An incredible vineyard-driven bottle of Bubbles, the Coup de Foudre is a unique blanc de Blancs sourced from the Montagne de Reims, which is known more for its Pinot Noir. However, a few villages like Villers-Mamery grow some fantastic Chardonnay, which is lively, expressive, and fresh. For those reasons, producers like Piper Heidsieck will sometimes source Chardonnay from this area. We have the only bottles of this rare Champagne in the USA, with 2012 being one of the best vintages of all time for this Cuvee.
In their 5th generation of family wine-growing, this small Champagne producer tends 10 hectares of vines in an enigmatic village of Villers-Marmery, where Chardonnay is grown instead of Pinot Noir, uncommon for the Montagne de Reims. Sadi Malot started practicing biodynamics and organics in 2004, utilizing various techniques to preserve the ecosystem and promote a high percentage of biodiversity in the vineyards. We've offered a few Champagnes from Sadi Malot in the past, including the non-vintage Blanc de Blancs from a 2015 base that was absolutely incredible, and if that was any indication, 2012 should be sensational. Today we have their flagship Cuvee which comes from the oldest and best Chardonnay vines that Sadi Malot owns, vinified in large foudre, which is unique and sees blocked malolactic fermentation (Sadi Malot calls it Coup de Foudre for this reason). This Champagne spent 5.5 years on the lees before disgorgement and is a complex, elegant, and fresh example of Chardonnay from 2012. This is a great buy for grower Champagne with age and is in a beautiful spot for enjoyment. We currently have the only bottles available in the USA, highly recommended for fans of Blanc de Blanc, and from this unique terroir, a must for grower Champagne advocates.
John Gilman 93 points! "The 2012 Sadi Malot Blanc de Blancs vintage Brut was disgorged in October of 2018 after five and a half years aging sur latte. The wine offers up an outstanding bouquet of golden delicious apple, pear, brioche, almond, chalky soil tones, just a hint of oak and a gentle topnote of acacia blossoms. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with impeccable balance and grip, very refined mousse, a lovely core of ripe fruit and fine backend mineral drive on the long, elegant and vibrant finish. This is already a great glass of bubbly, but the wine has the structure to age long and gracefully and it will probably not hit its apogee for another decade!"