Jérôme Coessens handcrafts stunningly individual Pinot Noirs (Champagne, of course, but also red wines) from one single vineyard, Largillier, a 3.5-hectare plot in Ville-sur-Arce, Côte des Bar, which is located on calcareous clay, Kimmeridgian soils structured with a high content of limestone. Jérôme has identified four different sections of the different textures of the soil, enabling him to create a range of diverse styles and flavors managing a single Lieu-dix Largillier.
The work work in the vineyards is guided by two principles: to respect all living things and to intervene a little as possible. The wines are the fruit of a single village, Ville-sur-Arce, a single vineyard called Largillier belonging to the Coessens family, of a single varietal: Piniot Noir, of a single vintage (except for our solera wines) and of a single ‘Burgundy-style’ philosophy.
In 2011 the Coessens undertook a number of excavations in Largillier and discovered that the soil in this vineyard that is so dear to us, is a type called Kimmeridgian Marl No. 2. The soil, the sub soil and even the exposure, down to the very last detail, are exactly the same as in the very best areas of Chablis.
The soil is made up of alternate layers of clay which gives structure and body to the ‘attack’ on the palate, and layers of chalk from which the roots of the vines can draw their minerality which accounts for the long finish of the wines.
In more general terms, the soil in Largillier is a chalk and clay mix which is not very fertile and which restricts the energy and the development of the vines; as a result the grapes that are produced attain a high level of maturity with all the potential to make a great wine.
A close friend of Jerome Coessens, Guilluame Selosse (from Champagne Jacques Selosse), has vinified a wine called Guillaume S. (Champagne Extra Brut Largiller) with grapes from Coessen’s vineyards. Needless to say, Guillaume’s wines are now high in demand!
Champagne Coessens Brut Nature
- Selective harvesting of grapes at optimum maturity
- Malolactic fermentation always carried out
- Ageing on lees
- Only 2,000 bottles in selected years
From a single vineyard called Largillier; from a single varietal : Pinot Noir and from a single vintage.For this wine we use only grapes from the plot we call MINERAL. No dosage is added to this wine which is characterised by aromas of citrus fruit, chalk, and flintstone.
The mineral character of this wine is more pronounced due to the higher limestone content of the soil in this plot.
Bold on the attack (thanks to the clay in the KM2 soil) ; refreshing with marked minerality and a long finish (thanks to the limestone content of the KM2 soil).
Magnificent as an aperitif and an excellent match for roast poultry and cheeses with soft rind such as Epoisse.
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