Pinot dominant wine, with powerful fruit and great depth - Classic Bouzy! This Champagne house is based in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims district. Youthful and enthusiastic winemaker Jean Francois Clouet produces 6000 dozen per year and currently works in ancient cellars dug by hand. “It took ten guys ten years” says Jean Francois. The Clouet’s vineyards closely reflect the village plantings of 88% pinot noir (some of Clouet’s vines are adjacent to Bollinger’s pre-phylloxera plantings that make a single vineyard wine at about $800 per bottle), 1% pinot meunier and 11% chardonnay. The style here is full flavoured and rich. The house is famous for the Silver Brut that is one of the driest Champagnes on the market.
This is 100% pinot noir wine that is full flavoured, rich and very dry. In fact it is bone dry when most other Brut N/V’s contain around 10gm/lt of sugar (and legally up to 15gm/lt). To achieve the kind of great balance this wine possesses, the base wine quality needs to be very high as little sugar can hide excessive acidity or phenolics, and even add to the perception of flavour. So good is this wine that the absence of any sugar only adds to its quality and uniqueness. One of the best books on Champagne “4000 Champagnes” is written by the Swede Richard Juhlin, and he writes “A tremendously powerful Champagne. The mature reserve wines give weight and softness and rounds off the completely dry aftertaste. Bollinger like." Ian Cook, FWC