WJ Drinks: Jerome Prevost LC19

WJ Drinks: Jerome Prevost LC19

Jérôme's vineyards were ravaged by frost, storms and mildew in 2021, losing 80% of the yields. Therefore, it is inevitable for him to increase the price of this (LC19) released & next (LC20) released to sustain the whole operation and living as he will have nothing to sell for LC21. For the First time, the KING of Pinot Meunier has released a Grand Cru wine, a must for serious drinkers and collectors!

Market prices are on the uptrend and it won't be long that Prevost wines become investment-grade wines, or hasn't them already become so?

Prévost's first Grand Cru bottling - 50% Chardonnay (Le Mesnil), 50% Pinot Noir (Puisieulx). 80% 2019 and 20% 2018. Zero dosage. Average 95 points from 6 Cellartracker reviews! Investment grade wine you say?
William Kelley - RobertParker.com
As I've written before, Jérôme Prévost farms just over two hectares of old-vine Pinot Meunier in the village of Gueux, where the soils are a millefeuille of calcareous sands and clays... Prévost's tiny estate named La Closèrie nonetheless produces some of the most sought-after wines in Champagne—and some of my personal favorites. 

Prévost started making his wine in Anselme Selosse's cellar with the 1998 vintage, moving into his own facility in 2003. He harvests late—something that's essential if Pinot Meunier is to have character—and ferments his wine in barrel. Like Selosse, he doesn't top up his barrels while the vins clairs mature, so they often develop a light "voile" or veil of yeasts that lends subtle biologically aged characteristics to his wines.

"I wouldn't do that if I were making still wines," he explains, "but I think of the second fermentation in bottle as being like a 'crucible' that enables one to remodel a wine. The base wine may be tired after a year in barrel without topping up, but the fermentation in bottle gives it new life."

Dosage is minimal, and Prévost says that in principle he likes working in a non-dosé style because "it makes me uncomfortable—it doesn't forgive any faults; there's nowhere to hide." As ever, it was a pleasure tasting chez Prévost.
“Today there are a handful of wines from elite, artisanal grower-estates in Champagne that have attracted a nearly cult-like following. One of the most sought-after of these is the meunier of Jérôme Prévost.”
Peter Liem, www.champagneguide.net



NV Extra Brut Rosé Fac-similie LC 19 - WK 97+
"The NV Extra Brut Rosé Fac-similie (LC19) has tightened up a little in the last six months—no surprise, given this vintage's prodigious concentration. Unwinding in the glass with notes of red berries, rose petals, musky peach and orange oil, it's full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with a deep core of fruit, tangy acids and a rich but tightly wound profile. This is a fabulous rendition of Fac-similie that is built for the long haul."

NV Extra Brut Les Béguines LC 19  - WK 97
"The NV Extra Brut Les Béguines LC 19 showed brilliantly once again, bursting with aromas of orange rind, orchard fruit, red berries and peach, mingled with notions of walnuts and marzipan, as well as telltale hints of warm spices and fenugreek. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's deep and complete, with huge reserves of fruit and structure, enlivened by a pillowy mousse. Concluding with a long, sapid finish, I continue to think this is one of Prévost's finest releases of the decade. In style, it's reminiscent of a somewhat riper version of the 2012."

NV Extra Brut La Closerie LC 19 - WK 94 (on LC18)
80% from 2019, blended with 20% reserve wine from 2018. The 2nd release of this wine and it continues to get finer. This Ampersand < & > is more immediately expressive with excellent drinkability without compromising the complexity. 

Champagne La Closerie Grand Cru LC19 - WK 95
"Bursting from the glass with aromas of pear, fresh bread, wheat toast, smoke and orange oil, it's full-bodied, ample and saline, with bright acids and a long, mineral finish. It's a superb, rather Burgundian-styled wine that will delight wine lovers who have previously only experienced Prévost's talents as applied to Pinot Meunier.” 




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