...very pure yet complex on the densely scented nose that has a nice oxidative touch with chalk and discreet oak and mushroom aromas. Very clear and precise. The palate is dense and tensioned, very fresh and elegant and reveals a very long...structured finish with richness, saltiness and purity.
Champagne Andre Clouet is a 20-acre estate in Bouzy. The proprietor and winemaker is Jean François Clouet, whose family has owned and operated the estate since the 17th century. The estate’s prime vineyards in the Grand Cru villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay. Andre Clouet focuses on Pinot Noir based Champagne and is complimented by reviewers. Antonio Galloni of Wine Advocate has written that “Andre Clouet is based in Bouzy, a village where Pinot Noir speaks with great eloquence, as is evident on these (Andre Clouet) superb, pedigreed Champagnes.”
Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.