Faniel. Champagne Brut NV 'Agapane'

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Champagne Brut AC
Grapes  Pinot Meunier (74%), Pinot Noir (26%)

2018 Cuvée
A fresh and floral Champagne with lime and dried apricot fruit, fresh herb, hazelnut and mineral flavours, a touch of wild honey, plum and pear. Lovely balance and maturity with an immaculate moose.  12%

The 2018 Cuvée is half 2015, with 40% of the wine from the 2014 vintage and 10% reserve wines. The wine was bottled in January 2016. Production 29 000 bottles

The Agapane is the signature wine of Faniel, named from the Greek word: ‘agape’, which translates as ‘unconditional love’; a romantic name for a wonderful, fresh Champagne.
It is a Blanc de Noir made from Pinot Meunier with some Pinot Noir. The plots within the vineyard are harvested separately by hand.
The grapes are pressed in a basket press at ground level where gravity allows the free-run juice from the initial, lightest part of the pressing to flow into underground steel tanks (with temperature control) where it is fermented using selected yeasts.
Each tank represents a part of Mathieu’s vineyard and the cuvée is made from a blend of well-matched wines, the balance of which is openly declared.
Ageing is according to the requirements of the wine, Mathieu keeps few secrets and declares this information too.

link to Champagne Faniel et Fils producer page

Wine enthusiast 2018: 89/100

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