Stop by any time between now and Valentine’s Day to taste a Champagne ideal for sharing with your sweetheart or anyone that just loves good wine. Pickup a bottle or two at special discount prices.
The Grower/Producer Champagne Goutorbe-Bouillot is a small estate located in the village of Damery just west of the Premier Cru of Dizy. Their 20 acres are spread over 30 parcels in the Vallée de la Marne where the grape variety of Pinot Meunier is the traditional dominant vine. The average age of the vineyard parcels is around 35 years, though some parcels are almost a century old.
Pinot Meunier has a reputation as being Champagne’s workhorse grape, it is widely used in non-vintage blends because its fruitiness and early development help soften the wines and make them more approachable when young. But many of the growers that focus on the quality of fruit before any thoughts of cellar work are able to produce Champagne of great distinction with Pinot Meunier as the base. Goutorbe-Bouillot is clearly one of them.
~$44 Champagne Goutorbe-Bouillot “Carte d’Or”
Cuvée “Carte d’Or” is a non-vintage blend of 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. The reserve portion is about half of the blend and comes from a solera system started in 1980. To add a precision to its vibe of creamy and delicate orchard fruits the wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation. “Carte d’Or” spends three years on the lees before disgorgement and has a dosage of eight grams per liter. It is a seriously crowd-pleasing bottle of bubbles.
~$58 Champagne Goutorbe-Bouillot “Rosé”
Goutorbe-Bouillot “Rosé” is a similar blend to the “Carte d’Or” but gets its deep sunset hue and marked dark fruit energy from the addition of about six to eight percent of red wine made from Pinot Meunier. The Pinot Meunier portion of the wine comes from vines of 60 years in age, adding concentration and complexity. Goutorbe-Bouillot “Rosé” also does not go through malolactic fermentation and has a slightly smaller dosage of seven grams per liter. It’s voluptuous with a monumental finish. Only about 3,500 bottles are produced each year.
$153 Champagne Goutorbe-Bouillot “Clos des Monnaies” 2010
The Clos des Monnaies was first planted by Jules Goutorbe in 1930 and is one of only a score of walled vineyards in Champagne. It is just a little over a half acre in size and was named for the Roman coins found on the site. A blend of 50% Pinot Meunier and 50% Chardonnay, fermentation and aging takes place in neutral oak barrels and after 50 months on the lees, the wine is disgorged and rests for a year in bottle before release. A dosage of four grams per liter brings this wine into the Extra-Brut classification. All the freshness and energy are there coupled with a rich and round palate beneath a market Sunday of complex aromatics. Just 1282 bottles of the 2010 vintage were produced.