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Frederic Savart 'Le Noues' 1er Cru Extra Brut
"Les Noues, a new bottling from a parcel of Pinot Noir vines that used to go into Savart's l'Ouverture cuvée. Unwinding in the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles waxy citrus rind, red apples, berries and blanched almonds with hints of oyster shell and crushed chalk, it's medium to full-bodied and ample but incisive, with excellent depth at the core, a lovely spice of acidity and a long, precise finish." William Kelley - The Wine Advocate
Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate:
Fred Savart's Champagnes from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the villages of Écueil and Villers-aux-Noeuds have rapidly become some of the most sought after—and, thanks to their production, hard to find—wines in the region. Savart abandoned a fledgling career as a professional footballer to return to this four-hectare domaine in 2005, and the vines are now farmed without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertizilers. His vins clairs ferment in tanks, barrels and demi-muids, spending some ten months sur lies, with or without malolactic fermentation, before triage under natural cork with neither filtration, fining nor sulfites. Dosage is minimal. These are delicate, incisive and quietly intense: contemplative Champagnes that reward attention, though they're dangerously drinkable, too. While it's hardly necessary to fan the flames of already insatiable worldwide demand, all these releases come warmly recommended.
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