Introducing three exciting additions to Langton's Champagne portfolio
Friday, December 6, 2019 in News
Champagne Marie Copinet, Champagne Perseval-Farge and Champagne Coessens are all members of Les Mains du Terroir (Hands of the Earth) a group of 16 independent and relatively small producers who have adopted organic and biodynamic practices.
For Isabelle and Benoîst Perseval, the fifth generation to tend this 4ha Montagne de Reims estate, the future is propelled by a continuing sense of tradition.
We make… ‘Champagnes with real energy and great freshness’, says Benoîst. ‘They are rich, “winey”, sound, balanced, impassioned and fascinating!’
The property comprises six sites in the Premier Cru village of Chamery, with Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir (35%), Pinot Meunier (15%) and 10% of the ancient varieties Fromenteau (Pinot Gris), Petit Meslier and Arbanne.
‘We wanted to bring a little extra soul to our winemaking by rediscovering these “forgotten” varieties’, says Benoîst. ‘They are a bit capricious, but they all make distinctive contributions: mandarin, bergamot and juniper for the Arbanne; light notes of lime and violet for the Petit Meslier: dried fruits and smoky aromas for the Fromenteau’.
Try the single-parcel cuvée Les Goulats to experience how these revived ancient varieties match with Chardonnay. It’s one of 10 Perseval-Farge Champagnes we’re currently offering, with a focus on the ‘Réserve’ from the ‘Classics’ range, which Wine Advocate’s Stephan Reinhardt describes as:
‘...a round, complex, very clear and elegant blend… dominated by the lush and fleshy fruit of the Chardonnay… highly elegant and fine but also generous and intense…’
Champagne Marie Copinet
This estate totals 9ha, mostly in the tiny village of Montgenost in the south of the Côte de Sézanne. The signature Marie Copinet ‘Extra Quality’ Brut is equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has, says Wine Advocate’s Stephan Reinhardt:
‘...a deep, ripe cherry, white nougat and honey bouquet with refreshing citrus… even floral notes. Clean, fresh... intense and well-structured…’
Marie-Laure Copinet and winemaker husband Alexandre Kowal have eliminated the use of insecticides and herbicides and begun to work their vineyards mechanically in order to revive the soils and move towards organic certification. They are intent on promoting the terroir and improving the reputation of the Côte de Sézanne.
The estate’s vineyards are mostly on south-facing slopes and are planted primarily to Chardonnay – ‘for its finesse, freshness and bright, dancing lightness on the palate’. The exceptional Marie Copinet Blanc de Blancs – noted for its racy acidity, freshness and finesse – is also available in limited quantities.
Jérôme Coessens is crafting impressive wines from his family’s 3.5ha Largillier property in the Côte des Bar, and at the same time drawing new levels of attention to Champagne’s southernmost sub-region.
The limestone, fossil-rich Largillier soil is like that of nearby Chablis, a fact that has led Coessens to make wines inspired by Burgundy rather than those of Champagne’s heartland on the slopes around Reims and Epernay, a two-hour drive to the north.
This current release leads with the Coessens Rosé, which the back label proudly reveals is from a single vintage (2017), a single site (Largillier) and a single grape (Pinot Noir).
We have also secured the Coessens Blanc de Noirs and Brut Nature, both from the 2014 vintage and the 2011 Les Sens Boisés (literally ‘Senses of Wood’) a wine fermented and matured on lees in old Chablis barrels for eight months.
Coessens is a micro-producer with total annual production under 1000 dozen. There is rarely more than 300 dozen of any one wine and often 100 dozen or less.
If you want to access our portfolio of exclusive and Grand Maison Champagnes contact your broker or shop online.