Etienne Sandrin Champagne 'Val Champignat' Extra Brut 2018

Etienne Sandrin Champagne 'Val Champignat' Extra Brut 2018

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Etienne Sandrin and his wife Anne farm 10ha of vines in the Côte des Bar’s Celles-sur-Ource – a terroir catapulted to fame by the magical wines of Cêdric Bouchard. For decades, Etienne’s family sold to the local co-operative, but in 2014, he and Anne decided to start bottling a tiny portion of their production for family and friends.

Without a website or any easy means of being contacted, the couple take a refreshingly analogue approach in a digital world: they still send out written allocations by post and entrust only a handful of friends and close industry contacts with distribution.

Producing just a few thousand bottles per year – and only a few hundred bottles of their lieu-dit cuvées – most of Etienne’s fruit is sold to local biodynamic growers, including Champagne Fleury and Clandestin.

Made from biodynamically farmed, old-vine Pinot Noir fermented using native yeasts and without wood, these wines marry generous layers of fruit with captivating freshness and mineral accents. So taken were we at a recent tasting that we said yes to all three cuvées there and then.

A single parcel of Pinot Noir aged sur lie for 48 months, ‘Val Champignat’ shows a mineral stone fruit character tinged with brioche and honey. Just 500 bottles made.

Wine Details

Type Sparkling
Country France
Region Champagne
Producer Etienne Sandrin
Vintage 2018
Grape Varieties Chardonnay
Farming Organic
Bottle Size 75.0cl