L'Universelle Brut Champagne Baron Albert NV
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier|
Tasted 'blind' in a line-up of inexpensive champagnes (as well as one Grande Marque) this showed remarkably well, coming out as a clear winner. Bright, light and very fresh, this is an easy drinking 'aperitif' champagne with a very good finish. The Universelle cuvée comes from 7 different villages in the Marne Valley and has a rare blend - heavily dominated by Pinot Meunier (65%) with 30% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir. The Baron family then age this for nearly 4 years in the cellar before release. This is impressive fizz, properly made at this small, family domaine that offers exceptional value. L&S (Dec 2018)
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Champagne Baron Albert
The Baron family have been winegrowers and Champagne producers or 3 generations. Based in Charly sur Marne, in the middle of the Marne Valley. the marque 'Baron Albert' was created in 1947 by Albert Baron, who passed it and the vineyards on to his three sons. The vineyard, now an extensive 55 hectares, is composed of 65% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir.
Three sisters now run the show. Helped by their father Claude, Lise is in charge of the vines. Describing herself as more of a homebody than her older sister Claire, she likes being in Charly-sur-Marne, where her practical nature the utmost precision to vine-growing and winemaking. Claire, by contrast, is always travelling, always discovering and out talking to people - she is also a qualified viticulture and oenology, but is mainly involved in sales. The third sister Aline has a degree in biochemistry, a masters in microbiology, as well as being a qualified oenologist. Calmly technical and logical, she is always working and expeimenting to improve the production process.
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