Andre Clouet, Cuvee 1911, Grand Cru Champagne
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Thanks to an ancestral land grant from Napoleon, the Clouet family possess 8ha of vineyards situated on the best middle slopes of the Grand Crus' Bouzy and Ambonnay. Bouzy, a village with chalky soils that permeate between Grand Cru and Premier Cru grape fields where Pinot Noir speaks with great eloquence and contends with only Burgundy in intensity. The wines are cellared under the family's 17th century village house built by their ancestor, a printer to Louis XV's royal court at Versailles. The respect for their precious terroir is evident in the wines, giving a wonderful expression of Bouzy Pinot Noir. The wines are made very traditionally and the labels are attractively old-fashioned. The Clouet style is rich, concentrated expressions of Pinot Noir, while still retaining elegance and finesse. Where the Grande Marques concentrate more on marketing and less on the product, father Pierre and son Jean Francois Clouet work together to produce fine Champagnes using very traditional methods, following their fruit from vineyard to bottle. The Clouet style of rich, concentrated, pretty wines results from making Champagne from 100% Pinot Noir. Jean-François is the winemaker and known for his fanatical devotion to quality.