Seller: grower_champagne (159) 100%, Location: Victoria, Ships to: AU, Item: 151977052964 Brand: Imported French Champagne, Volume: 750mL, Quantity: 1, Grape Variety: Pinot Noir / Chardonnay / Pinot Meunier, Country: France, Era: 2000s, Details: Our MissionPersonally source the best value undiscovered cuvees to come out of the Champagne vineyards of France.No ordinary Bottle-O: At David Donald Champagnes we stock many unique & exclusive champagnes you simply won't find anywhere else.Deliver that something special to your door step anywhere in Australia. Know Your ChampagneThe Champagne region is one of the most exciting today, with a bevy of small producers creating flavours giving a greater expression of style and place.A prime focus - and a personal passion - are the members of an elite group of grower-producers known as the 'Club Trésors de Champagne' or 'Special Club', which was founded in 1971. Currently consisting of 28 producers, all member wines undergo a rigorous selection before release and are the pinnacle of what they can produce.To become a 'Special Club' release requires the absolute best and is a guarantee of excellence. There are good Champagnes... There are great Champagnes... And then there is the Special Club... Find out more here Product Details Thierry Forget is the fourth generation to head this family estate, situated in the Premier Cru village of Ludes in the Montagne de Reims. Thierry took over control from his father Edmond in 1991; however, this is still very much a family affair with all members actively involved. The day we visited the estate, we met Thierry’s wife Céline who runs the business side of things as well as his dad, Edmond, who still assists with work in the vineyards to this day.As with many growers, estate-bottling has been a relatively recent occurrence: Thierry’s great-grandfather sold all of his grapes, while his grandfather Paul, who excavated the family’s cellars in the late 1940s, bottled about 30% of his harvest under the label Forget-Bérèche, then sold off the rest. The Forget-Chemin label began in the late 1960s when Thierry’s father Edmond married Denise Chemin. Edmond then increased the proportion of estate-bottled champagne to about 70% of the total harvest. These days, Thierry sells just one hectare of grapes, and retains the rest for his own production.Not content with the experience and knowledge passed down to him, Thierry obtained his wine making qualification ‘Oenologue Diplômé’ in Reims in 1988. Today the family owns and tends 12.5 hectares of vines; 60 parcels scattered among 10 villages, some of which are just outside the back door of the house. Thierry believes that having so many plots he is afforded two distinct advantages: restricting potential damage caused by hail storms and other vagaries of climate, and enabling optimal picking times as certain varieties will ripen at different times in the varied locations. Thierry’s prime focus is on viticulture and although carrying out many organic practices, he is not seeking certification. He reserves the right to be able to use synthetic sprays as a last resort should mildew ever be a serious threat. “Organic farming and biodynamics are very interesting to me, but I am too scientifically-oriented to be bound to them.” Thierry’s passion for the vine is apparent and is one of the main driving forces in his belief of the Special Club and their approach to viticulture and the land. Disgorgement and bottling are all performed by hand, so the dosage levels can be at the request of the purchaser. Disgorgement dates are printed on the side of the cork.Thierry is adamant that there cannot be a ‘formula’ to create a Special Club release, as each vintage is different and the best possible expression will vary accordingly. On my visit, I was fortunate enough to view the composition list for previous releases, and the range of blends is incredible. To illustrate Thierry’s masterful blending skills, I have reproduced the list below.199650% Pinot Noir, 50% Pinot Meunier200450% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Meunier (50% Verneuil, 50% Taissy)199750% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Meunier200550% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier199850% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir200650% Pinot Meunier, 38% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Noir199960% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier200740% Ludes Chardonnay, 30% Taissy Pinot Meunier, 30% Mailly Pinot Noir200068% Chardonnay, 8% Pinot Noir, 24% Pinot Meunier200850% Mailly/Ludes Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay200250% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir200947% Mailly Pinot Noir, 23% Ludes Chardonnay, 30% Taissy Pinot Meunier Champagne Forget-Chemin15 Rue Victor Hugo, 51500 LudesTel: +33 3 26 61 12 17DescriptionWhat David has to say..."Thierry Forget is an extremely talented artisan winemaker. He does not work to a formula and every Special Club cuvée is a different blend, depending on the particulars of the year. The 2006 is a mixture of 50% Pinot Meunier, 38% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Noir. It is an interesting contrast to the 2008 Special Club and well worth the exercise of tasting them side by side. There are fresh spicy notes, ginger and exotic fruits and a lovely fullness and roundness to the palate. The wine is multi-layered with depth and length. Thus far, Thierry has been flying under the radar but I believe him to be a winemaker that should be watched and more widely known.He is a true artisan producer and a highly skilled one at that!"95pts – David DonaldAdditional InformationVintage2006RegionChampagneAlcohol Vol12 - 14%Volume750mLCase Size1 Bottle PaymentIf paying by bank deposit, please leave your ebay username in the description so that your payment may be readily identified. ShippingHow long will it take for my order to be processed?Your order will be processed within 1 business day and sent direct to you by courier. 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