Flavien Nowack


Flavien Nowack La Tuilerie '14 |Blanc de Blancs |2014

Flavien Nowack

Flavien Nowack La Tuilerie '14

Blanc de Blancs 2014

$149.99

- 100% Chardonnay coming from a single vineyard of 1.2 hectares called 'La Tuilerie'

- Single Vineyard. Single Variety. Single Year

- Zero dosage. Barrel-fermented. Biodynamic. 

Lemon sherbet on the nose with some chalkiness coming through. The palate is super fresh with a saline-juiciness that makes your mouth water.

It has a long acid line leading into grapefruit, lemon verbena and the mousse is soft on the tongue.

What a gorgeous expression of 'parcellaire' - single-vineyard style champagne.

Technical notes: Disgorged: June 2017 | Dosage: 2 g/l | Base year harvest: 2014 | Aged under cork "La Tuilerie vineyard lies in the middle of the slope in Vandières, where there’s calcareous sand over a layer of gritstone (pierre meulière), which itself lies above the hard white marl on the right. Flavien's 2014 is terrific, full of energy and vitality, and its expression is much more one of soil than of grape variety." - Peter Liem.

The Nowack family has its roots in the Czech Republic, but it has been cultivating grapes in Vandières since 1795. Un until 1915 though, the family's main activity was to produce roof tiles and bricks. When the First World War conscription system was imposed, Ferdinand Nowack decided to produce his own champagne so the sales could provide for the family, whilst he and his son  were at the war front. After the war, they expanded their production and never looked back. Terroir - Caroline Henry.

Flavien joined his father in 2012 and decided to make some changes, notably, moving towards tilling the earth, incorporating biodynamic principles and being creating terroir-driven champagne. He studied at Avize university and was classmates with Guillaume Selosse, son of the infamous Anselme and it was he who showed him the differences in soil types and farming methods that encourage personality and expression.

Being such an expressive and mineral driven champagne that's all about where's it's from rather than fancy winemaking, keep it simple. Steamed or poached Hapuka (Bass Groper) fish (or similar flaky fish) with a Champagne-Citrus Beurre blanc and some clean flavours like radish, cucumber and daikon. If you are vegetarian, try celeriac purèe with roast yukon gold potatoes and thyme.

About the house

The Nowack family has its roots in the Czech Republic, but it has been cultivating grapes in Vandières since 1795. Un until 1915 though, the family's main activity was to produce roof tiles and bricks. When the First World War conscription system was imposed, Ferdinand Nowack decided to produce his own champagne so the sales could provide for the family, whilst he and his son  were at the war front. After the war, they expanded their production and never looked back. Terroir - Caroline Henry.

Flavien joined his father in 2012 and decided to make some changes, notably, moving towards tilling the earth, incorporating biodynamic principles and being creating terroir-driven champagne. He studied at Avize university and was classmates with Guillaume Selosse, son of the infamous Anselme and it was he who showed him the differences in soil types and farming methods that encourage personality and expression.

Food pairing

Being such an expressive and mineral driven champagne that's all about where's it's from rather than fancy winemaking, keep it simple. Steamed or poached Hapuka (Bass Groper) fish (or similar flaky fish) with a Champagne-Citrus Beurre blanc and some clean flavours like radish, cucumber and daikon. If you are vegetarian, try celeriac purèe with roast yukon gold potatoes and thyme.

Descriptors & Texture


Creamy

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented Barrel-maturation Biodynamic Biodynamic Producer

Earth


Mineral Chalky Wet Stone

Tropical Fruit


Yellow Fruit