The vineyard of Geraldine Lacourte and her husband Richard Desvignes is located in Ecueil in the heart of the Petit Montagne de Reims. They concentrate entirely on the 1er Cru sites in this village, which means they have short distances and spend a lot of time in their vineyards. They switched to organic viticulture in 2016 and their vineyards are bursting with vitality. Both of them have seen a lot of the world and only decided to take over the parental estate from Geraldine at a late stage. Geraldine worked in marketing in Germany for years! The style is therefore not dusty, but rather modern. The base wines are fermented in stainless steel and do not necessarily make the BSA. Only a part is aged in barrique. Very clear, precise and tight, they reflect their origin beautifully, never aggressive, always with a fine fruit and elegant depth.
Pale straw yellow, bright and clear.
With a lush attack, the nose combines aromas of orange zest, red apple peel and green almonds with the autolysis notes of yeast, bread crumbs and toasted hazelnuts. Presence is the theme that plays into Terroir d'Ecueil's hands when a good glass of Champagne is called for. Fierce with charming fruit, it immediately stands out in the glass like an A-plus with a star.
With a fine pearl, the Terroir d'Ecueil from Lacourte-Godbillon flows elegantly over the palate of the taster. With juicy, saucy fruit and a subtle yeasty note, the cuvée of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay combines power and noblesse in an unpretentious casualness. Disgorged after 30 months of yeast storage in December 2012 and dosed with a slim five grams, it is well-balanced thanks to its broad acidity and offers maximum champagne pleasure with a high level of craftsmanship and a long, delicately salty finish.
Food recommendations from Sebastian Bordthäuser
- Cucumber salad with borage, stale bread, goat cheese and elderflower dressing
- Smoked mackerel with gooseberry chutney and crème frâiche
- Pheasant terrine with Cumberland sauce
Champagne Lacourte-Godillon, 16, rue des Aillys, 51500 Ecueil / France