Perché Margherita è buona, perché Margherita è bella...

I'm borrowing the title of this post from a verse of an old Italian song written by Riccardo Cocciante. Cocciante was born of French mother (French like this Champagne I'm presenting) and of Italian father (Italian like the place where I've tasted it). The title of the song is Margherita, the italian for Marguerite
This just in case you are wondering about the title. Ok, you are not wondering, you are just saying why Salvy is wasting my time with half a page of preface just to explain a title, he must be drunk :-)

No I'm not, not yet, I just thought it was nice to explain the title because sometimes titles are important.
Which are the 'titles' of this champagne, for example?
- It's a Millesime, a vintage (2002, one of the best in the last few decades).
- It's a Blanc de Blancs, i.e. made only from white grapes, i.e. Chardonnay.
- It's a Grand Cru, i.e. grapes are coming only from the best villages (note in Champagne are the villages to be classified, not the vineyards).
So, titles (non always, but sometimes) can tell you a lot. What does my title tell you? That this is a beautiful and very good bottle of champagne. 

Florence Guyot, the French lady producing this wine, named her Maison after her grandmother Marguerite. After a successful career importing Champagne wine into Italy, she started working together with Johan Casters in Demery to offer her own interpretation of Champagne. An interpretation that aims to show the elegant and feminine face of this double-fermented magic juice. 

Has the goal been achieved? Let's check by tasting her Marguerite Guyot Cuvée Extase Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2002.

Tasting Notes (Final Score 4.5/5)
It appears medium lemon-gold, featuring a persistent and ultra-fine perlage. On the nose it's clean offering notes of golden apples and tangerines, white flowers, prickly pears (a mix of yellow and white ones, namely surfarina and muscaredda varieties, particularly juicy and firm in the autumnal version of the so called 'scuzzulati'), sourdough-bread crust.
On the palate is dry (dosage 7g/l), med+ acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, with mineral sensations yet creamy texture (10 years are spent ageing on lees). A chalky vein supports the elegant med+ finish.
Outstanding quality, Drink now or hold - it can keep developing for several years. This is a rare and magnificent vintage. Premium Price. 100% Chardonnay. Damery, Champagne, France.

Conclusions? Yes, the goal has been achieved: this is an elegant and feminine expression of a great Chamapagne vintage. Not a huge production, but quite easy to find in Italy. A shame, instead, I've never seen this label in the UK. Will keep investigating...Cheers!


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