Champagne Avize-Champ Caïn

2008

Very limited. Please inquire.

Jacquesson began producing a NV blanc de blancs from its Avize holdings in the late 1940s. When the Chiquet brothers took over, one of their first decisions was to make this a vintage bottling. This enabled them to make a better wine and freed up a terrific source of Grand Cru Chardonnay with which to improve their non-vintage (then the Brut Perfection) in problematic years. Vintage 1990 was the first commercial release, based upon three lieu-dits: La Fosse, Némery, and Champ Caïn.

Beginning with the 2002 vintage, Champ Caïn was pinpointed as the source for the Avize cuvée. This further freed up steady sources of Grand Cru Chardonnay for the 7-series, while permitting Jacquesson to make a wine from an excellent site to reflect a specific terroir. Jacquesson’s parcel of Champ Caïn measures 1.30 hectares (3.2 acres) and was planted in 1962.

97 points
"...showing brilliantly, soaring from the glass with a lively bouquet of waxy lemon rind, green apple, walnuts, marzipan and subtle hints of drawn butter and honey. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with terrific concentration, mid-palate volume and structural tension, with a deeper, broader profile than the 2008 Core Bautray tasted alongside. The finish is long, saline and chalky. While Hervé Chiquet observes that Jacquesson has made considerable progress—especially in the vineyards—in the last decade that the 2008 necessarily doesn't reflect, this is nonetheless a brilliant Champagne."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
, August 2019
95 points
"The 2008 Extra-Brut Avize Champ Gain is rich, ample and creamy. Graphite, dried herbs, hazelnut and tropical notes fill out the wine’s ample frame effortlessly. Textural richness and vibrancy melded together make the Champ Gain absolutely compelling. Tropical overtones add shades of nuance to a Champagne that shows all of the resonance and breadth that are such Avize signatures. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: April, 2018."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinousmedia.com
, July 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB0596-08
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling
Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Farming Type: 
Sustainable