Solemme "Esprit" 1er Cru, Brut Nature
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Organic

Solemme "Esprit" 1er Cru, Brut Nature - 2018

Item # 43021 750mL
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

Champagne Solemme was created by Olivier Langlais in 2009. He cultivates 6 hectares of vineyards spread in 5 different Premier Cru villages. With a focus on the all-important soil health, he also diversifies by using cover crops. This vintage Champagne is a blend of equal parts Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.


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Staff Pick Notes

The US has woken up to the swath of good Champagne outside the grand marquis houses. So the grower-producers of Champagne are being hunted down one-by-one, which makes it harder for folks like you and me to find great new bubbly. Solemme is one of the new kids on the block that shows a lot of promise. This cuvée reeled me in with a great bouquet: cream, biscuits, peeled citrus, and toasted nuts. The palate teeters on too dry but stays in balance with cream citrus flavors. The unknown producers won’t come to you. You have to look under a few rocks.

- SD

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