Barnaut Blanc de Noirs Brut

  • W&S93
  • V92
  • WE91
  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

Philippe first made this wine in 1995 and quickly gained a reputation for burnishing the finesse in what is, given the grape and the terroir, an innately large-scale wine. His rendition stands in contrast to the single vineyard Blanc de Noirs made by his friend Francis Egly of Egly-Ouriet in Ambonnay, a contemporary who is also well known for this class of wine but whose style emphasizes the power and weight of the area's Pinot Noir.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

This pinot noir goes through malolactic conversion, and, though that may soften it a bit, the wine still comes across as tense and dynamic. Its big structure is filled with the power of pinot noir, with racy bubbles and a bright, airy finish.

V 92
The NV Brut Grande Réserve Héritage Familial is an absolutely gorgeous Champagne that captures the natural resonance and breadth of Bouzy, all in a vinous, creamy style that is so appealing. Orchard fruit, spice, tangerine oil and warm, toasty notes all build effortlessly in the glass. The Grande Réserve Héritage Familial is two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Coming from the grand cru village of Bouzy, with its reputation for powerful Pinot Noir, this Champagne has something of that concentration, but balances that with elegance, freshness and plenty of crisp acidity. Its fruitiness, laced with minerality, makes for a wine that is ready to drink.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Disgorged in September 2019, Barnaut's NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru reveals aromas of smoky pear, waxy citrus rind and toasted bread. Medium to full-bodied, with a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and a youthfully frothy mousse, it's a touch less concentrated than the 2017 disgorgement, but it's a pretty Blanc de Noirs.
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Champagne Barnaut

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Champagne Barnaut, France
Edmond Barnaut was one of the first pioneers in Champagne to create his own brand outside of the controlling centers-of-power of Epernay and Reims. In 1874 he set up shop in Bouzy, where he owned vines and where he married Appoline Godmé- Barancourt, heir to additional vineyards in the village. Cellars were dug as deep as 15 meters underground, and the first cuvee, made of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay, was launched. That wine is still made today under the Grande Réserve label, with its reserve wine coming from a perpetual cuvée begun by Edmond himself and maintained through five generations of Barnaut descendants. Philippe Secondé took over in 1985 and soon made a name for himself with his vinous Blanc de Noirs and his strikingly flavorful rosé. He increased the domain's vineyards, modernized its cellar, expanded production, and moved its viticulture footing to lutte raisonnée - plowing between rows, using only organic composts, and minimizing fungicide applications. Today Champagne Barnaut farms 11.27 hectares (28 acres) divided among 32 parcels in the grand cru vineyards of Bouzy, Ambonnay and Louvois. The latter two communes are adjacent to Bouzy, and Barnaut’s holdings in them represent 5% of the domain’s grand cru totals. In addition, the domain farms 4.6 hectares (11 acres) in the Marne Valley and sells those grapes to the cooperative that makes the Nicolas Feuillatte brand, while saving some Chardonnay to make a Blanc de Blancs. Pinot Noir makes up a solid 80% of Barnaut’s production, with Chardonnay making up the rest. All fruit is selected on a sorting table. All the cuvées of wine undergo malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, and fifty percent of each year’s crop is saved as reserve wine.
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A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.

There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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