It’s safe to say Mr Spittoon and I had a brilliant Champagne Day. Once we knocked off work we got stuck into this bottle of Champagne Vollereaux Brut Reserved and wow we were both so impressed with it! A massive thank you to Tracey at The Wine Company for sending over this bottle for us to try and introducing us to this fabulous grower champagne.
And by ‘grower champagne’ I mean Vollereaux produce their champagne from their own vineyards. That may sound completely normal, but in champagne it’s actually not that normal. The big champagne houses, which you probably all know the names of, actually buy their grapes from lots of grape growers throughout the champagne region rather than having their own vineyards.
Vollereaux began producing champagne in 1923. It’s still owned by the same family and they produce around 445k bottles per year. They’re an exciting producer who are experimenting and trying new things from submerging bottles off the coast of the Isle of Ouessant to age for a year, to planting Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Petit Meslier in their vineyards. It’s worth keeping an eye on these guys.
I found the Vollereaux Brut Reserve a sandy yellow colour in the glass with a fine stream of Milky Way like bubbles. Notes of crisp apples, florals and crunchy biscuits rise from the glass. While in the mouth it’s super smooth with a lick of effervescence. I love how Mr Spittoon described the mouthfeel: ‘delicate fragile bubbles’. Flavours of candied lemon backed with hints of nutty creme brûlée decorated with edible fragrant flowers and refreshing citrus has made this a champagne I’ll definitely be drinking again!
- Prince Wine Store – 177 Bank St, Sth Melbourne 03 9686 3033
- Armadale Cellars – 813-817 High St, Armadale 03 9509 3055
- Harbourside Cellars – Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling St, Darling Harbour 02 9281 6155
- Wine Experience – 150 Baroona Rd, Paddington 07 3368 1572
- Thirsty Camel Highgate Hill – Cnr Gladstone Rd & Prospect Terrace, Highgate Hill 07 3844 5822
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine