NV André Clouet Champagne 1911
Only 1911 bottles of this Champagne are made each year.
Each bottle is numbered by hand. My bottle number 222 and it was disgorged on April 4, 2016.
Produced in the Bouzy village in the Champagne region (the village name is pronounced “Boozy” which tickles me!) with 100% Grand Cru Bouzy and Ambonnay Pinot Noir grapes by winemaker Jean-Francois Clouet.
Cuvée 1911 commemorates the year riots broke out in the Champagne region as the local farmers rebelled against the larger houses. The bottle is wrapped in straw, the same was Jean-Francois Clouet’s great grandfather delivered the champagne to Maxim’s in Paris, France in 1911.
Bottle wrapped in straw makes for a fun conversation piece. We found this bubbly to be an “upside surprise”. Consistent tiny bubbles that danced around my flute. Elegant and smooth with a fine mousse. Notes of hazelnuts, lightly toasted brioche and just a touch of ripe pear. This champagne is reminisant of the Bollinger style. André Clouet uses an old Champagne tradition which blends multiple vintages together, in this case 2005, 2002, 2000 vintages were blended together to create this fabulous champagne. $100 range.
Just for fun…as I was taking photos of birds outside my kitchen window on a snowy day…at first I thought it was a dog or a snow wolf! but then realized it was just snow settling in between the trees.