Rene Geoffroy Les Houtrants Complantés
A Champagne of expertise from 5 different grape varieties.
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The Geoffroy House has its origins dating back to the early 17th century on the lands of the commune of Cumières, in the heart of the Vallée de la Marne. Since then, the winegrowing know-how has been passed on from generation to generation and today, Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy and his wife Karine, accompanied by their daughters, watch over their 14 hectares vineyard with passion. They produce Champagnes "of winemaker" as we like to say, that is to say authentic and bearers of a history that is found even in their taste of terroir.
What is the history of the Geoffroy House?
The Village of Cumières is the anchor of the Geoffroy family in the 17th century. Generations follow one another but it is really only in the early 1950s that René Geoffroy and his wife Julienne decide to elaborate their own Champagne, thus the Geoffroy brand is born. Their son René succeeded his parents at the head of the company and acquired new parcels of vines in order to develop his business properly. His son Jean-Baptiste took over at the end of the 1980s, having graduated in viticulture and oenology. With his wife Karine, he decided to transfer the activity of Maison Geoffroy to Aÿ in 2008. Today, they gradually transmit their passion and know-how to their 5 daughters who will embody a fifth generation of winemakers.
What is the terroir of Maison Geoffroy?
The vineyard of Maison Geoffroy covers 14 hectares on the hillsides of Damery, Hautvillers, Fleury la rivière and especially Cumières. Cumières is a village that is classified as Premier Cru, between the river la marne and rugged southeast facing hillsides. The grape variety is 42% Pinot Noir, 39% Pinot Meunier and 19% Chardonnay, and the oldest plot was planted in 1926, with the vines having an average age of 20 years.
The soils are chalky for the Chardonnay, clay-limestone for the Pinot Meunier and clay-siliceous for the Pinot Noir.
The wines are aged for the most part in oak tuns and then aged in bottles in the house's chalky cellars nearly 15 meters deep.
The emblematic cuvées of Maison Geoffroy
Each cuvée of Maison Geoffroy is the identity of a great terroir, asserting a character of its own.
The cuvée Expression Brut Premier Cru reflects the style of Maison Geoffroy, being lively, iodized and with a beautiful aromatics centered on floral and vanilla notes. It will be perfect with an aperitif or shellfish.
What if you succumbed to the very original Blanc de Rose Extra brut Premier Cru, made by a bleeding of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in parity and imagined by Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy. A very greedy Champagne Rosé, with beautiful notes of citrus, grenadine and lemon zest. Mineral and fresh, it will satisfy summer aperitifs as well as raw fish dishes such as sushi or carpaccios.
Let's introduce the 2010 Cuvée Terre Millésimé, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the oldest parcels in the vineyard. A finely constructed Champagne, deep and with an aromatics carried on the flower and vanilla, ideal to accompany refined dishes.
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Description Rene Geoffroy Les Houtrants Complantés.
A Champagne made from a blend of the 5 grape varieties authorized in the Champagne region: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Arbane and Petit Meslier from the vineyard of Cumières classified as Premier Cru.
The vineyard is planted with these 5 varieties (a difficult technique to achieve which consists in replacing exhausted or dead vines).
The blending is not only about the grape varieties but also about the years of harvest used, which are three years. The number of bottles is very small: about 1000 bottles.
The bright gold dress.
The nose is very complex, each grape variety having brought its own complexity: red berries with the Pinot Noir, flowers with the Chardonnay, acacia and white truffle with the Arbane and candied apple with the Petit Meslier are the main fragrances discernible in this exceptional champagne.
The mouth is all in smoothness but powerful and remains on a creamy structure.
It is an aperitif champagne with foie gras or salmon canapés.
To be served around 12°C.
To be kept in the cellar for three or four years, bottle laid down away from light and noise. Good ageing potential.