Monday, November 20, 2017

Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser

I was not personally familiar with Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser until I did a tasting recently in Houston with 4th generation winemaker, Sébastien Tribaut. Though the wines are just now becoming available in my market, the maison is well-known for their house style which involves aging their reserve wines in foudres or large wooden vats made from French oak which gives the wines a rounder feel. 

Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser has about 40 hectares of family owned vineyards primarily located in the communes of Romery, Cormoyeux and Fleurie-la-Rivière though they also source from other high quality sites who follow their same protocol of sustainable viticulture.

The wines:

Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser Brut Origine - A blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Meunier with three years aging on the lees and only 10% reserve wine added gives this wine light, fruity notes of apricot, green apple and citrus with a fresh finish.

Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser Blanc de Chardonnay - This wine is 100% Chardonnay with 20% of the grapes from old vines from Aÿ; it was aged for four years on the lees. Floral aromas of honeysuckle with toasted notes and a lingering crisp, mineral finish. 

Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser Brut Rosé - A blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Meunier with three years aging on the lees gives this wine bright aromas of raspberry and blood orange with a matched lingering taste.

Cuvée René Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser - This wine is named for the house's founder, René Schloesser. The blend is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir and contains 50% of the foudre-aged reserve wines. The cuvée is aged for 6 years on the lees prior to disgorgement. Fuller-bodied and rich with a hazelnut brioche character and a long, elegant finish.

l'Authentique Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser 2008 - Sourced from old vines in Aÿ, Romery and Écueil, this is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay wine which was aged in foudre for two years followed by five years of bottle aging on the lees before disgorgement. Sébastien Tribaut recommends decanting this wine to fully release all that it has to offer. Full-bodied, dry and intense with caramelized bakery notes through the lengthy finish.

All of the wines are recommended, I particularly enjoyed the Champagne Tribaut-Schloesser Blanc de Chardonnay which can be found on-line for about $35.