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Staff Pick

Eric Rodez "Empreinte de Terroir Pinot Noir" Champagne - 2004

Item # 36046 750mL
$186.96/ Single Bottle
$560.88 $532.84/ Case of 3
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Tasting Notes

One of Eric Rodez's prestige collection of Champagnes that he calls "Empreinte de Terroir" or terroir imprint - something many Champenois didn't believe existed or mattered in the past however the best of the Grower Producers are changing this notion entirely. This bottle is a vintage-dated, monovarietal Champagne from Rodez's best parcels and is made only in the best vintages and is vinified entirely in oak barrels.


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Staff Pick Notes

Eric Rodez family has been making wine for 9 generations, and there is a 10th generation in the works. They are located in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, which is the heart of Pinot Noir country in Champagne. This all Pinot Noir vintage 2004 cuvee is as good as it gets when it comes to single varietal expressions in Champagne. Here the average age of the vines is over 40 years, wood barrel fermentation and no cold stabilization or filtration. All that just boils down to a lot of care is taken by Eric, from vineyard to bottle, and that passion shows of wine. This is a wine that will make almost any occasion special. On its own this wine shines with depth and power but also elegance and grace. For me though, this wine truly is in its element with salty and rich foods.

- JGM

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