drum for grower champagne (houses that produce single estate wine) over the major houses for a while and feel we need to step up the attack.
Fact: Major Champagne houses churn out industrial quantities (millions of cases) of an homogenised style of wine according to a recipe and style that, often in accordance with their branding; appeals to their base and makes A LOT of money for them. Grower Champagne Houses on the other hand are smaller, artisan operations usually run by families. These operations focus on the wine, the terroir and the vintage conditions.
Fact: Grower Champagnes are rare because grape growers can make a fantastic living simply by selling their harvest to a major house like Bollinger or Moet, per tonne grape prices in Champagne are high because we are being charged extortionate prices. Moet tuns over 1.2 billion and produces about 30 million bottles annually.
Henri Goutorbe Cuvee Tradition Brut NV €37
(70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier)
Henri Goutorbe is a small family run operation with its vineyards in the Grand Cru Village of Ay. Production across their range is less than 30,000 bottles annually. Goutorbe are famous amongst growers and producers as they are one of the industry leaders of vine cutting and propagation and their nursery is responsible for some of the finest vines in Champagne. This is incredible value for what you are getting: Grand Cru fruit, made in small quantities from some of the finest vines in Champagne. This oozes class, but more importantly; value.
“Rather beguiling yet discreet nose defers to an interesting spicy person ality in the mouth, with green apple, white pepper and even cardamom in evidence; intriguing, lots to like”. DECANTER MAGAZINE GROWER CHAMPAGNE TASTING PANEL JULY 2017.
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