About This Wine
Ernest Rapeneau was just 25 when he found his life’s work.
In 1925, Rapeneau established a Champagne negociant company. His goal was to produce and sell Champagne only of the highest quality. As the years passed, he built upon his success by investing in premium vineyard land, including plots originally planted by Charles de Cazanove in the early 1800s.
Today, the Rapeneau family is the largest independent vineyard owner and producer of Champagne in the world. The company also owns “Premier Cru” vineyards in the Montagne de Reims, representing the top 17% of all vineyards on the Champagne quality spectrum.
The Charles de Cazanove “Premier Cru” blends equal amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from those special vineyards, then is aged for 30 months in the bottle prior to release. Its refreshing, mildly nutty quality makes it an ideal aperitif, and it’s a delicious testament to Ernest Rapeneau’s vision early in the 20th century.
- Grape Composition:50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay
- Grape Source:Montagne de Reims in Champagne, France
- Aromas & Flavors:Bread, Toast, Nuts, Lemon Rind and Apple
- Aging Vessels:In the Bottle for 30 Months Prior to Release
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionspinach and Feta triangles, or crabmeat-avocado quesadillas.