Champagne Chavost - NV - Blanc D'Assemblage Brut Nature
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Champagne Chavost - NV - Blanc D'Assemblage Brut Nature

Blend:  47% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Meunier, 6% Pinot Noir

Champagne, France

Fabian Daviaux from Champagne Chavost is one of those generational movers. He is making quite a splash in defining the idea of a grower, negociant and/or co-op. The trend in recent years has been to look for the term RM, or focus on growers, but this is evolving. Buying land in champagne isn’t easy. Young winemakers are looking for other ways to follow their dreams. Buying grapes from growers they trust and operating under negoc is a very suitable option. For example, Fabian still operates under his family’s co-op. Fabian sits on the board of their 5ha co-op and made the decision to say, “we are going organic”. Albeit aggressive, it was the only way to sway them into organic farming and show that it is the way of the future. Fabian took the time to invest in sharing his goals and passion with members through a series of tastings and educational conversations. This approach has worked quite well. They have gotten a nice portion of their growers to farm organically since 2016. These grapes have since been included in the new wines of Champagne Chavost. (Thatcher's Wine)

This is blend of sustainably sourced Chardonnay and Meunier, with a splash of Pinot Noir that fermented on spontaneous, airborne yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation was also carried out naturally. The resulting wine was transferred into bottle and aged for at least 20 months before disgorgement without a gram of sugar (Brut Nature) or a single dose of sulfur. Again, eschewing the latter is an extremely rare practice in Champagne! This specific lot was fitted with a natural cork in 2021.