Maison Claude Cazals is in the legendary Grand Cru town of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and it is one of the very few estates in Champagne to have a ‘clos’ or walled vineyard. It is very particular due to its exposure and geological makeup, and was enclosed by stone walls many years ago to create a kind of micro-cosmos. Cazals is a southern name, more precisely one from Herault, in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, but the family has been in Champagne since Ernest Cazals, a professional tonnelier, came to deliver large barrels in 1897 and decided to move to Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. His grandson Claude established the Maison and he is considered the inventor of the ‘gyropalette’, a mechanical instrument used to speed up the remuage period. After his death in 1996, his daughter Delphine took over the family business which today includes nine hectares of vineyards, all within Grand Cru and Premier Cru areas.
The absolute jewel in the crown. Medium deep golden yellow in colour The bouquet shows nicely developed signs of baked apple, citrus, butter and nut, hints of biscuit and minerals. The palate is creamy, rich and complex. Preg of apple, butter and a little nutty, long on the finish.