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Cuvée

 

in champagne production, originally the name for high-quality must or must obtained from the first three pressings of the grapes. The term “cuvée” was used to denote differences in the quality of wines, which were graded as first, second, and third cuvée wines. First cuvée wine was the best wine of a region or a high-quality wine in general. The term was also used to indicate the quality of champagne.

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Awarded an eco-trophy by the Montagne de Reims National Park for its wine-making facilities at Ludes, its organically certified cuvee is a blend of 50% chardonnay, 40% pinot meunier and a top up of pinot noir.
There's no doubting the prestige cuvee Comtes de Champagne is the jewel in the crown, but this latest release is made exclusively from grand cru grapes and is a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir.
Over at Pommery, I met Thierry Gasco, the chef de caves responsible for 14 different cuvees.
The non-vintage cuvee will be available through Hatch Mansfield at a price point of 37.
Vranken Pommery Monopole will be showcasing selected Champagnes, including its new Falltime cuvee, to complete its seasonal range.
Surprise your guests with Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, $25 or Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, $27; Domaine Chandon Reserve Brut, $20; Domaine Carneros, $21; Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee, $18; or Iron Horse Blanc de Blancs, $25--all from California.
On Friday, residents stocked up on their favorite carbonated cuvees.
The top cuvees, the Mourvedre based L'Ancely and Le Porte du Ciel, Syrah, are made in 'garage' like proportions, selling at around 53 euros and 79 euros at the cellar door.
More impressive is the meaty, gamey La Falaise, based on a Syrah blend, with both cuvees selling at 6 and 13 euros respectively.
The 65 [pounds sterling] prestige cuvee Diamant Bleu is made from fruit from just six carefully selected Grand Crus vineyards.
Dom Perignon, the other exceptional Cuvee of international renown, will continue for its part to be distributed through the Moet & Chandon network.