Jerome Prevost La Closerie Les Beguines LC17 Champagne
Jérôme Prévost doesn't make vintage labelled Champagnes, however his wines are always of a single vintage, he puts a code on the bottle to indicate the year of harvest. This "LC" (Lot Consigné) number, reveals the vintage. Prévost has in the past only made this one single and highly coveted wine each year from the Les Béguines vineyard, however he now also typically releases a tiny amount of rosé. Needless to say this level of scarcity and generous attention makes for a highly coveted Champagne.
Prévost's 2.2 hectare vineyard, Les Béguines, is in Gueux, 10km west of Reims in the north of the region. Inherited from Jérôme's grandmother, the site was planted in the 1960s with an old, slow growing, rootstock that descends deeply. Les Béguines 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.
On the nose the Jerome Prevost La Closerie Les Beguines LC17 Champagne has aromas of citrus, flowers, bees wax and spices. On the palate, medium to full-bodied, lively yet concentrated fizz, with a ripe core of fruit and some seriously fun acidity.