Rapeneau NV, Rapeneau, 6x75cl bottles
Sparkling golden yellow. Bright and intense with lovely depth and complexity. Figs, apricots and nuances of brioche on the palate with superb balance and freshness. Vibrant and defined with a crisp...Read More
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Sparkling golden yellow. Bright and intense with lovely depth and complexity. Figs, apricots and nuances of brioche on the palate with superb balance and freshness. Vibrant and defined with a crisp finish.
The Rapeneau family hail from the Marne region and have been specialists in the wine trade since early in the 19th Century. Following the acquisition of a majority shareholding in G H Martel, a champagne house dating back to 1869, the company has thrived. Bernard Rapeneau took over the reins from his father in 1944, and under his expert direction, guided the company from strength to strength with sales exceeding 2 million bottles in the early 1980s. Bernard's younger son Christophe now runs the company as cellarmaster and oenogist, while his elder brother Jean-Francois is responsible for sales. The House now owns a large expanse of vineyards planted with all three Champagne vines. Years of experience and expertise have resulted in the excellent champagnes that the Rapeneau family produce 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.