It has been far too long since we have offered anything from Roland Champion, but we have a fantastic deal to kick it back off today. This excellent producer is located in the Cote des Blancs Village of Chouilly, farming 18 hectares spread throughout 40 parcels and has been growing grapes since the 18th century passing the vines down from father to son for generations. Roland was the most influential of all the Champions, taking over the family estate at the young age of 16 after his father unexpectedly died. Afterward, the House was officially renamed Roland Champion. Today, the House is run by many members of the Roland family, caring for this prized estate as an essential centerpiece of the family.
We've offered the "Carte Noire" in the past, but we have a new Cuvee that we have never offered before, the "Carte Blanche." Made from 100% Grand Cru chardonnay sourced from Chouilly's Chalky soils, Carte Blanche spends a minimum of 26 months aging before release and is a blend of 50% 2014, 20% of 2013, and 30% of 2011.
The Carte Blanche is a Champagne that delivers a drinking experience far beyond what the price point would indicate and is the best buy for Champagne in today's market. Showing excellent freshness and energy that elegantly builds in richness and weight as it moves across the palate with an array of citrus, fresh bread, orchard fruit, and chalky minerals. Carte Blanche is an outstanding value for Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs and is incredibly refined and precise at this price point. We have pricing here today that we haven't seen for Champagne in a long while, far below the current going rate for the bottle, and with a nice note below by Burghound, it just confirms it's one of the best deals for Champagne, right now.
Burghound 92 points! "Like several of the wines in the range, the expressive nose is cool and pure with its extremely pretty aromas of brioche, citrus rind, green apple and quinine whiffs. The crisp, racy and refined middle weight flavors are supported by a refined lemon-tinged effervescence that are quite dry without being unduly austere on the complex, lengthy and balanced finale. This is very blanc de blancs in style and a champagne that I would strongly advise continue to hold as it should continue to add depth with time in bottle. Lovely juice with equally good development potential.