Based in Verzenay, Champagne Janisson made the transition from grower to Champagne house in 2014, when they also built their futuristic new winery. This NV Grand Cru really impresses: Jansson’s own holdings are supplemented with some bought in grapes. It’s a lovely wine, and it’s also beautifully packaged.
Champagne Janisson & Fils Grand Cru NV
12% alcohol. 9 g/l dosage. 5 years on the lees, bottled 2010, disgorged 2015. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay from Grand Cru sites: Mailly, Verzenay, Avize and Mesnil sur Oger. 18% reserve wines. Complex, pure and quite fresh with lovely lemony fruit, a bit of pear and some subtle toastiness. Clean, pure and quite fine with real precision and a hint of sweetness from the dosage, providing a nice foil to the lemony acidity. Really focused and delicious with precise flavours. Subtle herb notes on the finish. 92/100 (Retail is £45 in the UK; agent New Generation Wines)
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