Region: Montagne de Reims - Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc
Disgorged October 2020
Extra Brut. As you know, Jerome Prevost doesn't make vintage labelled Champagnes but his wines are always of a single vintage and he puts a code on the bottle to indicate the year of harvest. This "LC" number (Lot Consigne), printed on the base of the label, reveals the vintage.
Prévost’s 2.2-hectare vineyard, Les Beguines, is in Gueux, 10km west of Reims in the north of the region. The soil of Les Beguines is a layer-cake of calcareous (Thanetian) sand, over clay, over more calcareous sand. Inherited from Jerome’s grandmother, the site was planted in the 1960s with an old, slow-growing, less productive rootstock that descends deeply. Les Beguines is close to 100% Pinot Meunier, although there is now a small amount of 10-year-old Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc that has been planted next to the Pinot Meunier parcel. As these vines are still young, they are currently blended into the Les Beguines cuvee, and represent roughly 6% of the blend. With time they may produce a stand-alone wine. The vineyard management is of course organic, with the soils cultivated and yields kept at balanced levels.
This 2018 base is Prevost’s twentieth release of Les Beguines. As always, the wine was vinified without any additions in large-format used barrels for 10 months and bottled unfiltered. Prevost disgorged the wine after 18 months on lees and added two grams per litre dosage. Historically this wine was always from the same vintage, however the last two releases have seen a significant change and now 40% reserve wine is included. It’s a game changer—the wines are now even more complex and approachable from an early age.