Nicole Chanrion, Brut Effervescence NVRegular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Nicole Chanrion is, for lack of a better term, a “badass.” Her family has maintained their domain in Cote-de-Brouilly for six generations now, and she spent her childhood helping her father in the vineyard and the cellar. Even after being told repeatedly her place as a woman was not in the cellar, she still took over the family domaine after her father. Today Nicole does all the work herself, including looking after all 6.5 hectares of land by herself and maintaining all cellar work. If that wasn’t enough, she is also the president of the Cote-de-Brouilly appellation. Where she has time to make all this work is a wonder, and she seems to do so effortlessly. Though she went to viticultural school in Beaune, her approach is purely traditional from which she has been influenced by her family.
This sparkling is unlike any other sparkler you’ve seen coming out of France. Nicole uses the Gamay Noir and makes a vintage Blanc de Noir made in the Champagne method. Her vines are 50 years in age. It spends 18 months on the lees making for a richer more textured version of Champagne at a crazy value.