A. Margaine


A. Margaine Special Club Blanc de Blancs '12 |Blanc de Blancs |2012

A. Margaine

A. Margaine Special Club Blanc de Blancs '12

Blanc de Blancs 2012

$169.95

- A limited release made only in the best year and part of the famous 'Special Club'

- 100% chardonnay from multiple villages in Villers-Marmery

- Consider ageing this one in the cellar...

Margaine blends his Special Club from different parcels in Villers-Marmery each year, and the 2012 comes from Les Vardelles, Les Champs d’Enfer, Les Ruelles, and Le Chemin de Verzy.

It’s full and fragrant, with waxy notes of peach, apricot and exotic citrus, and while all of it went through malolactic, it still feels brisk and taut, energized both by its vivid acidity and salty chalkiness.

It finishes with sleek richness and length, and promises to develop superbly well in the cellar. Peter Liem

What is the Special Club or Club de Tresors? Have a read below or click the link to find out more. 

Arnaud Margaine is a fourth generation grower-producer and his family have vineyards in Villers Marmery. This town is considered somewhat of an oddity, as it is primarily a chardonnay village amidst a mountain of Pinot noir. Why is this special? The Chardonnay used by Margaine in Villers Marmery is specific to this area and cannot be found anywhere else in Champagne. This immediately stands out as an identity that Arnaud wants to preserve which is present in the Margaine cuvées. His approach to making his champagne is to assess each year as it presents itself as opposed to a pre-determined recipe. Using a prescribed approach is restrictive to the true nature of the wine. He is a proponent of blocking malolactic fermentation, as he wants to preserve what he describes as ‘fruit freshness’ and not just acidity. Lastly, he says of being an Artisan: “Under the banner "Artisan of Champagne", the human value is predominant and it is the one that unites the group. On this base, there is also the passion of the terroir and the way everyone interprets it.” 

Created in 1971 the Club Trésors was the first association of winemakers in Champagne to advocate an approach to viticulture based on the utmost standards of quality.

The Club is first and foremost about bringing together a group of like-minded men and women who are totally committed to the common objective of excellence. Since the creation of this pioneering association the members have strived to preserve the essence of their various terroirs and to promote the exceptional character of their wines. Today this philosophy is more relevant than ever.

About the house

Arnaud Margaine is a fourth generation grower-producer and his family have vineyards in Villers Marmery. This town is considered somewhat of an oddity, as it is primarily a chardonnay village amidst a mountain of Pinot noir. Why is this special? The Chardonnay used by Margaine in Villers Marmery is specific to this area and cannot be found anywhere else in Champagne. This immediately stands out as an identity that Arnaud wants to preserve which is present in the Margaine cuvées. His approach to making his champagne is to assess each year as it presents itself as opposed to a pre-determined recipe. Using a prescribed approach is restrictive to the true nature of the wine. He is a proponent of blocking malolactic fermentation, as he wants to preserve what he describes as ‘fruit freshness’ and not just acidity. Lastly, he says of being an Artisan: “Under the banner "Artisan of Champagne", the human value is predominant and it is the one that unites the group. On this base, there is also the passion of the terroir and the way everyone interprets it.” 

What is the Special Club?

Created in 1971 the Club Trésors was the first association of winemakers in Champagne to advocate an approach to viticulture based on the utmost standards of quality.

The Club is first and foremost about bringing together a group of like-minded men and women who are totally committed to the common objective of excellence. Since the creation of this pioneering association the members have strived to preserve the essence of their various terroirs and to promote the exceptional character of their wines. Today this philosophy is more relevant than ever.

Descriptors & Texture


Chewy Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking


Extra Brut Partial malo

Earth


Mineral Salty Chalky

Stone Fruit


Apricot Peach