We all know Champagne to be the most prestigious of sparkling wines produced in the region of Champagne in France.
This month we’re excited to introduce you to Champagne Frerejean Frères thanks to Janine Lum director of Melbourne’s, European Women in Business.
Founded in 2005 by three brothers, Rodolphe, Richard, and Guillaume, Frerejean -Taittinger, who hailed from one of Champagne’s most famous and historic houses – Taittinger.
Champagne Frerejean Frères is taking cellaring to new depths. The 2008 Cuvée des Hussards Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs has had an additional two years ageing just off the coast of Brittany, France. Submerged at 60 metres, the constant temperature, the darkness of the sea, and the pressure at that depth allows for exceptional cellaring. The result is a complex wine, full of tension, elegance, and minerality.
Did you know the French will never tell you to swirl Champagne? They call it ‘Champagne battering’ because in 30 seconds you’ll basically kill the bubbles that took at least 3 years to make.
“We produce champagnes with traditional craftsmanship and rigorous expertise. The fruit of the unique terroir of the Côte des Blancs region, our wines are crafted from the best parcelles of vines in the area. They are wines of character; both complex and elegant, produced in Premier Cru and Grand Cru only. With a focus on modern-day craftsmanship, we work the terroir using traditional methods.
After fermentation, each Champagne is carefully ‘assembled’ from 25 wines from our different parcelles. The Champagne is turned by hand several times a day as it ages. We have tens of thousands of bottles in our cellars at any one time, to be ‘riddled’. We add minimal sugar in the final stages, to retain the style of the terroir.”
20 Million bubbles are in a glass of Champagne! Pouring on a slant preserves the bubbles and the flavour!
It takes between 6 and 8 years to make each bottle of Frerejean Frères Brut Premier Cru, and at least 8 to make a vintage cuvée.
We take the time.
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To purchase Champagne Frerejean Frères, please see https://www.nicks.com.au/frerejean-freres-blanc-de-blancs-premier-cru-champagne
Presented by https://www.europeanwomeninbusiness.com.au/
Written by Melinda Sullivan