CHAMPAGNE COESSENS LARGILLIER, Blanc de Noirs Brut
In two words: fruity and intense, says Jérôme Coessens. Coessens divides his 3.5ha monopol vineyard, Largillier, into four, roughly-equal parts, depending on the style of wine each plot produces. He has named them Mineral, Fruity, Flowery and Substance (meaning power or richness). The Largillier soils are combinations of clay and limestone, in varying proportions, as in nearby Chablis. The Largillier vineyard is in the town of Ville-sur-Arce, in the Côte des Bar region, in the far south-east of Champagne. Vineyards here have been in the Coessens family since the 1800s.
The Blanc de Noirs is 100% Pinot Noir from the Fruit and Flower vineyard sectors. As the names suggest, fruit and white flower notes are prominent as well as hints of licorice. In some vintages red fruit notes are prominent. The Blanc de Noirs is typically bold and assertive, with marked and refreshing minerality and a long finish. While this wine works as an aperitif it also matches well with foie gras, shellfish and white meats, including veal. Recommended serving temperature is 10 deg C.
Bold, flamboyant fruit here with red-berry, red-plum and cherry notes. The freshness and flesh is impressive. Really round and expressive.
92 points, jamessuckling.com (September 2018)
The NV Largillier Blanc de Noirs Brut is a pure single-vineyard Pinot Noir with a deep and intense bouquet of ripe, concentrated fruits but also complex mineral and salty expressions (marl soils) that remind me of Jura and Chablis. Pure, highly finessed and fruity on the palate, this is a very elegant and balanced Pinot Noir with remarkable finesse and elegance. Very expressive but also charming. This is a pure 2013 vintage that was fermented in stainless steel.
91 points, Wine Advocate (April 2018)
(2014 vintage.) Cool sea air and yeasty nose, then a taut and precise full-powered palate, serious but chewy. Demands attention but there's a lovely deep bed of red fruit swimming beneath that makes it worth it. Drink to 2025.
91+ points, March 2017
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.