R. Renaudin

I have admired this house since encountering a delicious 1976 vintage on an early visit to Champagne. The holdings are all in the villages of Moussy and Pierry, just south of Epernay and just above the start of the Cote des Blancs. Their spacious buildings are testimony to the scale of their former operations. Now they are content to sell off the majority of their grapes to other houses while retaining the best for themselves, all of which are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Production is now down to a scant 50,000 bottles a year, and they show no hurry to sell anything! One of the attractions is their considerable library of old vintages for sale — including a significant quantity of 1990 in Methusalem! (Moussy)

Available Wines

R. Renaudin 2002. “Espiègle” Brut

We snapped up the last stocks of this great vintage, barely believing our luck. Partly because they block the malolactic fermentation, “Espiègle” always shows especially vibrantly, which is a perfect foil to the luxuriance of the vintage. Another wine for the long haul.

R. Renaudin N.V. Brut Reserve

When you realize that this wine is entirely from the banner year of 2008, and was disgorged in November 2015, you will know that it is not a normal N.V. blend. Still fresh from its extended period en tirage, the mousse is noticeably fine. The strikingly cool mineral nose is followed by a taut, crisp palate just beginning to enter its secondary biscuit phase. This will be a long-distance runner.