Champagne Henri Chauvet
Founded by Henri Chauvet at the beginning of the 1900s, the Champagne Chauvet estate comprises 8.4 hectares in the village of Rilly-la-Montagne, near Reims, one of the grand cru (100% rated) villages for Pinot Noir. The business is now run by third generation Chauvets, Mathilde and Damien, who have supplied us with our go-to Champagne since our very first list.
Champagne Chauvet’s traditional chalk cellars, constructed in 1892, are situated 11 metres below ground, allowing for perfect maturation conditions at a constant temperature of 10˚C. Here the wines are aged for a minimum of three years before being moved to the pupitres where they are turned by hand before being disgorged, corked and prepared for sale.
Their Brut Blanc de Noirs from their 100% rated Pinot Noir grapes, with the addition of a small amount of Pinot Meunier, enjoys extended time on the lees so it is soft, supple, rich and biscuity by the time we get it; truly exceptional.
Principally made from red grapes but with a percentage of Chardonnay too, the Brut Réserve spends additional time in bottle prior to release, giving it a mellower, creamy palate, more mature and spectacularly delicious – and just a bit more serious. Even more serious when it comes in magnum format.
The Rosé Champagne is made by the saigné method, where the juice stays in contact with the skins for only enough time to take on a bit of colour and some all-important flavours. A lovely deep pink, with a gorgeously scented nose of strawberries and a light herby touch, this is fresh and intense and really tastes of red fruits.