From revered chalky terroir, “Fleur de Craie” (Flower of Chalk), a Blanc de Blancs, expresses freshness and finesse with a pale golden color and fine effervescence. It is made from the treasured "Coeur,” the first press. The nose is fine, with the elegance of white flowers, hints of pear and grilled notes. On the palate, the wine is complex and lively and speaks with richness and elegance of white fruit and floral notes.
Serve as an apéritif, with fish, shellfish or sushi
In 2010, the husband-and-wife team of Loïc Barrat, a viticulteur by trade, and Aurélie Masson, winemaker, established their small estate in the village of Villenauxe-la-Grande. Located 100 km from Paris, they are at the very edge of the Champagne appellation, the last vineyards before you leave the region. Per Loïc, “no, this is not the edge, it’s where Champagne begins.” Both come from highly regarded families in Champagne and are now among the must watch next generation. Their approximately 7 hectares of 40-year-old vines are certified organic, which has given the vineyards “good flora & fauna,” as Barrat puts it. Grapes are pressed on a traditional ‘Coquard’ wooden press, parcel by parcel to monitor the variations in terroir, and provide the largest palette for the final blend. Their wines show the lively character typical of the growing area – flowery, high-toned flavors and ripe forward fruit – along with a prominently chalky soil signature. We will be visiting them in January.