Champagne Louis De Sacy Inedite Review And Tasting Notes
If you are looking for a Champagne that is rocky, elegant, and opulent but not too radical in style, the Champagne Louis De Sacy Inedite is your wine. It has everything you could ask for from a child of the Reims Mountain: elegance, depth, aromatic richness, creaminess, scents worthy of a Mumbai hipster pastry, and a lot of depth. It has one flaw: it is a blanc de blanc.
But how, you might say, is Verzy one of the legendary grand cru of Pinot Noir, and you offer us a Chardonnay?
Let’s stay calm, and trust us: this wine is a bomb, a supernova of aromas and acidity, a cornucopia of flavors ranging from almonds, to apple pie, through citrus and fruit in syrup.
But above all, what amazes me about this wine is its ambition. Of course, they could have planted only Pinot Noir, but also Chardonnay manages to find structure, versatility, and complexity that leave you speechless.
How is it done?
If you don’t know the Louis De Sacy winery, they are druids, almost crazy for their recklessness, even if they have reached the thirteenth generation of winemakers.
Each vintage is different, pyrotechnic, espressive. The processing is almost organic: they are getting there, but in the meantime, they limit the treatments to a minimum. They have banned chemical herbicides and pesticides on the 18 hectares of the property. We are in Verzy, a cold district where Pinot Noir has always dominated. Still, the Chardonnay acquires a rare fullness thanks to vineyards more than 40 years old and very favorable exposures.
After the harvest, the grapes are pressed, and the grape must ferments thanks to indigenous yeasts and matures in steel and wood. After the second fermentation, the wine rests on the lees for seven years. And this already makes you understand that structure and longevity will be the two cornerstones of this excellent Champagne.
The color is golden yellow but dark and rich. The bouquet is opulent and decadent, full of rocks but already evolved, in perennial balance between citrus fruits and cream apple pies, seaweed and butter, and cotton candy and cedar jam. But don’t think it is heavy or elephantine: no, on the contrary, it is an explosion, a continuous pounding.
The pace is pressing, the richness is stunning, and the scent of the yeasts takes on a credible volume that gives great elegance.
On the palate, it has texture and pulp. Vertical but unfolds layer by layer, driven by a freshness that is nothing short of glacial.
Stick and carrot. Flavors of marzipan and lemon cream alternate with peaches in vanilla syrup. Acidity, salt, and the creaminess of the yeasts are in constant struggle: they try to prevail, even if, in the end, the balance dominates.
The sip is satisfying and rich, and the structure is impressive, but the precision draws a clean, aromatic picture with a granite base.
Salt, oysters, and seaweeds continually return to play down. The evolution is already good, and the slightly oxidized tones (dried fruit and medicinal flavors) are splendid and enriched with nutty tones.
Despite great drinkability, it is not an immediate and simple Champagne. The concentration is excellent, like the meat you will find in this bottle. However, it never falls into the trap of complacency, and the pace is unstoppable.
65 euros: it’s not cheap, but it is a wine with a unique personality, a courageous Champagne that proves that even Chardonnay can be outstanding in Verzy.