Cuvée CXVI Sans Soufre Blanc de Noirs Augustin
A winemaker's champagne full of character and artisan craftsmanship that is enormously powerful, sophisticated and exciting. The sensual and harmonious bouquet reminds of green apples, black and red fruits accompanied by dark spices. The perlage is fine, with a soft mousse and velvety finish. On the palate this dry champagne presents itself with a fan of citrus aromas, a tart, exciting aroma and a soft brioche character. It is smooth, balanced and with brilliant minerality. This champagne can be drunk very well, like white Burgundy, even at slightly higher temperatures. No added sulphur; contains only naturally occurring sulphites.
France – Philosophy in a bottle
According to French philosophy, wine should be an expression of the soil and climate. They use the word “terroir” to describe this. Terroir makes every wine different, and many especially good. French wine is regarded worldwide as an expression of cultural perfection. The French believe that humans are responsible for the quality of the berries, the vine variety for their character, and nature for the quantity. This philosophy can be expressed succinctly as: “the truth is the vineyard, not the man.”
When the paths of Emmanuelle and Marc crossed, two champagne houses that had existed for four and five generations respectively came together. It was a union that gave birth to a shared passion: Champagne Augustin.
Marc and Emmanuelle Augustin refer to themselves as "coeurviticulteurs", loosely translated as "winemakers with heart". They have dedicated themselves to their work with their hearts and minds, cultivating their vines using biodynamic methods involving empathy and sensitive, constant observation of nature.
Blueprint of the terroir
No other variety expresses its terroir as precisely as Pinot noir. It is a sensitive, fragile grape. But when it succeeds, it gives the world some of its very greatest wine plants. It especially excels in Burgundy, where it has been cultivated for at least 700 years. Even in the middle ages, it was considered so precious that it was kept separate from other grapes so as to not diminish its value. The finest examples are delicate and fragrant with aromas of cherries and red berries. With maturity, notes of forest floor, leather and truffles enter as well. An irresistible fruity sweetness still shines through, even after several decades. The Pinot noir does well in cool locations: in Switzerland and in Germany, where it is known as Blauburgunder and Spätburgunder respectively; in Alsace and in South Tyrol, in Oregon, New Zealand and Tasmania. Not least, it yields fantastic champagnes. It is a wonderful culinary companion. With its soft tannins and charming bouquet, it meshes with everything, from Güggeli and cheeses to fried fish.