6 x NV Champagne Claude Cazals Cuvée Vive Blanc de Blanc (750ml), Provenance: Restaurant Mosaic Wine Cellar Collection
Champagne Claude Cazals is run by the ebullient Delphine Cazals; her house is attached to the winery, and Delphine’s mother lives in the château inside the Clos de Cazals. The estate was founded in 1897 by Ernest Cazals, a cooper from the south of France. He was Catalan, hence the name, same as the renowned cellist, Pablo Casals. He moved to Champagne where he met his wife, and together they created a Champagne house in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Since then, three generations of wine-growers – including Delphine’s father Claude Cazals, who invented the gyropalette in 1969 – have followed each other at the head of the winery. This small family estate has the status of RM (Récoltant Manipulant) and produces around 5500 cases per year.
‘The NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cuvée Vive unfurls in the glass with scents of wet stones, iodine, lemon oil, crisp green apple and brioche. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with a ripe core of fruit, racy acids and a penetratingly chalky finish. This finely balanced bottling is showing very well.’ - William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 92/100 (Apr 2020)
‘Fresh and round with mature aromas, citrus and peach. Palate is forward and approachable, with hints of exotic fruit in support of the chalky elegance.’ - Decanter.com, 16/20