Reims-based champagne house Thiénot has launched its first-ever NV Blanc de Blancs. Cuvée Thiénot Brut Blanc de Blancs NV is a blend of Chardonnays mainly from Avize, Villers-Marmery, Vertus and Vitryat.
The new cuvée represents the joint efforts of two cellar masters Laurent Fédou and Nicolas Uriel, who joined the maison in 2008 and took over from Fédou as cellar master in June 2017.
Uriel described the new wine as ‘a cuvee which expresses, simply and cheerfully, the nobility of Chardonnay. It’s a natural tribute to this wonderful grape variety, which is an ambassador of freshness and finesse, and a pillar of the style of the house.’
The main vintage in the blend of the new Blanc de Blancs is 2014, with additional reserve wines from 2013, 2012 and 2010. ‘We looked to make a blend that would age slowly over four years in the cellar,’ explained Uriel.
Explaining the role of the different Chardonnays used in the blend, he commented: ‘Avize and Vertus offer the straight and sharp character of grands crus, while Villers-Marmery Chardonnays are more full-bodied and add structure to the blend. As for the grapes from Vitryat, they bring the cheerful and delectable side to the wine.’
A fresh and mineral style, the nose is marked by notes of lemon citrus and delicate floral hints of orange blossom. The elegant palate is well rounded, with creamy pastry notes to balance the gentle acidity, making it a good aperitif style.
This release joins Thiénot’s core range of Vintage, Rosé and Brut, which is also available to the on-trade in magnum. The maison already produces a vintage Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée Stanislas, named after the son of founder Alain Thiénot, who established the house in 1985.
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