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Review #6 | Champagne Boizel, Brut, Réserve, NV, Èpernay, Champagne, France

Posted on August 8, 2020 by Raymond James Irwin in Champagne Reviews

“A Family.  A House.  A Tradition”

The Boizel Family has been producing champagne since 1834 and is now in its 5th generation. The house has survived two World Wars, Phylloxera, a global pandemic (Spanish flu) and a global market crash.  History of grape growing and wine production dates back to the 16th century for the matriarch of this house, Julie Martin. What is incredible and something rarely done in the 1800’s was that both of their last names were incorporated into the label to show a true partnership, “Boizel-Martin.” 

The Brut Reserve is a gorgeous expression of the house, only 1st press juice (the cuvee) is used, never secondary pressings, and provides a powerful champagne from the large amount of Pinot Noir used (55%) with 30% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier. Their champagnes are always more than double the mandatory aging; in this case, the Reserve is aged between 3-4 years in their cellars and 30% reserve wine added for richness and complexity.  There is a lot of honey crisp apple and toasted bread qualities along with ripe apricot, apple compote, and toasted almonds. I love this champagne by itself, with a lighter meal, or honestly, even a cigar.

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