Geoffroy Les Houtrants Complantes Brut Nature Premier Cru
Champagne which by virtue of companion planting of five Champagne grape varieties expresses the identity of a locality that is dear to the Geoffroy family. With a pale yellow robe with golden highlights, this cuv e offers a luminous and dynamic effervescence. On the nose, a delicate and airy fragrance of white flowers, citrus fruits and white-fleshed fruit. First impressions on the tongue are masterful: aromas of bitter almond, vanilla biscuits, sponge cakes being brought out of the oven, even a hearth fire, summon back childhood memories, as they rise to the surface. All the more surprising in Champagne that while it was ageing has never been close to an oak barrel. The mouth is precise, clean and energetic. The absence of dosage provides a pleasantly pure finish and above all, lengthens the minerality and the fine bitters. The NV Brut Nature Les Houtrants Complant s is a wine of seduction and class. Bright, bold and punchy, the Houtrants offers beguiling complexity from the blend of Pinot Noir, Meunier, Chardonnay, Petit Meslier and Arbanne. The current release is very fine, airy and light on its feet, with terrific freshness and plenty of cut. I loved it. Lots of pinot character to this, with dried-strawberry, citrus and some salt and chalk character. Full-bodied, tight and spicy. Lots of driving acidity and firmness at the end. Tensioned.