Since 1895, the Beaufort family vineyard of Bouzy has been classified among the
17 « Grands Crus » villages in Champagne (out of 309 listed villages which benefit from the A.O.C. Champagne).
Recognized for the quality of their soil and the specificity of their climate, these vineyards have exceptional conditions to develop the local grape-varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The predominance of the Pinot Noir grapes (90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay) gives this “Grand Cru Carte d’Or” Champagne body and strength.
The colour is pale gold and the bubbles are small, elegant and aplenty which makes this the perfect finishing touch for the celebratory meals.
This Champagne from Herbert Beaufort has an assertively nutty slightly acidic taste making it best suited for rich dishes rather than as an aperitif.
It was awarded the Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy in 2015 and th. Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Medal in 2013.
The grapes for this Champagne came from the 381 hectare vineyard of Bouzy, where Pinot Noir makes up 88% of plantings and the vines grow on a thick chalky sediment. The vineyards are south facing and situated within the Montagne de Reims region. Following hand harvest the grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed, and then transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation, but was bottle matured on lees for 24 to 34 months prior to release.
Herbert Beaufort Grand Cru Carte d’Or Tradition Champagne is available from larger Marks & Soencer Food Halls priced at £33 a bottle.