All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
The Grand Cru village of the Montagne de Reims is home to Adrien Renoir, just 29 years old, but someone who I knew I should meet. My first impression of his champagne left me with a thirst to learn more (and drink more). These wines are chiseled, finely-woven, and above all, crystalline in their sense of purity and finesse.
Les Epinettes comes from 1971-planted Pinot Noir and is fermented and aged entirely in oak with zero dosage. This 2015 shows the grandeur of Verzy Pinot Noir with the sleekest of profiles and intensely concentrated citrus and faint orchard fruit. Clay topsoil is deeper here over the chalk making it suited to Pinot Noir.
Adrien, like many young growers in Champagne, took the reigns from his father and immediately made the change in farming practices and vessel format, choosing to move away from 100% steel and incorporate both foudre and barrique.
The most unmistakable quality in this wine is its balance and shimmering sense of composure on the palate. One sip and it's apparent Adrien has already found a way to fine-tune the product from these Grand Cru vines to highlight the elegance and a finely-woven mineral thread, with a long saturating finish.
No region in France has impressed me over the last years more than Champagne with what I've seen from this younger generation who immediately have made their mark.
|Grape Variety||Pinot Noir|
|Appellation||Montagne de Reims|