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Jérôme Blin, “Cuvée Octave” Champagne, France NV (750mL)
The Vallée de la Marne is one of the most exciting sub-regions of Champagne right now. Perusing our recent offers from here, which have included culty wines from the likes of Benoit Déhu, Flavien Nowack, and now Jérôme Blin, we can proudly state these are Champagnes that compete with the region’s elite growers. Over the past few years, Jérôme, equipped with five centuries of family expertise and a firm commitment to organics, ventured out to create his very own Champagne label in the bucolic village of Vincelles. Located between the epicenter of Epernay and west-reaching Château-Thierry, this pure expression of Chardonnay is utterly breathtaking. Organic farming, old vines, oak aging, and low dosage? All checkmarks.
“Cuvée Octave” exhibits a concentrated yellow-gold with slight bronzing at its core, though platinum hues on the rim hint at youthfulness. The nose reveals powerful and focused aromatics of yellow apple blossoms, meyer lemon, raw hazelnut, lees, quince, crushed stone, and dried mushroom. It’s wonderfully elegant on the palate with a dense core of yellow fruit backing it up. This doesn’t have the electric shock that can come from Côte des Blancs’ wines; the fruit is slightly riper and rounder and the fine mousse has layers that delicately unfold as minutes pass by. It’s just a breathtaking expression of Chardonnay and a standout bottle from an emerging solo producer.
- Sub-RegionVallée de la Marne
- SoilClay Marl & Sand
- FarmingCertified Organic
- OakFrench Oak & Stainless Steel
- Temp.Serve at 55-60° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose White
- PairingSalmon Gougéres
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