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“For the House of Chanoine Freres, as for myself, our Champagnes are synonymous with pleasure, made to accompany true good times shared among friends or family. I want to share that taste of happiness.”
“What drives our House is the quest for quality in constancy, in the regularity of cuvées. By respecting the nobility of our raw materials, the grapes and grape varieties of the Champagne.”
“Quality requires you to be responsive to the wines, to pay attention to them every day, and to be consistent in your actions. I watch over my cuvées and work on them every day, sniffing, breathing in the scents, watching over the fermentation. I want to feel the wines as they develop.
“Chanoine Champagnes are highly structured wines in which the Pinot Noir variety dominates, and must be respected for its authenticity. The Tsarine Champagnes are characterized by a balance among the three varieties, which express their qualities in harmony.”
Isabelle Tellier, Head Wine-Maker
The next most exceptional vintage since 2008. A truly difficult growing season saw severe frosts in the winter. March brought warmth but early budbreak made the vines vulnerable to spring frosts. Overall, the early growing season was wet, and mildew became a serious issue. However, conditions improved dramatically in the later summer months. An August heatwave resulted in a rapid accumulation of sugar, but fortunately the nights remained cool, which helped to preserve acidity. Although yields were low (averaging at 9,210 kg/ha) due to frost, hail and disease early in the season, the 2012 harvest was exemplary in its maturity, acidity and grape health. A rare high acid, high sugar September harvest with impeccable concentration of flavour and refreshing vibrancy. Pinot Noir is the superstar of the vintage, though Pinot Meunier excelled too. A vintage that promises great longevity for the finest cuvées, it was widely declared by producers. However, Krug decided to invest in its reserve wines on this great year, and no Vintage was produced. The quality of 2012 is universally high, with the greatest releases so far including Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Bollinger La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rosé, as well as Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé.