Vranken-Pommery is a prestigious champagne house located in the South-East of Reims city (Domaine Les Crayères) which we had the pleasure to visit last year. The cuvée Louise is presenting tribute to madame Louise Pommery, one of the great widows who marked the history of Champagne. In matters of taste she was ahead of her time. It was she who created Pommery Nature in 1874, the first brut champagne which broke with the tradition of very sweet wine. A woman in a man’s world, she imprinted her personality on her champagnes. The purity and the finesse of Pommery wines perpetuate this legacy. It was a winning bet and the vintage bottles reached the highest prices on London’s market.
We tasted the 2004 Cuvée Louise both in normal bottle and in magnum. Our tasting notes are based on the magnum experience (considered the best option for champagne storage, due to the balance between quantity of wine and volume of air kept inside). Cuvée Louise is an absolutely pure wine which conveys the wine-making expertise of the Pommery champagne house.
The nose is a reflection of a Chardonnay dominated wine. We found delicate aromas of honeyed orchard fruits, flowers and caramel, accompanied by pastry dough notes layered with lemon curd and pureed black currant hints. All joined by a lively minerality. The palate is medium to full-bodied, crisp and incisive, dominated by rich caramel and brioche, a pinpoint mousse with very fine bubbles and a moderately persistent finish with a lightly floral overtone.
|Type of champagne||Brut|
|Grapes||67% Chardonnay 33% Pinot Noir|
|Village/terroir||Avize, Cramant and Aÿ|
|Aged||sur lies 10 years|
|Dosage||4.5g/L (in fact an Extra-Brut)|
|Number of bottles||N/A|
|Price range (euro)||270-300|
|Chef de Caves||Thierry Gasco (<2017), Clément Pierlot (>2017)|
|Other considerents||alcoholic and malolactic fermentation|