We tasted: Philippe Glavier “Génésis”

tasting during last winter, Madrid

Our champagne journey continues with a stop in the Grand Cru village of Cramant, Côte des Blancs, at a small but promising house, admirably run by the lovely couple, Philippe and Véronique. They both have been raised in Champagne, from various generations of growers. Philippe has obtained a Diploma in agriculture, wine-growing and oenology (BTS). In 1993 they got married and two years later, a new champagne house was born: Champagne Philippe Glavier (their champagne production is based on 4,6 hectares spread over 52 different parcels in the prestigious villages of Cramant, Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger). Their respect for the environment, biodiversity and soil brought them the HVE level 3 (High Environmental Value) title and since 2013 they have decided the withdrawal of all herbicidal control.

We had the opportunity to try one of their cuvées, Génésis, a Grand Cru blanc de blancs made with 70% wine from 2013 and 30% reserve wines going back in 2004. The nose is inviting with a solid minerality, stone and chalk, green apples, pears and hints of brioches. The palate is a dry mixture between powerful notes of green apples, grapefruits, lemon, apricots and elegant notes of brioche, dried raisins and vanilla. The aftertaste is long and enjoyable, the mousiness is pleasant and makes you want another sip. This is a champagne that can be tasted as an aperitif at a special event (wedding, cocktail) or to accompany a seafood meal.

CLB score


*take a look at our CLB scoring

Type of champagneExtra Brut
Grapes100% Chardonnay
MaisonPhilippe Glavier
Village/terroirMesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Oger, Avize
Agedsur lies 3 years
Sizebottle (75cl)
Number of bottlesN/A
Price range (euro)50-60
Chef de CavesPhilippe Glavier
Other considerentsmalolactic fermentation, based mainly on grapes from Mesnil-sur-Oger (harvest of 2015)

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