Corbon "Brut D'Autrefois" Grand Cru Champagne MV
Chardonnay Blend｜Avize, Champagne
Based in the prestigious Grand Cru village of Avize, in the world-famous Côte des Blancs subregion of Champagne, this is an incredibly special cuvée from the distinguished house of Corbon.
As with so many growers in Champagne, Corbon's history begins in the mid-1920s, four generations ago, as farmers, selling their fruit to bigger established houses who included it in their blends. In 1971 Claude Corbon began producing wine under their own label; today the house is run by Agnès Corbon, Claude's daughter.
Similar to a Sherry solera whereby multiple vintages are fractionally blended with one another, this is a "réserve perpétuelle." Essentially Corbon draws half of the continuously-aging barrel every year, topping it back off with the newest year's wine. That's right – just half a barrel goes out, no more. This blend has been going for over 35 years – an amazing amount of time and investment.
Disgorged in June 2015, the Champagne aged for a further five years in bottle before release. The extensive aging program and ancient practices in both the cellar and the bottle show clear through-lines: hazelnut, candied ginger, buttery almond croissant, and white flower blossoms; that iconic Côte des Blanc minerality and saline chalkiness; and even down to the cork being tied off by hand with twine, an ancient practice called ficelage. Fewer than 800 bottles were produced for the globe.
Celebrate the end of 2020 and the arrival of 2021 with a luxury cuvée from a boutique grower, both collectible and ready to drink right now with an amazing story and nearly unheard-of dedication to aging and quality, all at an amazing value relative to the amount of work and time that went into each bottle. Cheers!