“Champagne” by Gerhard Eichelmann (Germany)

Champagne Gerhard Eichelmann

The family has been cultivating vines in Cramant for six generations. Today, the estate covers 16.5 hectares of vineyards in Cramant, Oiry and Chouilly, as well as in the Sézannais (Saudoy), all planted between 1950 and 2010. The estate produces two different brands. The brand named after the grandfather Paul Lebrun includes the traditional champagne of the family. In addition, there is the new brand J. Vignier, producing single vineyard champagne. One of them comes from a vineyard in the Coteaux du Sézannais, planted with a mass selection from Cramant. The wines of J.Vignier are all fermented in stainless steel with an Extra Brut dosage.

The cuvee Ora Alba Brut Grand Cru comes from Cramant, Oiry and Chouilly. It’s made of 70 percent reserve wines from 2008 and contains 30 percent of wines from 2009 and 2010 and ages on fine lees for at least four years. It shows a lot of spiciness, restrained fruit, it’s compact, powerful, takes some time to open up.

The Silexus Sezannensis is a pure Chardonnay (like all the wines of J.Vignier) from the area of Chatet in Saudoy. It’s a pure 2011 harvest and also ages for at least four years on yeast. It shows fine spiciness, is powerful, compact and clear, possesses good substance.

The Les Longues Verges Brut Grand Cru entirely made from a single vintage, comes from a vineyard of the same name, which is located partly in Cramant, partly in Chouilly. It shows fine spiciness, discreetly white fruits, is powerful, stuffy and grippy, very youthful.

The Brut Millésimé 2008 comes partly from Cramant, partly from the Sézannais and has been aged on fine lees for seven years. It shows a lot of spiciness, discreet smoky notes, is compact, powerful, but somehow reserved, possesses good substance and structure.

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