Grape(s): Arbane, Petit Meslier
Localization: Côte des Bars, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: It reveals an attractive golden appearance and a bouquet releasing complex, evolving notes of quince, apple and brioche and some tertiary notes like almonds. Vinous, powerful yet subtle with vivacity and salinity on the palate.
Notes: This Champagne is fermented in oak barrels and blended under a solera method. It also has no dosage.
The Domain: Olivier Horiot has been a revelation in the champagne region in recent years.
He took over his dad’s vineyard in 1999. The estate has been producing "still wines", since 1600, and all of the production used to be sold to the local cooperative. Since 2000, Olivier has created his own label and produced some superb champagnes with a strong personality.
When you enter the wine cellar of the young sympathetic winemaker Olivier Horiot, whose ancestors already cultivated wine in the 16th century, the multitude of Burgundian barrels immediately catches your eye. Each barrel contains a unique cuvee, because each parcel is harvested, pressed and vinified individually. The sympathetic winemaker is convinced that this parcel-by-parcel development of the wine, which is cultivated in Burgundy, also leads to the best results in Champagne. The individual plots are characterized by a very diverse soil structure and a very specific microclimate so that the wines from the individual sites have a very different, individual character.