Champagne Adrien Renoir - Le Terroir Grand Cru Verzy

Champagne Adrien Renoir - Le Terroir Grand Cru Verzy

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Unwinding in the glass with a lovely bouquet of Meyer lemon, pastry cream, yellow pear, dried white flowers and shortbread, it's full-bodied, powerful and vinous, with a textural attack that segues into a deep and incisive mid-palate, complemented by an elegant pinpoint mousse.

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnary

Region: Verzy, Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France

Vinification: Renoir's NV Extra-Brut Grand Cru Le Terroir is a 50-50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the slopes of Verzy, and the soil here is chalk with varying degrees of topsoil. Some 20% of which was vinified and matured 11 months in barrel adding complexity and aromatics, then followed by 24 months on the lees in bottle.

About the Winemaker: Four generations of the Renoir family have been involved in wine production in Champagne. Adrien Renoir only just recently took control of the Domaine after having the reins passed down to him in 2014 by his father, Vincent Renoir. The two, like many father & son winemakers, have and continue to have quite different views, yet worked together for Adrien’s first two vintages before Adrien took full control in 2016. Although Vincent didn’t agree with Adrien’s push for cleaner farming, noting that it wasn’t achievable so far north in Champagne, he allowed him to make the conversion as long as it was done slowly and cautiously.

The wines now bear the name of the fourth generation on the label, having previously been labeled as Vincent Renoir. At only 29 years old Adrien is already proving to be a force to reckon with in Champagne. He has pretty swiftly adjusted many things at the Domaine, including switching to organic farming, adjustments in the cellar primarily increased use of oak for fermentations and aging. He has also diversified the line-up of bottlings to focus more on the unique parcels and terroirs that his family has cultivated for generations.