About the Wine
This is the one of, if not the best value Champagnes Big Hammer Wines has had the opportunity to offer. The André Chemin Blanc de Noirs is a brioche beast with fresh acidity and a stunning finish that goes for minutes. This is a rare opportunity to capture a grower champagne that punches well above its weight class and is guaranteed to impress once it steps into the ring. It’s time to treat yourself to some of the best sparkling wines in the world and at one of the most unbeatable prices, because you deserve it.
The winery was founded in 1948 by André Chemin in his home village of Sacy. Their very first customers were spectators of the "12 Hours of Reims" an endurance motor racing test. Today André Chemin is in the care of the third generation, Eva and Sebastian Chemin. Sacy is located in the heart of the mountain terroir of Reims and is one of the few villages with a Premier Cru classification. This means the vines ideally planted on the hillsides with the best sun exposure in the terroir of Champagne famous for the quality of their Pinot Noirs. Since 2015 the vines have been cultivated according to the High Environmental Value (HEV) and Sustainable Viticulture certifications to protect the land and better showcase the terroir of the vineyards.
Champagne had quite a rocky start before becoming the second most famous French word in the world and being associated with royalty, celebrations, and luxury. The first sparkling wines in France were only created by accident. Earning the name "the devil's wine" or le vin du diable.Imagine the shock of French winemakers when suddenly bottles of wine would start exploding due to the pressure built up in the wine bottles, sometimes causing a chain reaction in the cellars leading to losses of anywhere from 20-90%. Today champagne bottles have the same amount of pressure in them as a standard car tire. Wine bottles back then were not up to the challenge of withstanding the pressure which often led to surprise showers of glass and wine. Initially considered a fault, Champagne has the ultimate rags to riches story and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of fine wine.
Not only does the wine need to come from Champagne in order to earn the name, secondary fermentation must occur in the bottle in order to give the wine its classic, tiny mousse-like bubbles. There are other strict rules that must be followed regarding pruning practices, yield allowances, and sur less aging requirements. Thanks to the high levels of acidity, champagnes can be aged for many decades and can be paired with a wide variety of dishes as well as being absolutely spectacular all on its own.
Aging: 3 years on the lees and another 6 months after disgorgement, all in bottle
Tasting Notes: Sparkling Wine. 100% Pinot Noir. Ample brioche notes intermingled with apple pie, cinnamon toast, vanilla bean, and toasted almond. A rich texture punctuated with fresh acidity giving way to a mouthwatering, long finish.
Attractive baked apple, white chocolate, and butterscotch nose with brioche and almonds. Rich and intense flavors of baked apple, brioche, toast, and bread crust with fresh acidity. Very complex, long finish. Great wine! ~97 Decanter
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