Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Champagne Barons de Rothschild

Champagne Barons de Rothschild are one of the newest Champagne house as it was founded in 2005 and the first released in 2009.

With over 200 years of wine making expertise and heritage ( Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Clark, Chateau Clerk Milon, Château d'Armailhac, Mouton Cadet,   in Bordeaux, South of France with Domaine de Baron' arques and in partnership with the New World including South Africa with Rupert & Rothschild , California with Opus One and Chile with Almaviva and Escudo Rojo, Champagne Barons de Rothschild is the family first venture north.

The vineyards sourced can be summarized as top notch, for a brand that started 8 years ago, a collection of 80 hectares prime land, of which 45 hectares mostly Grand Cru in Cotes des Blancs as well as a fair number of Premier Cru, testament of their commitment to only produce  Champagne of distinctions.

At the helm of the winemaking team is JP Moulin the previous Chef de Cave at Perrier Jouet and Ruinart before Joining Champagne Barons de Rothschild

Following a tasting last week, one word can summed it all, they are exceptional and are serious candidate for wine lists!

Showing pure, delicate character driven by Chardonnay as the backbone, with minimum ageing of 36 months, which is over twice the legal requirement, coupled with a low dosage (sugar level) highlighting their purity, delicacy and minerality, followed by a fairly lenghy time after disgorgement of around 6 to 9 months on cork.

40% Reserve wines are blended to add further complexity.Unrush style.

The range sees no oak and are made in a reductive style, with focus on fruit and maturity on texture.

Champagne Barons de Rothschild are available in South Africa via Meridian wines.

Individual tasting note to follow:

Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut 91+ Points

Champagne Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs 93+ Points

Champagne Barons de Rothschild Rose 91 Points