Extra Quality Brut by Champagne Marie Copinet is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir (all harvested by hand), this is an intense and complex Chardonnay that’s perfect to kick off a celebration or for aperitif hour.
Pale golden in colour, it has aromas of orchard fruit, honey and marzipan. It’s aged on lees for ten months or more, then spends at least 36 months in bottle before disgorgement.
This wine, blending one-third each of the three main Champagne grapes, is crisp, although with a dosage that gives it a soft edge. Full of ripe apple and warm melon fruit, it has acidity as well as a gentle texture. The wine is balanced and ready to drink.
Wine Enthusiast, December 2017
"The NV Brut Extra Quality assembles three grape varieties in equal parts (Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and three harvests, in this case 2013, 2012 and 2010. The wine has a deep ripe cherry, white nougat and honey bouquet with refreshing citrus and chalky aromas as well as earthy and even floral notes. Clean, fresh and pretty complex on the palate, this is a full-bodied, intense and well-structured dry Champagne from 25-year-old vines on chalk, limestone, clay and silt. The finish is clear, fresh and crisp and also reveals stimulating minerality. This is still young."
90 points, Wine Advocate (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.