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1997 Montaudon Gold Label Brut Champagne
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- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2007-2008)
- ABV 12%
- Closure: Cork
Champagne Montaudon is one of the most exciting and individual of Champagne Houses. The cellars are located in Reims, close to Reims Cathedral and are exported throughout Europe, USA, Japan, South Africa and now Australia. The Montaudon is still owned by the founding family, a rare thing in Champagne, which has become the home of Corporate Giants. In 1891 Auguste Louis Montaudon came to Champagne as a cellar manager. Some years later, his son Auguste Eugene, decided to create a Champagne House which danced its way to success in the 1920's and was later to become the wine found in the top Caberet Clubs of Paris. It is said that in 1936, the mystical star of Revue Negre and Folies Bergeres, Josephine Baker signed a contract with Montaudon to supply her Caberet Clubs with first class Champagne. The rest, as they say, is history. Whilst the buildings which house the operations of Montaudon are historic, the wine making facilities are very modern, with a number of small stainless steel vats available to ferment and store the base wines until they are required for blending.
Nicks Wine Merchants / Vintage Direct have managed to secure the marketing and distribution rights for this outstanding Champagne for the Australian Market. The quality of Montaudon is exceptional as can be attested by the comparative tasting results conducted by Wine Spectator Magazine in the USA. From our own tastings the results have been very impressive, particularly so when one considers the price points compared with other much larger Champagne Houses.
Champagne Montaudon have 45 ha of vineyard which include, Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs, Pinot Noir from Montague de Reims and Pinot Meunier from the Vallee de la Marne. The Vintage Montaudon has a remarkably solid structure, with powerful nose and palate. The French refer to this quality as having "strong personality." Again with all Montaudon's this mousse is impressive, delightfully heady creamy white. The bead is very fine, showing remarkable persistence. The nose is very pronounced with strong yeast autolysis character. Aroma of freshly baked bread, honeycomb, cashew and yeast lees fill the nose. The palate has plenty of weight with again very strong yeast autolysis flavours over a hazelnut and citrus back palate. Creamy texture, perfect acid balance, followed by a very long aftertaste of citrus and honeycomb.
Cellar 3-4 years (2007-2008)