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Champagne V. Testulat a Fifth Generation Champagne Estate

The Champagne Testulat estate dates back to 1862. Today the fifth generation of the family tends the 20 hectares (almost 50 acres) of vines and crafts the champagnes. The vineyards are located around the town of Epernay. We had an opportunity to taste four of Champagne Testulat champagnes in a tasting in Washington DC organized by the APVSA (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in America).

The first champagne tasted by this producer was the Blanc de Blancs Brut made with 100% Chardonnay. The dosage was 6g/l. The champagne spent three years aging prior to disgorgement. This yellow colored wine had multiple columns of tiny bubbles. Apples were noticed on the aroma and taste. The mouthfeel was soft. The champagne is perfect to use an an aperitif or paired with shellfish.

The Carte d’or Blanc de Noirs Brut was an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The yellow colored champagne had multiple columns of tiny bubbles. The wine aged for three years prior to disgorgement. The dosage was 8 g/l. The champagne offered red berry fruit and freshly baked bread. It had a very creamy mouthfeel. Use this champagne as an aperitif.

The Cuvée Paul Vincent Millesimée Brut was crafted with 100% Chardonnay. The grapes come from the best family vineyards during the 2011 vintage. The wine aged for five years and had a dosage of 5 g/l. The light yellow colored champagne had multiple columns of tiny bubbles forming a center mousse on the surface. The wine had citrus overtones as well as freshly baked bread notes. The mouthfeel was very creamy. Use this elegant champagne as an aperitif or with light dishes.

The Rosé Charlotte Brut was a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. Some of the Pinot Noir still wine was added to achieve the salmon color with an orange hue. The wine aged for three years prior to disgorgement and had a dosage of 7 g/l. The wine offered red berry fruits and was crisp. Use as an aperitif or pair with a chocolate dessert.


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