A SO DARK Grand Cru 2015 champagne
First clue: Men and women who combine forces to promote their craft together. Second clue: 15 cooperatives participating in the creation of the champagnes. Third clue: Grapes from the finest terroirs of the Côte des Blancs, as well as the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne.
Did you get it?
It’s Champagne De Saint-Gall, of course!
Behind one terroir there may be another... Champagne De Saint-Gall, a great producer of Blanc de Blancs, is unveiling a new champagne crafted mainly from Pinot Noirs from the Montagne de Reims hillsides: SO DARK! SO PINOT NOIR.
The alchemy between the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
SO DARK Grand Cru 2015 is a blend of Pinot Noir (80%) from terroirs classified as Grand Cru in the Montagne de Reims (Ambonnay and Bouzy) and Chardonnay (20%) from Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant). The Pinot Noir lends vinosity and structure to the wine, the Chardonnay expresses freshness and minerality.
A look back at 2015
2015 was a straightforward year with a mild and rather wet winter. From mid-May onwards, the weather turned very hot and dry. After 1976 and 2003, it was the third-warmest year in the last 50 years. The return of the rain at the end of August allowed the grapes to plump out and ripen perfectly. The harvest kicked off on 8 September and produced some very promising musts.
Appearance: Crystal clear, with a pale-yellow hue and copper highlights.
Nose: Slightly toasted, roasted hazelnuts and pears. Lemon notes in the background.
Palate: Full and direct on entry. The SO DARK champagne reveals aromas of pears and light liquorice overtones. It is a powerful wine that whets the appetite.
Food and wine pairings
Try SO DARK 2015 paired with a duck burger and sweet potato fries to create the ultimate street food experience! Or head off to Italy and pair it with a plate of porcini risotto. And for a sweet finale, serve up this champagne with an apple, pear and almond tart.