3 x NV Champagne Delphine Cazals La Chapelle du Clos Brut Blanc de Blancs (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.
La Chapelle du Clos is a plot cuvée from Clos Cazals in Oger. The grapes for this cuvée come from a plot planted by Delphine and her father, Claude, 25 years ago near a Chapel. Like the Clos Cazals Vieille Vigne, the Chapelle du Clos is made from a 100% Chardonnay single grape variety. The vinification of this cuvée is guaranteed by a passage of 10% in oak barrels. Aging on slats for 6 years in a vaulted cellar at Mesnil-sur-Oger is guaranteed to reveal all the complexity and finesse of this 100% Oger cuvée.
It expresses itself clearly on notes of white flowers, orange blossom, white fruits with hints of citrus; making it greedy, subtle and silky with a delicate and continuous effervescence. Creamy, rich and complex. Touch of apple, butter and a little nutty, long aftertaste. The palate is lively and explosive, a savage freshness with power and finesse that characterizes this beautiful champagne.