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Champagne Eric Rodez — Montaigne de Reims
In addition to working with the family vineyards, Eric also worked at Krug for several years. It was there (where they are known for blending many different parcels and vintages) that he really developed his passion for blending. While many Champagnes are mostly from one year with perhaps a small amount of the previous vintage or two blended in, Rodez relies heavily on reserve wines and often blends anywhere from 5-10 different vintages in his final cuvées.
For Eric, this is the most secret and individualistic part of his work. As he says: "It is a real pleasure to stand in front of a wide range of samples from a current year to which we'll add numerous wines from previous years. It's the creation of something new, like putting musical notes down on paper. And you're never sure where the melody will go.” “You try to direct it but it's like walking up a circular staircase without knowing where it will lead," he adds. "I find that incredibly exciting."
Rodez Champagnes are excellent—rich yet elegant, vinous yet complex, and delicious in every sense of the word. In addition, with components from wines going back sometimes a decade, they are tremendous values!
Champagne Eric Rodez Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Brut “Les Beurys” 2008
100% Pinot Noir coming from a single south-facing vineyard with chalky soils in grand cru Ambonnay. The wine is vinified in small oak barrels and does not undergo malolactic fermentation. Dosage is a mere 2 grams/liter (extra brut). With its highly expressive nose of dried and candied fruits, this is a very enticing glass of champagne. On the palate it is powerful yet fresh and balanced, with a long finish.