Champagne J L Vergnon Haute Mottes 'Confidence' Brut Nature Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Millesime 2010 750ml
Proudly imported and distributed in NZ by The Village Winery:
Champagne Jean-Louis Vergnon is a 'Membre de l'Association des Artisans du Champagne' & served at many excellent, & Michelin starred restaurants.
Core vineyards are in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Chardonnay
Also prime holdings in Avize, Oger, Vertus and Villeneuve
Old vines - average is 40 years
Harvests ripe grapes, eliminates the need to chaptalise
Uses lower dosage
Intense and tensile wines
Try serving at 12C in a wide glass
Patience in further post release cellaring (3 yrs +) will reward greatly
Grower Champagne despite the 'NM' designation due to the buying in of GC Pinot Noir for the Rosemotion.
Winemaker Notes: CONFIDENCE 2010 - From the next vintage the name will change to 'Haute Mottes' to respect the very special source vineyard.
Crus: Mesnil sur Oger.
Vinification: In 300 L barrels.
Aging: More than six years in our cellars
Dosage: No dosage
Reserve a well-shaped flute and a serving temperature of 10 to 12 ° C. Some very iodized seafood can accompany it with happiness (sea urchins, oysters in the open sea, abalone), think also of very noble fish such as sea bass or John Dory."
93 Points - James Suckling; 8 Jul, 2018 – "The confluence of complexity, power and freshness here is convincing, as befits the name. Bright lemon and peach-pastry aromas lead to a palate with spiced lemon-biscuit flavor in a smoothly textured build. Long finish with peaches. Drink now to 2022."
92/100 The Wine Advocate, Reviewed by William Kelley, Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate;
"Disgorged in May 2017, Vergnon's 2010 Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Confidence is showing very well, offering up a delicately oak-inflected bouquet of almond paste, citrus rind, candied peel and fresh brioche. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive, with a generous core of fruit despite its zero dosage style and a long, precise finish. This is aging very gracefully. Drink 2019 - 2029"
"Christophe Constant has brought this classy Mesnil producer back on to the scene after a few years of uninteresting efforts. No malolactic fermentation for the vintage wine, which comes from forty-year-old vines. Confidence is a very pure and young wine strongly influenced by minerals and with an intense village character. There is no element of flirtatiousness in it. Instead one can calmly lean back and await the effects of storage in the far distant future. (House) Upgraded to 4 stars." - Richard Juhlin, Champagne Guide
"Christophe Constant has put a highly personal stamp on this domaine, creating wines of intense expression and vivid personality. His champagnes are always racy and tense, characterized by their prominent malic acidities, yet they're rarely aggressive, achieving a carefully judged and finely tuned harmony. This is one of the top estates in the Cote des Blancs today." - Peter Liem, Champagneguide.net