Genet, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 750ml NVFrance, Champagne
They chose to call themselves 'manufactures' ('artisans') for the word’s Latin origins in manu-factum = made by hand. They are personally involved in every stage of creating their Champagnes, from growing the grapes in healthy, sustainable vineyards to the on-site vinification and maturation of their wine.
They also separate each cru to bring it in every year so that they can vinify each parcel individually. They make their wine in Chouilly at their Le Transvaal site (part of which dates back to 1900) which, just like any other manufacturing complex, has a reception area, a production space, and a storage facility. The knowledge that they hold so dear, and which is behind the excellent reputation and calibre of their products, has been passed down through their family for several generations.
So, as a mark of their quality, they are proud to call themselves 'Manufacteurs de Grands Crus', highlighting the skill and passion that they bring to their precious classified vineyard. It is a privilege that they have inherited, and which they cherish with great care every single day.
'The colour is golden yellow with silken bronze hints. Aromas of pastries with fragrances of fresh nuts and candied fruits. Then tobacco, menthol anise and eucalyptus are revealed. Some complex expression that makes you travel into a universe of spices with scents going up to leather. Rich aromatic palette and broad range where Chardonnay is not expected. The attack in the palate is unambiguous with the Vintage spirit. Rapidly energizing bitterness is expressed in the range of candied fruits (lemon and apricot). The maturity of the wine is obvious with honey and tea blossoms. The whole is harmonious, driven by delicate tastes of biscuits and with nice freshness. Descriptors : Modern, biscuit-taste, onctuous, creamy, meringue, complex, gourmet.' – Winemaker
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