I first fell in love with wine over a bottle of 1961 Krug back in 1969. It was Champagne that was my first love, Champagne that sent me down this glorious road. Soon thereafter I encountered a bottle of 1959 La Tâche and I was captivated by the magic of Burgundy. Those two great bottles pretty much framed my view of the wine world that hasn't really changed much over the ensuing decades.
I've dreamed of making Champagne for a long time. I toyed with the idea of making sparkling in Oregon, but ultimately decided that if ever was going to make sparkling it would have to be the real deal, Champagne. The opportunity to realize a long-time dream came to me with a gracious offer from Sophie Cossy to collaborate on a wine that we would make together from her grapes and in her winery in Jouy-lès-Reims.
Our first release, the Caveau Extra-Brut was sold on pre-arrival last spring and quickly sold-out. Sophie and I then got to work on our next cuvée, which was released in the spring of 2016. It's a blend of 35% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Chardonnay from the 2010 vintage, aged over four years on its lees, disgorged in December 2015 with a dosage of 2.4 grams/liter. I could not be happier with the results. It's a wine with beautiful citrus, lemon-lime notes coupled with lovely brioche and yeasty aromatics. Fresh and clean, rich fruit and great precision - this is what I want to drink! ONLY 100 cases were produced, and Sophie and I are working on another release for fall 2016, with more potential bottlings in the work as well. Stay tuned!