Geoffroy 'Expression' Brut
Cépage 28% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Noir, 41% Meunier
Assemblage 53% 2015 and 47% 2014
Source Cumières 1er Cru and Hautvillers, average age of the vines is 20 years
Elevage Enameled tank and French oak foudre for the reserve wine
Sur latte 42 months
Expression is the premier cuvée of the estate where Jean-Baptiste systematically blends wine from two years. A wine that shows the beautiful ripe fruit aromas one expects to get from Cumières. Manual harvesting with sorting. Traditional Coquard wine press. Plot-by-plot vinification in temperature-controlled enamelled steel vats; reserve wine partly kept in oak casks.
Vallee de la Marne
Ripe and fragrant, with an expressive bouquet that releases beautiful aromas of apple sauce, enhanced with notes of vanilla.
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Press & Reviews
Disgorged in July 2019, the latest release of Geoffroy's NV Brut Expression delivers an inviting bouquet of pear, yellow apples, fresh pastry and hints of honeycomb. Medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, it's a chiseled, precise wine with a charming core of fruit, bright acids and a pinpoint mousse, concluding with a delicately chalky finish. It will show even better after another year or two on cork.
Juicy green pear, quince, grapefruit zest and dried apricot fruit flavors mix with an aromatic streak of minerality and lightly chalky acidity in this well-meshed, lively Champagne. Drink now through 2017. –AN
(43% pinot meunier, 32% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay; 65% of the fruit was from 2010 and the rest from 2009 and 2008; disgorged in July, 2013 after 30 months on its lees): Pale onion skin color. Aromas of fresh pear, lemongrass and lime zest, with a hint of jasmine. Juicy and penetrating, with tangy citrus and orchard fruit and flavors underscored by a note of chalky minerality. Finishes clean and racy, with lingering floral and gingery spice qualities.
This version of Geoffroy's non-vintage brut is notable for its lower percentage of meunier (32), as well as its increased percentage of reserve wine (30), which, as usual, is made up of last year's blend of Expression. To me, this cuvée has become more overtly refined over the years—this edition still feels extroverted and gregarious in the Geoffroy style, but there's a marked finesse about the bold, red-fruit flavors that wasn't always present before, and a wonderful balance between the ripeness of fruit and the citrusy, mandarin orange-like acidity. It's earthy and broad on the palate but never rustic, and it's already showing terrifically well even though it's only just been released. While Geoffroy has recently been using only MCR (concentrated and rectified must) for his dosage, this wine was dosed with a traditional liqueur: "I tried MCR," he says, "but for whatever reason it didn't seem to integrate very well with the wine this year, so I went back to liqueur." Could this be a factor contributing to the unusual harmony of this wine? Last tasted: 3/10