Claude Cazals MV 'Cuvée Vive' Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut, Champagne, France
Champagne Claude Cazals 2010 'Clos Cazals' Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Champagne, France
Winemaker: Delphine Cazals
Varieties: 100% Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs)
Terroir: Cuvée Vive is 100% Chardonnay from 40-year-old vines in the deep, chalky soils of Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Vinification: After hand harvesting, the grapes are pressed and undergo a natural, spontaneous fermentation in temperature controlled steel tanks, then undergoes malolactic fermentation. ix years before bottling. The dosage is 3g/L.
Aging: Six years before bottling. The dosage is 3g/L.
History: Maison Cazals was born in 1897, in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, a village at the heart of the Côte des Blancs. In the 1950’s Olivier Cazals bought a house in the village of Oger for his son Claude. Together they planted “the garden” of the château, which seemed to be a very promising vineyard site. The old cellar built under the house was quickly put to use for this new wine, but only a few years later the harvest was blended with the rest of the Cazals wines. What seemed like a promising new beginning was cut short until the mid-1990s, when Olivier’s daughter, Delphine, began to work at the estate
Chosen for their unique combination of exposure and geological makeup, clos (walled-in vineyards) are incredibly rare in Champagne, and there are only three in the entirety of the Côte des Blancs, making Clos Cazals an unusually special site. Delphine eventually convinced her father to give her a shot at making a Champagne cuvée from within this walled vineyard, and Clos Cazals was born.
Le Mesnil-sur-Oger has undoubtedly earned and lived up to its accolade as a grand cru village. More than most other areas of Champagne, the soils can look almost blindingly white due to the high content of chalk. Underneath the chalky topsoil is a substratum of Kimmeridgian marls,
which seems to increase the wine’s power and depth. Here, Blanc de Blancs produced are amongst the world’s top echelon sparkling wines, and those from Claude Cazals are no exception.
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