Grande Réserve Brut NV, Beaumont des Crayères, 24x37.5cl bottles
Beaumont des Crayères
|Producer||Beaumont des Crayères|
Notes & Scores
Armit Tasting Note
Grande Réserve is the perfect accompaniment to the party season. Dominated by Pinot Meunier this is an easy drinking, red berry style which offers very good value for money. 0
(60% pinot meunier, 25% chardonnay and 15% pinot noir) Bright gold with a steady mousse. Fresh apple and pear on the nose, with a subtle mineral undercurrent. Light-bodied citrus and orchard fruit flavors are precise and straightforward, offering good back-end mineral cut. A clean, lithe style that will work nicely with raw bivalves and mollusks. 0
Balanced on the soft side, this Champagne exhibits malt and whole grain toast flavors, a slightly grainy texture and moderate length. Drink now. 22,500 cases made. 0
In 1955, a group of wine growers from the village of Mardeuil joined forces to set up a champagne house, which was named Beaumont des Crayères after one of the finest hillsides in the village. Three quarters of their 86 hectare estate is located on the hillsides of Épernay with soils rich in chalk. Mardeuil is widely recognised as one of the best regions for cultivating Pinot Meunier, which is therefore the dominant variety for Beaumont des Crayères with a share of 60% of their vineyards given over to this variety. The remaining 40% is divided with 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir plantings. Beaumont des Crayères is one of the few champagne houses to enjoy the benefits of self-sufficiency, with their commitment to the production of elegant and refined champagnes resulting in the production of award winning champagnes year after year.
It is said that a champagne bottle is popped open every second of the day somewhere in the world.
The last 20 years has seen unprecedented growth in export sales, led by the UK along with mergers and acquisitions of brands and estates by the big Champagne houses. Whilst auspicious brands as Dom Pérignon, Krug, Pol Roger and Louis Roederer's Cristal rightly command attention and respect, the very essence and spirit still remains with the growers and the quality of the vineyards.
As important as the big name brands will continue to be, Champagne domaines such as Pierre Gimonnet epitomise the spirit and, above all, future for this region. It is worth remembering that there are over 300 villages and defined vineyard areas in Champagne but only 51 of these command Premier or Grand Cru status.
The region's name conjures up an immediate sense of celebration and joie de vivree, revered the world, with an image which the Champagne industry has promoted brilliantly for over a hundred years.