Hello Wine Lover,
Quiet, creative, focused, ambitious, caring, confident. This describes Étienne Calsac, the driving force behind the exceptional wines of Champagne Étienne Calsac. We are thrilled to bring you Étienne’s smallest production wine of the four he currently makes, Etienne Calsac L’Echappée Belle Extra Brut N.V. A brilliant Champagne both literally and figuratively from organically farmed vineyards. Fortunately for you, our mail list customers, Étienne isn’t yet a household name, but we think that’s about to change. So today you are the beneficiary of exceptional, artisan grower Champagne at an amazing value. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Chris & Michael
Champagne Étienne Calsac is located near the Grand Cru village of Avize south of Epernay. Étienne farms approximately 2.8 hectares of vineyards. His vineyards are located in the Côte des Blancs, in Avize and Grauves, an area noted for the exceptional quality of its Chardonnay, and in the Grand Valle de la Marne, in Bisseuil. Interestingly, Étienne also has a clos, or walled vineyard, in Avize, which is something of a rarity in Champagne – and something we’ll see great things out of down the road.
Étienne’s family has been growing grapes in the region for several generations. In the past, the focus was on selling this production to the large negociant’s, for example, Veuve Cliquout. Étienne took over the operation in 2008 with an eye toward the future and a philosophy firmly grounded in organic viticulture. He plows the soils by horse and plants cover crops to keep the soils invigorated and to allow the roots to penetrate deeper into the chalky, limestone and clay soils. In so doing, he feels it gives the vines the ability to best express their unique terroirs. Something I assure you has not been the norm in Champagne over the years. He also vinifies each parcel separately before blending to allow the individual characteristics of each plot to be highlighted.
Étienne cares deeply about what goes on in both in the vineyard and the cellar. He is constantly pushing himself creatively, as he explores the use of oak barrique, longer time on the lees, blending versus single vineyard expressions (a clos perhaps?), all while working with his exceptionally finessed and expressive current portfolio. He's also one of the only producers who we've seen in France or Italy who uses Zalto stems when he shows his wine (the Universal stem to be specific, which I love for Champagne). No detail is too small for Étienne. What intrigues us most about Champagne Étienne Calsac is we have the pleasure to enjoy their outstanding wines of grace and elegance today and we see the potential for pleasant surprises in the future.So join us in this beautiful getaway we know as L’Echappée Belle Extra Brut and get in early on what the wine world is sure to be talking about very soon!!
In the words of David Schildknecht from Vinous, “Austria’s 2013 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners display exceptionally bright acidity, clear flavor definition and uncanny complexity.” 2013 has given us the stunning combination of healthy, ripe grapes that remain light on their feet as the alcohol levels stayed in check, married with focused, tense acidity.
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