Joyau de France Chardonnay Brut 2007
In 1834 the Boizel House was established in Épernay, the heart of Champagne, by a family passionate about the wines of its region. Intimate knowledge of the Champagne region, passed on through the generations, and access to grapes from the finest cru sites, are the essential elements behind the Boizels’ elegant portfolio. Working with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced only from Champagne’s most coveted Grands and Premiers Crus blended with the best crus of Pinot Meunier, Boizel’s intimate knowledge of each village and hillside coupled with longstanding grower relationships allows them the ability to select the finest quality grapes for their Champagnes.
The Joyau cuvée was created in 1961 by René Boizel, who chose the exceptional and memorable 1961 vintage to launch this special wine.
Quintessence of the Boizel “savoir faire,” the powerful but elegant Joyau de France expresses the best of great Champagne; this cuvée is made only in exceptional vintages. Only Chardonnay from four Côte des Blancs crus were selected for Joyau de France Chardonnay 2007: Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, and Vertus. Only the first press juice was used.AGEING
Aged 10 years on its lees in the House’s cellars.TASTING NOTES
The nose is refined and elegant, opening with fresh floral hawthorn and nutty almond aromas, underpinned by hints of grapefruit and lemon peel citrus. The complexity of the aromatic range shines through with notes of pastry accentuated by very delicate minerality.
On the palate, the wine is dense and ample, with a clean and balanced structure. The year’s characteristic freshness and vivacity are very apparent and combine harmoniously with the mineral, almost saline notes and generous, toasted aromas of grilled hazelnuts and brioche. The finish is persistent and fresh, with a racy minerality.