2012 Roland Champion Vintage Brut Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru

Year: 2012
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Editor's Choice, Long aging on its lees has given this Chardonnay richness as well as good texture. With balance between minerality and white fruits, the wine has developed well, full of ripe flavors as well as final acidity. Drink now.. -Roger Voss" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The vintage brut is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay from the chalky soils of Chouilly.

This Champagne is full of elegance and finesse. Very complex nose, with a bouquet of aromas dominated by honey, brioche and notes of dried fruits, hazelnuts and sweets. Perfectly matured.

This small grower and member of Champagne’s elite Special Club is located in the Grand Cru Village of Chouilly. The house was founded in 1929 by André Champion, who created his vineyard in the famous Cote des Blancs area of Chouilly, some of the best soils for the Chardonnay grape. Andre’s untimely death left his son Roland (16 years old at the time)to take over, and Roland expanded the company by purchasing new land and giving his name to the family house of Champagne. Today the estate is run by Roland’s son & winemaker François (3rdgeneration), with the help of his wife & children. Champagne Roland Champion is classified as ‘Recolant Manipulant’, meaning they own their own vines, their own press and they do all vinification themselves. Francois farms 18hectaresspread over 40 different parcels. Wines are aged in their troglodytic chalk cellar, which maintains a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius.Production is around 7,000 cases.