J Charpentier Champagne Tradition Brut is a joyous blend celebrating the fruitiness of Pinot Meunier with tiny touches of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from all of their crus. It spends around two years on lees and has a bit of reserve wine but focuses on having a young wine profile. It is their flagship wine and an unabashed crowd pleaser. Dosage 7.6 g/l.
J. Charpentier has been involved with Champagne in the Marne Valley for five generations in the little town of Villers-Sous Chatillon. After many years as growers, they became winemakers in 1969 with Jacky Charpentier with the current winemaker Jean-Marc taking the reins with the 2004 vintage. All of their wines come from fifteen hectares spread out over 38 parcels that they organically farm and harvest by hand. Pinot Meunier gives fruitiness, while Pinot Noir gives structure and Chardonnay lends a floral freshness. They gently vinify each parcel separately with extended aging on the lees for fine bead and sublime length. The dosage is balanced through relatively high acidity by preventing some of the wines going through malolactic.
Enjoy J Charpentier Champagne Brut Tradition as the perfect aperitif and with any epicurean meal, including desserts. Cheers!