In December 2013, we had bought a bottle of the Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru and really enjoyed it (review here). Louis de Sacy is the kind of brand I like to support – relatively small production and mostly family owned, these are the grower-producers.
These are not large, multi-nationals that employ thousands and trade on their luxury status; these are hard-working folks, many of whom struggle to make profits but for whom the ultimate goal is the highest quality champagnes (see Geoffroy, Guiborat et fils and Business Insider).
In June 2014, we followed up with an in-person visit to the house of Louis de Sacy in Verzy, Champagne. We were graciously received by Alain Sacy’s daughter from whom we’d purchased our first bottle in Vancouver. When we returned to Vancouver, we purchased a half bottle of the Brut Rose Grand Cru.
This wine earned a respectable 93 points in Wine Spectator. It’s a blend of 90 Pinot Noir and 10 Pinot Meunier grown in 100% Grand Cru vineyards. Medium salmon in colour, it has a creamy mousse with a delicious medium plus nose of strawberries, field berries, danish and just-baked bread.
The palate is dry with medium plus acidity, medium alcohol and medium plus body. The medium intensity flavours exude more ripe strawberry, brioche and fresh, yeasty bread and offer a medium plus finish.
WSET ‘Very Good’, drinking beautifully and with an intriguing nose and palate.