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Pommery Cuvee Louise Nature 2004
New Release. Price £135.00.
Pommery has launched a zero dosage Champagne with the release of Cuvée Louise 2004.
The packaging is different from the standard offering, and features, in place of Louise’s white paper, a transparent label to reflect the fact that it is "naked” according to cellar master Thierry Gasco.
Brut Nature Champagne was the idea of Pommery owner since 2002, Paul-François Vranken, who wanted to pay tribute to the maison’s innovative past: back in 1874, Madame Louise Pommery introduced the first commercially successful Brut Champagne, called Pommery Nature.
However, delaying the release of a bone dry Champagne has been Gasco, who has been trying to find a base wine rich enough to be pleasant without any added sugar:
“You must give to Champagne the quantity [of sugar in the dosage] that the Champagne needs – never less, and never more – and if I took our Brut Royal, which has a dosage of 10g/l, and I decreased it, I am sure ... the consumer would say that the Champagne is green”.
With the Cuvée Louise 2004, Gasco reveals it was possible to create a sugarless Champagne because the wine was “mature” and it had gained richness from 10 years ageing in bottle on the wine’s lees.
On the palate it is straight as an ‘I’ and remains very tense, leaving the impression of surfing on a razor blade given its great fineness. Its final is very direct and the finish in the mouth leaves a memory of a very subtle wine.
The listed and sign-posted Cuvée Louise estates receive regular attention throughout the year. The Avize and Cramant Chardonnay grape and Ay Pinot Noir grape have particularly high sugar content.
Thierry Gasco’s Expertise:
Background Information :
Madame Pommery created the first successfully marketed Brut Champagne ‘Pommery Nature 1874’ at a time when most Champagnes were excessively sweetened by sugar. This set the benchmark for the rest of Champagne and it is in this spirit that the style of Pommery endures; with each unique cuvée displaying elegance, finesse and true class.