Photo via AtlantaWineGuy.
The Massin vineyards overlook the village of Ville Sur Arce. Limestone soils produce exceptional Pinot Noir, which is both structured and elegant. The Massins practice culture raisannée meaning they work parcel by parcel. Wines are vinified and bottled at the estate and spend three years ageing in the cellars. Brother and sister Thierry and Dominque took over the family estate in Aube in 1977. The Massin family have been independent Champagne producers for 30 years, making them pioneers among grower Champagne vintners.
Above: José Lievens, son-in-law of Jacques Picard. Text and photo via Scott Paul Wines.
The vineyards in Champagne’s Monte de Berru region were completely destroyed in World War I — the vineyards were in fact on the front line for much of the war. It was not until after WWII that Roger Picard replanted the area, with 40 acres of vines in the villages of Beru, Montbré and Avenay Val d’Or. Many other families followed suit and replanted in the area after the war, but Picard remains the only Grower-Producer in the region.
The Picard estate is planted 70% to Chardonnay, 10% to Pinot Noir and 20% to Pinot Meunier. One of the larger Grower-Producers, they bottle about 12,000 cases per year, with a style focused on richness of fruit and overall balance.
“These wines are so serious, not your pound it back bubbly by any means! Sexy fruit, curvy texture and very long on the finish.”—Samantha Sans Dosage (one of our favorite U.S. wine bloggers.
Above: The famous Moulin de Verzenay.
Texas wine legend Bear Dalton (fine wine buyer at Spec’s since 1996) has a new wine blog, Bear on Wine!
On Friday he posted about Godmé Père et Fils Brut Reserve 1er Cru, Champagne, NV.
To find out more about Godmé Champagne, pricing, and availability, please send David an email by clicking here.
This Friday finds me sipping GODME Brut Reserve 1er Cru with David “Big Bottle Dave” Gundelach of Favorite Brands. Godme Pere et Fils is a small Recoltant Manipulant (estate bottler of Champagne) or “RM” located in the cru of Verzenay in Champagne’s Montagne de Reims. RM producer’s grow their own grapes and complete the whole winemaking and champenizationincluding bottling and disgorgement on their own premises. Godme owns vineyards in the grand cru villages of Verzenay, Verzy, and Beaumont sur Vesle and in the premier cru villages of Villers-Marmery and Villedommange.
GODME Pere et Fils Brut Reserve 1er Cru, Champagne, NV
Tech Note: 12% Alcohol. A blend of 55% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir, and 35% Pinot Meunier blended with 50% reserve wines already aged at least three years to make the cuvée. The cuvée is kept en tirage (on the lees) for 3 years. Sensory Note: Yellow in color, bright, clear, and fully sparkling; dry, medium-bodied with fresh acidity. Very toasty and rich with lots of yeast character. Dark fruit and citrus in a fine balance with earth and mineral notes. Bear Note: Refreshing but has enough weight and richness to satisfy and to go well with richer foods (Salmon, caviar, oysters,etc.) Quite delicious. If only there were some salmon, caviar, or oysters about. BS: 93.
Winery website here.
Champagne is not a myth and even if it has been the subject of some legends, it is indeed a reality. Well-know and appreciated throughout the world for its unique character, it is one of the wonders of France.
It is the fruit of patient work and great care and reflects specific know-how, passed down from generation to generation. As wine producers, it is our duty to perpetuate the legacy handed down by our grand-fathers and fathers with the same love of the land and the same passion for Wine…
So that Champagne remains worthy of the position it merits – the King of Wines.