Story of the Wine:
Champagne is arguably the world’s most famous wine that has established its reputation over the last 300 years. There are 2 main types of Champagne house the big famous names such as Moet and Bollinger and over the last 40 years there has been the growth of small, family producers. Laforge-Testa is one such small, family producer that in the past sold their grapes and juice to houses such as Moet et Chandon and Jacquart. It is situated in the valley of the Marne at Charly-sur-Marne, half way between Paris and Reims. It has been a family owned concern for 4 generations and they own all their vineyards.
Grape(s): 50% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay 10% Pinot Meunier
Area: From 22 parcels of vineyards in Charly sur Marne (20%) and Crouttes sur Marne (80%).
Champagne is just so evocative of good taste and there are plenty of small family Champagne houses making excellent wine such as Laforge-Testa. A lovely elegant yeasty, biscuit nose that so typifies good Champagne. On the palate it is soft and rounded with just a touch of earthiness and a good length.
This family run champagne house was founded in 1913 by
Emile Laforge. Today the great grand-daughter of the original founder Armelle Testa and her husband José run Champagne Laforge-Testa.
The vineyard is in the Marne Valley, an hour
from Paris. They predominantly grow Chardonnay and
Pinot Noir grapes. Pinot Meunier is only used in 10% of the
Grande Reserve wine. The champagnes are aged in their
cellars, the Rosé is aged for 4 years, the Grand Reserve for 5
years, the Blanc des Blancs for 7 years and their vintage
champagne is aged for 10 years. Laforge-Testa is certified
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