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I love champagne with a high percentage of Pinot Noir and I discovered this one made by Manuel Janisson of Champagne Janisson et Fils, a champagne house that has been in the same family for four generations. It is their signature cuvée and features on Nobu Berkeley Square's wine list.
If you would like to buy this wine in a case of 6 or 12 bottles, just email me and I'll let you know when I can get it sent out to you (the price will be different as the one bottle packs include P&P).
Produced mainly from black grape, Pinot Noir (70%), and the balance provided by Chardonnay, this non-vintage champagne has around 22% reserve wine (wine kept back from previous years) added in order to maintain year on year a consistently elegant, complex and fresh style. The Pinot Noir gives it a bit more depth than most non-vintage Champagnes. Some describe these Pinot Noir dominant champagnes (generally my preference and often the hallmark of vintage champagnes) as more "masculine" in style; I can understand that terminology as it has more structure and is not dainty. Nevertheless this is an elegant and beautiful champagne.
The texture is velvety with long-lasting bubbles. Enhanced by 30 months ageing in the producer's cellars before release, the palate is complex, creamy with almonds, a touch of vanilla and warm spices. The finish is crisp and dry. It is non-vintage but vintage-quality champagne. Beautiful!
Drink on its own, with canapés, smoked salmon and other oil fish like mackerel, caviar, shellfish including lobster, fish, chicken, turkey, mushrooms, truffles, parmesan cheese, sheep's cheese, mildly spiced South East Asian food, fruit based desserts
Highly Commended in The Wine Merchant's 2018 Top 100