There seems something just a little bit likeable and eccentric about the team behind Champagne Brimoncourt, a new Champagne house in an old region. A scroll through their website confirms this. The brand itself last appeared on a label in the 1950s, but Alexandre Cornot, born in Reims, acquired it in 2008 and after several years of small steps launched its first non-vintage release in 2014. With Cornot’s background to date including the navy, the law and buying and selling art, there’s a bit of a relatable departure from the norm.
Brimoncourt has now found its way to Australian shores, and I tasted a couple of their new releases. The Brimoncourt Régence Brut NV is a classically profiled Champagne, with aromatics of strawberry, lemon, stones and brioche characters. The mousse is fine, and the acidity fresh, elegant and linear, with brioche and lemon notes to the fore. The dosage is around 7 to 8g of residual sugar, which gives the wine a good balance on the palate. There is a lot to like here. The Brimoncourt Blanc de Blancs is a racier style again, and firmer. Its aromatics remind of lemons and stones, with yeast characters restrained. The palate is fresh, clean and minerally, with high acid and lemon notes. This Champagne is made from chardonnay sourced from the north of the Côte de Blancs, and it shows. Stylistically distinct, this is another good release.
Price: not yet released, Abv: 12.5%, Source: sample, Vendors and website: http://brimoncourt.com, Tasted: 2015