2012 Philippe Glavier "Emotion" Brut, Champagne, France
ABOUT THIS WINE
100% Chardonnay. The fruit is harvested from sites in Cramant Grand Cru (10%), Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru (40%), Oger Grand Cru (40%), and Avize Grand Cru (10%); Chalk over clay with marl in Cramant and more alluvial soils in Oger. Both alcohol and molactic fermentations are conducted in Stainless steel. The wine then spends 89 months in bottle before disgorgment in September 2020.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Philippe and Véronique Glavier manage this small (4.5Ha) estate in the village of Cramant. This is a family run domaine; Philippe who studied in Avize, works the vineyards and cellar while Véronique manages the business. Véronique is the 12th generation of winegrowers in Monthelon, and as she was growing up she was categorically certain of one thing: She would never marry a wine grower. As fate (and life) would have it, she met Philippe, on a skiing trip in 1993 and he changed her mind. Champagne Glavier began in 1995. Phillipe used the cellars of Véronique’s family at first, until they were able to buy their own cuverie and build the press house and cellar. They were able to secure vineyards in Mesnil, Oger and Avize as well – in the last 20 years there has been a lot of work, and a lot of investment. Essentially this is a winery started from scratch. Today, they manage the estate in Cramant with holdings in Avize, Oger, Cramant and Les Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Glavier has 49 different terroirs over 4.5 hectares; each terroir is picked at optimal ripeness and vinified separately. The various final cuvées are assembled by taste and not by recipe.