‘Blanchefleur’ 2017 Blanc de Blancs
After a stellar response to the our first méthode traditionelle* sparkling the 2016 ‘Blanchefleur’ Blanc de Blancs, including Winestate Magazine rating her equal best sparkling in NSW at the Wines of NSW Show in April 2018, we are excited to be launching the 2017 vintage.
*Méthode traditionelle is the name given to the production of sparkling where secondary fermentation (i.e. the creation of the bubbles) occurs in the bottle with extended bottle development and time on lees. It is called the traditional method to reflect its adherence to the guidelines set down for the production of Champagne in France.
2016 ‘La Comtesse’ Chardonnay
Like the 2016, the 2017 vintage is very elegant and lithe with a crisp, dry finish with aromatics of brioche and lingering lemon notes. ‘Blanchefleur’ is a vintage sparkling produced to embody the purity of our ultra-cool climate Chardonnay grapes, and meticulous approach to winemaking.
Blanc de Blancs (“White of Whites”) represent the very best of Champagnes and are commonly referred to as the “Wine Insiders’ Champagne” due to their very fine bead (‘small bubbles’), elegance and longevity. Notable Blanc de Blancs include Louis Roederer’s Cristal, Krug’s Clos de Mesnil or the most exclusive Champagne, Salon. They are particularly well suited for celebrations or as the perfect aperitif.
Blanchefleur is extra brut (3 g/l dosage), meaning she is beautifully matched with lobster and seafood with creamy sauces, oysters and scallops, truffles risotto, fried chicken, fresh fruit desserts and homemade cheesecake or triple cream cheese like Brillat-Savarin. As she ages, and the freshness starts converting into richness, she will pair perfectly with richer, gamey meats.
She is named after Blanchefleur (White Flower) de Beaurepaire. Under the patronage of Marie, Countess of Champagne and Daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII, Chrétien de Troyes penned the first romantic novel and first written account of the Quest for the Holy Grail called le Conte du Graal in the early Twelfth Century. The story follows the quest of the young knight, Perceval (the namesake for our Pinot Noir) as he seeks out the Fisher King. He encounters a besieged castle (Beaurepaire) commanded by a beautiful lady (Blanchefleur). Perceval falls in love with Blanchefleur after which he challenges the besieging knight to single combat, is victorious, liberates the castle and later marries Blanchefleur de Beaurepaire.
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