Domaine Petit & Bajan, "Nymphea" Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne MV
Chardonnay-Pinot Blend｜Avize, Champagne
Richard Petit & Véronique Bajan are true "grower winemakers," making wine from fruit from only their own land, a practice far from common in Champagne. This level of control ensures top-notch farming practices and unrelenting attention to detail. This Champagne house was formed in 1997 with the marriage of Richard Petit and Véronique Bajan, both with a long familial history in Champagne. Based in Avize, they're mentored by none other than close friend and neighbor Anselme Selosse, whose Champagnes are some of the most allocated and prized bottles in the world.
Site and terroir matter – the Grand Cru village of Avize is known for some of the most vaunted estates in all of Champagne, including nearby Selosse, whose entry-level Champagnes run $250/bottle or more (if you can even find them)!
BLEND: 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir (still wine)
VINEYARDS: Estate vines (Chardonnay) are found on pure chalk soils in the villages of Avize, Oger and Cramant; estate vines (Pinot Noir) are found on a mix of chalk and clay in the village of Verzenay. The estate farms just over seven acres total.
AGE OF VINES: 20-30 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Rosé d’assemblage. Chardonnay grapes pressed directly in a hand-cranked, upright wooden press and fermented on selected yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic conversion allowed. Pinot Noir vinified as a dry wine, macerated for one month and aged briefly in French oak. Base vintage 2014. Aged for a minimum of 15 months. Dosage 3 g/L.
Take in the hand-turned, throwback bottle, the aromatic finesse, the glorious texture –this is an artisanal product through and through. And it's only getting better with time; drink now or hold it for another two years to watch it refine further.