CHAMPAGNE COESSENS LARGILLIER, Brut Nature
In two words: purity and charm, 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 Brut Nature is 100% Pinot Noir from the Mineral vineyard sector. No dosage is added and the wine is characterised by aromas and flavours of citrus fruit, chalk and flint -- the mineraliness pronounced due to the high limestone content of the soil. The Brut Nature is typically bold and assertive, but also refreshing and with a long finish. While this wine works as an aperitif it also matches well with roast chicken and other poultry and soft-rind cheeses. Recommended serving temperature is 10 deg C.
A brilliant golden hue, with tiny bubbles rising gracefully up the glass. This is a rich and powerful wine with a wonderful array of aromas ranging from raspberry and white peach to tart apple, marmalade and stewed fruit. After the first sip, which is direct and dense, comes a crisp and fresh fruitiness which reveals a rich aromatic side to this wine and a refreshing smoothness.
The NV Largillier Brut Nature is from the southwest-facing part of the lieu-dit, which is located on very old limestone soils. The wine opens with a highly pure and mineral, beautifully clear, fresh, complex and terroir-driven nose with some flint-stone aromas. On the palate, this is a beautifully round, elegant, highly finessed and well-balanced Côte des Bar with a long, intense, juicy and charming finish. This is a gorgeously pure, fine, fresh and complex Champagne of great expression. This is totally based on the 2013 vintage.
94 points, Wine Advocate (April 2018)
A fresh, bright and fleshy blanc de noirs that has subtle, nutty complexity and a core of light and fresh cherries and berries. Smooth, bright, crisp and dry.
92 points, jamessuckling.com (September 2018)
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.