Faniel. Champagne Brut NV 'Oriane'
Champagne Brut AC
Grapes Pinot Noir (74%), Chardonnay (26%)
Delicate dried apricot, ripe apple and berry aromas, rich golden fruit. A lovely refreshing minerality, very pure crystalline, aromatic qualities. 12%
Whilst Mathieu is a passionate advocate for Pinot Meunier, there is no doubting the qualities of his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - and the warming summers have brought another dimension to these varietals which is ably demonstrated by this wine.
This is fine, contemporary artisan Champagne; the vineyards are worked by hand and the grapes are sorted before being basket-pressed for fermentation in gravity fed, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
The final say in the assemblage is Mathieu’s, though the tasting is an inclusive family affair with clients and various oenophiles present.
The ageing before disgorgement depends on the needs of the cuvée.