Wine Type Champagne
Style Rich & Complex Whites
Grower Name Champagne Pannier
Grape Variety Pinot Noir
Closure Natural Cork
Jascots tasting note...
" This 100% Pinot Noir Champagne exhibits a full, ripe nose of brioche, pear and strawberry. The full bodied flavours are ripe and round with good structure and a long persistent finish. Very well developed with plenty of rich, autolytic character and drinking simply superbly from magnums - What a value in Vintage Champagne! "
Goes great with...
Shellfish, Roast Chicken & Canapés
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Why you should buy this wine...
1998 was a stunning vintage in the Champagne region, and it is rare to find any still available, much less a blanc de noirs in magnums! What a treat and what a find.
About The Grower Champagne Pannier
The traditional blending of Champagne wines is the secret which goes into making Pannier a classic Champagne. The three traditional varieties of Champagne go into the house NV which is then aged in the ancient cellars of Pannier's Chateau Thierry before release.
Pannier is somewhat off the beaten track amidst the vineyards of the Marne Valley, and combines tradition with the latest technology at all stages of the production process, enabling a combination of technical assurance and creativity. These factors, under the guidance and mastery of Pannier's chef de caves results in a Champagne that is consistent with the house - a wine of elegance, balance and length.
The house was founded by Louis Eugene Pannier in Dizy, Epernay in 1899. In 1937, his son purchased medieval cellars in Château-Thierry in the nearby Marne Valley and the thriving estate was moved to its present day home in the same year.
During an archaeological study in 1999, a XIV century rock carving of an archer was found in the cellars bearing the legend 'Ad perfectionem intendere' (We aim for perfection). This became the motto and embodiment of the spirit of Pannier.
About The Region Champagne View All Wines From This Region
Champagne is a region in the north-east of France famous the world over for its sparkling wine of the same name and concentrated around the towns of Reims, Epernay and Ay.
Vines are cultivated near the northern-most extreme of latitude for viticulture, and the cool climate results in the high acidity that is necessary for the production of high-quality sparkling wines. Vineyards can be generally categorised as chalky plains, lending the wines an inherent mineral character.
Wines are made (according to strict regulations) by the method known as methode traditionelle, or methode Champenoise. This involves, but is not limited to, the use of certain grape varieties grown within the Champagne region - namely Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (a few other local varieties are permitted in theory but in practice are rarely used) and importantly, the secondary fermentation that results in the all-important bubbles, must take place in the bottle.
Other regions around the world have imported this method, most notably California, New Zealand and Australia, but few producers rival the quality of sparkling wine to be found in Champagne.
About The Grape Variety Pinot Noir View All Wines With This Grape
Pinot Noir is the grape variety used in all quality red wines from Burgundy, and as a varietal wine in several parts of the New World, most notably New Zealand, California and Chile. It is also one of the three grape varieties commonly used in the production of Champagne and other traditional method sparkling wines of the world, either as a 100% blancs de noirs or (more commonly) as part of the traditional Champagne blend.
Pinot Noir is somewhat temperamental and, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, can only flourish in certain conditions and when afforded the utmost care on the part of vine-grower and wine-maker alike. Relatively, thin-skinned, the grapes produce red wines of lower tannins, lighter colour and great charm and delicacy which evolve comparatively quickly, although the very best examples are slow to fade.