Over the last month there has been discussions on the board about Champagne in general and quite a bit of it has been about Special Club Champagne. Some general background information about what the club is and how a wine becomes a Special Club was previously posted at this link.

Here is some additional geeky information about the current Special Club members and wines:

Only 3 Special Club bottlings are 100% Pinot Meunier:
Mousse
Joseph Loriot-Pagel
Salmon (starting with the 2011 vintage)

Only 1 Special Club is 100% Pinot Noir:
Paul Bara (and he only makes his Blanc de Noir occasionally)

7 Special Clubs are 100% Chardonnay:
Launois
Vazart Coquart
Gimonnet
Roland Champion
Margaine
Larmandier
Dumenil (although their first bottling will be the 2012 vintage)

The remainder of the Special Clubs are blends.

There is only 1 Special Club producer in the Aube:
Remy Massin

Only 2 Rose' Special Clubs are made:
Paul Bara
Mousse (starting with a Rose de Saignee in 2012)

Only 7 Special Clubs are 100% Grand Cru:
Launois
Vazart Coquart
Goutorbe
Roland Champion
Juillet-Lallement
Paul Bara
Chiquet (only occasionally though as sometimes he includes grapes from Premier Cru sites)

There were 12 founding members in 1971. I was only able to find information on 7 of them:
Gimonnet
Nomine-Renard
Larmandier
Charlier Fils
Grognet
Goutorbe
Bara

All of these are still in the Club. If anyone knows who the other 5 founding members were, please post.

Former members of the club include:
Larmandier-Bernier
Gosset-Barbant
Leclerc-Briant
Pierre Peters
Janisson-Baradon
Lamiable
Le Brun-Servenay
Philippe Gonet
Hatte
DeVille
Jacquart
Quenardel
Sugot-Feneuil

VM
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Originally posted by wine+art:
VM, I thought about you recently.

I opened a bottle of the 2008 L.Aubry Le Nombre d'Or Sable BdB Brut.

It uses all four of the allowed grapes for a Blanc des Blancs. The wine said Brut, but drank like an Extra Brut I thought.

I had the 2007 vintage a little over a year ago. It was labelled Brut also but only had 2g/ltr dosage. My note:

2007 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Le Nombre d'Or Sablé Blanc des Blancs Brut Campanae Veteres Vites - France, Champagne (10/1/2014)
Ordered a bottle of this at Pops for $140. Disgorged Sept. 2012. This Montagne de Riems producer owns 17 hectares (all premier cru) in the town of Jouy, Pargny and Villedommange. This wine is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 30% Petit Meslier, 20% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc. 2 g/l dosage. Clear light yellow color. I'd been looking forward to trying this Champagne made primarily with legacy grapes. A very clean and crisp wine with a high bead. You could taste the leanness of the 2007 vintage. Notes of asian pear, chalk, ginger and orange peel. Some saltiness on the finish which I've noticed in quite a few 2007's. Would like to try this again from a better vintage. 91 points.

VM
quote:
Originally posted by Vino Me:
Only 7 Special Clubs are 100% Grand Cru:
Launois
Vazart Coquart
Goutorbe
These two are the best of all the Special Clubs I've tried.

Roland Champion
Juillet-Lallement
Paul Bara
Chiquet (only occasionally though as sometimes he includes grapes from Premier Cru sites)
quote:
Originally posted by Vino Me:
quote:
Originally posted by wine+art:
VM, I thought about you recently.

I opened a bottle of the 2008 L.Aubry Le Nombre d'Or Sable BdB Brut.

It uses all four of the allowed grapes for a Blanc des Blancs. The wine said Brut, but drank like an Extra Brut I thought.

I had the 2007 vintage a little over a year ago. It was labelled Brut also but only had 2g/ltr dosage. My note:

2007 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Le Nombre d'Or Sablé Blanc des Blancs Brut Campanae Veteres Vites - France, Champagne (10/1/2014)
Ordered a bottle of this at Pops for $140. Disgorged Sept. 2012. This Montagne de Riems producer owns 17 hectares (all premier cru) in the town of Jouy, Pargny and Villedommange. This wine is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 30% Petit Meslier, 20% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc. 2 g/l dosage. Clear light yellow color. I'd been looking forward to trying this Champagne made primarily with legacy grapes. A very clean and crisp wine with a high bead. You could taste the leanness of the 2007 vintage. Notes of asian pear, chalk, ginger and orange peel. Some saltiness on the finish which I've noticed in quite a few 2007's. Would like to try this again from a better vintage. 91 points.

VM


I had this wine March 2014, and I think I liked it a bit more than you did:

I had an interesting and almost exciting Champagne tonight from a producer new to me, 2007 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Sablé Le Nombre d'Or Campanae Veteres Vites Brut Blanc de Blancs. It is quite atypical of the Champagnes I have been drinking lately.

Besides it having a lively and very persistent mousse, I kept trying to imagination this wine without the bubbles. It has great acidity, lots of citrus flavour, hints of ginger, and a lot of mineral, following a fairly floral nose. It is quite intense, and finishes very long, clean, crisp. It finally hit me what this wine strongly reminded me of: a very good young Chablis, but with bubbles.

I don't know how it will evolve over time-- though I suspect it will become creamier and put on some weight, but it would be great now with fish or seafood, especially with a cream sauce. I highly recommend this (currently available at K&L, probably other shops as well) for a slightly different but still very enjoyable Champagne experience.
quote:
Originally posted by Redhawk:
I have yet to run across any Special Club Champgnes, but your topic title is brilliant, and the use of the key words "geeky" and "information" hooked me instantly!

Maybe I should have gotten a degree in marketing instead of going to secretarial school.

VM
quote:
Originally posted by Vino Me:
quote:
Originally posted by Redhawk:
I have yet to run across any Special Club Champgnes, but your topic title is brilliant, and the use of the key words "geeky" and "information" hooked me instantly!

Maybe I should have gotten a degree in marketing instead of going to secretarial school.

VM

Big Grin
Some more geeky Club info. In 2012, Cedric Mousse has put out 2 Special Club Champagnes. His normal one he has released for years and a new 2012 Mousse Spécial Club Rosé de Saignée. I believe this is the first time a Rosé de Saignée has ever been put out as a Special Club. 100% Meunier, Extra Brut and sourced from their oldest plot, the "Les Bouts de la Ville".

VM
quote:
Originally posted by Vino Me:
Some more geeky Club info. In 2012, Cedric Mousse has put out 2 Special Club Champagnes. His normal one he has released for years and a new 2012 Mousse Spécial Club Rosé de Saignée. I believe this is the first time a Rosé de Saignée has ever been put out as a Special Club. 100% Meunier, Extra Brut and sourced from their oldest plot, the "Les Bouts de la Ville".

VM

Isn"t Marc Hebrart a special club member?
quote:
Originally posted by DoktaP:
quote:
Originally posted by Vino Me:
Some more geeky Club info. In 2012, Cedric Mousse has put out 2 Special Club Champagnes. His normal one he has released for years and a new 2012 Mousse Spécial Club Rosé de Saignée. I believe this is the first time a Rosé de Saignée has ever been put out as a Special Club. 100% Meunier, Extra Brut and sourced from their oldest plot, the "Les Bouts de la Ville".

VM

Isn"t Marc Hebrart a special club member?

Definitely! Either that, or Hebrart is using the "Special Club" name without permission. Wink
quote:
Originally posted by Danyull:
What would be reasons someone would drop out of the Special Club besides the obvious reason of not wanting to make a Special Club wine?

Just because you are a member in the Club Tressors (Special Club) does not mean you have to make a Special Club wine every year. If I recall correctly, I don't think any member made a SC wine in 2003.

To answer your question, the biggest reasons a member might want to leave the club is to gain more flexibility in what they make or to grow. Membership requires that you only make wine from your own estate grapes. No purchasing grapes even though non club grower producers are allowed to buy a limited percentage of grapes. I recall Cedric Mousse telling me that he was managing some of the neighboring vineyards near him and growing their grapes to his specifications. He wanted to be able to put them out under his label but the club rules would not allow that. He would have to put them out under a separate label. With respect to growing your business, with land at such a premium in Champagne, any club member that wanted to expand would be hard pressed to do so unless they purchased grapes.

VM

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