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Assemblage Sans Année Autre Cru - NV

Domaine Nowack

3.90 / 5.0

France » Champagne AOC
white sparkling, extra-brut
NV, based on 2020
On lees
~24 months
Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
2290 UAH
not available
Domaine Nowack Assemblage Sans Année Autre Cru NV


3.90 / 5.0750 ml@101 Bar

A bit shy and not convincing. A glass of this wine and it's like nothing happened. Anyways, it's fresh, clean (despite the talk about 'natural' wine-making), racy and balanced. Perlage is weak, which can be a good thing for some people. The bouquet is quite simple - notes of green apple, citrus and cookies. Need to retry.

Domaine Nowack

Domaine Nowack, situated in Vandières in the Vallée de la Marne, has emerged as a beacon of innovation and quality in the Champagne region under the guidance of Flavien Nowack. Since joining his family's domaine in 2011, Flavien has been a part of a movement towards single-vineyard, single-variety, and single-vintage Champagne production, underscoring a commitment to expressing the distinct terroir of Vandières.

Embracing organic farming practices and harvesting grapes only at full maturity, Flavien initially produced three Champagnes from 3 hectares provided by his father. His early ambition was to showcase the differences between Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay from three single parcels, all situated at the same elevation within Vandières. This innovative approach highlights the distinct characteristics of each varietal when grown in the same terroir.

His non-interventionist approach in the vineyard and the cellar, including avoiding chaptalization and malolactic fermentation, underscores the purity and delicate nature of his Champagnes. He relies on the natural yeast from unfermented grape must for the secondary fermentation in the bottle, further emphasizing the wine's vinous characteristics. He bottles his Champagnes under lower pressure, which contributes to their unique, vinous quality.