Grand Cru Millesimé Champagne, Janisson et Fils, Verzenay, Grand Cru, France 2006
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Boutique -- limited production – lutte raisonnée – traditional and progressive
Since the establishment of l’Art du Vin, we have been searching for a small, independent champagne house that shared our philosophy and we are delighted to work with the Janisson team, proof that top quality champagne doesn’t have to come with a branded label.
In an appellation dominated by grand marques and worldwide brands, Manuel has quietly been developing his operation Janisson et Fils, located in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay.
Manuel’s family have produced Champagne from grapes grown on these same 7 hectares of land since 1923 and during his period in charge of the estate, he has brought about a fantastic rise in quality.
The brand new state-of-the-art winery, used by Manuel and his team, is home to a marriage of cutting-edge modern winemaking techniques and tried and tested traditional methods such fermentation in wooden barrels and “lutte raisonnée" in his viticulture.
Due to the very small amount of grapes Janisson produce, they concentrate on solely two varietals; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Brut Tradition is 70% Pinot Noir.
The pleasant acidity is very subtle and the dosage gives a soft and shading structure to the wine. The wine is brightened up by spicy aromas of thyme and pepper. The finish is very long and fresh thanks to the hint of acidity.