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Claude Cazals, 'Clos Cazals' Blanc de Blancs, Vieilles Vignes, Extra-Brut, Grand Cru Oger, Champagne, France, 2013

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Overview of the Wine
The Cazals family first came to Champagne in 1897 when a professional barrel maker from the Languedoc- Roussillon delivered some large barrels and decided to stay. Ernest Cazals put down roots in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs, married a local, and prospered. In the 1950s his son Olivier bought a house in the village of Oger, a mile to the north, for his son Claude. This house happened to be the former home of Léon Bourgeois, “the spiritual father” of the League of Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner. The property had a nine acre walled garden attached that led to the back of the Church of Oger. Father and son saw great potential in this site, and began planting Chardonnay vines by their family home. From the 1950s until 1997, the grapes from this site were blended into the other cuvees of Claude Cazals. Delphine Cazals had noticed that the grapes grown in the Clos ripened a full gram of sugar riper than the surrounding plots, a strong consideration in cool Champagne. In the 1990s Delphine pushed her father to make a singular cuvee from this site showcasing its unique terroir, and began making this cuvee in 1997.

Grape / Blend
Chardonnay

Origin
Champagne, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes 
It expresses itself clearly on notes of white flowers, orange blossom, white fruit with hints of citrus; making it greedy, subtle and silky with a delicate and continuous effervescence.

100% hand-harvested Chardonnay from 65 year old vines planted on chalky soil. The fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats and 10% oak barrels, including the malolactic fermentation. A fine and elegant champagne with notes of white flowers and citrus fruits with an appreciable roundness revealed by a minimal dosage between Extra-Brut and Brut Nature depending on the vintage – the 2013 received 2gr/liter.  Aged for 10 years on the lees before release. 12.5% alcohol.

94 Points - Cellar Tracker 

Product size: 750ml

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