Champagne Louise Brison Cuvée Tendresse Blanc de Blancs 2011
Country: France Region: Côte des Bar, Champagne Grapes: Chardonnay Vintage: 2014
Disgorged July 2019 with 4g/l sugar
Single-plot Chardonnay vinified and aged in oak barrels
Winemaker notes: 2011 was a particularly wet year and therefore an intense, difficult vintage. As a result, we started harvesting on August 29th because the levels of rot were becoming difficult to manage. After that, we pulled out all the tools of a good technician and gave it everything we had: sorting grapes on the vine to eliminate unripe or rotten grapes and other material, sorting in the press, the rigorous management of juices, spacing out the first 200 litres of press, and above all, controlling the vinification of grapes for quality control. In this kind of vintage, what counts is the work done at the start of the process, which is why we need to do everything in our power to extract the best juice. The result of all this work is a very fruity wine that is now displaying a pleasing fullness – a beautiful round texture, fine bubbles, and a hint of hazelnut on the finish.
Tasting Notes Nose: Warm nose displaying aromas of mirabelle plums in brandy, almond, and subtle pear notes. Palate: Balanced and beautifully fresh, with notes of white fruit, almonds, violet, and a pleasant toasted finish.
Suggested food pairings: Risotto or creamy pasta paired with morel mushrooms, fish, scallops or seafood, white meat, gingerbread.
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In 1910, Louise Brison began cultivating a few acres of vines at a time when winemaking was not very lucrative. The estate is now managed by Louise Brison’s great-granddaughter, Delphine Brulez, who employs practices that enable natural biodiversity to flourish. The estate has operated in an organic manner since 2012 and has been certified organic since 2020.