It has been a while since we have offered anything from Coessens, but we have great low pricing here today and wanted to give it a spin. All of Jerome Coessens' grapes come from his Monopole vineyard 'Largillier,' where he only grows Pinot Noir. The vineyard comprises four plots, which Jerome has named Mineral, Fruity, Flowery, and Substance. After an excavation to analyze the soil, it was discovered that Largillier is comprised of Kimmeridian Marl No. 2, the same soil as the top premier and grand cru vineyards of Chablis are comprised of. This is also the same vineyard that Guillaume Selosse gets his grapes from for his Largillier (which sells for five times the price), as he and Coessens are friends and have worked out an agreement.
Only the oldest vines from the vineyard are used in Coessens production, and the extra brut is one of the standouts, unmasking the beautiful minerality that comes from this excellent terroir. The Extra Brut comes from the 'Substance' parcel and is a silky Champagne with cocoa, ripe fruits, a precise salinity, and a savory element, making it very diverse for pairings. It is said that this can even pair with fillet mignon, and while that might be an over-stretch, it is fascinating to think it's possible. This Champagne is somewhat Selosse-like in minerality and complexity, yet slightly less rich and oxidative and more approachable out of the gate, not requiring cellar time, but is undoubtedly ageable. Only made in select vintages and aged for an extended period on the lees to develop more complexity. This is a rare and highly renowned terroir-driven Champagne, very seldomly found in the USA, and we currently have the only bottles available right now.